Siemens Healthcare recently began quoting the Acuson P300TM, its first true foray into the highly competitive Compact/Point-of-care ultrasound segment. While this unit doesn’t feature any industry-disrupting technology that sets it apart from the rest in the field, the P300 is designed and priced to challenge heavyweights like SonoSite and GE for space in the general imaging and department-specific applications market.
With a 2-year standard warranty, the average purchase price of the P300 makes its arrival on the scene at a significantly lower price range than that of GE and SonoSite models that include 5-year warranties. Still, with a price point at about $30,000 (includes cart & two transducers) and given its flexibility, the P300 is sure to get close looks from physician’s offices and from specialty departments alike.
The P300 is compatible with 13 different transducers and can be mounted on an adjustable cart or carried by hand, making it ideal for multi-user clinical environments and small-space situations.
- Variety of applications: general diagnostic, cardiology, OB/Gyn, small parts, musculoskeletal, breast, vascular
- Advanced imaging technologies: speckle reduction, panoramic view, spatial compounding, harmonic imaging
- Versatility: two transducer ports, suite of 13 transducers including endocavity and laparoscopic specialty probes (no TEE transducer option yet)
- Portability: small cart footprint, fold-down screen for hand transport
- Viewability: 15-inch VXGA LCD display
- Standard 24-month warranty coverage
As always, MD Buyline will keep a close eye on the ever-expanding Compact/Point-of-care ultrasound market segment to monitor technology and pricing trends as they evolve over the next year. We’ll know further down the road if the P300’s broad range of uses can cover as much clinical ground as the GE LOGIQ e or the SonoSite models.
Author Note: Is your facility in the market for new ultrasound equipment? Has your facility completed a side-by-side comparative demo with the P300 against its competitors? We welcome your comments and questions on the P300 and all medical technology.