Quantcast

SonoScape ultrasound machine

This forum made possible through the generous support of SDN members, donors, and sponsors. Thank you.

PMR2008

PM&R
10+ Year Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Messages
803
Reaction score
335
Does anyone know of Sonoscape ultrasound machines. I am considering buying one but I have never even seen a unit. I am going to ask the seller to send me a unit so I can try it out for a few weeks. The prices for a new unit are very affordable but off course you get what you pay for. Thanks.
 

Gauss

Damnit Jim!
15+ Year Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2002
Messages
1,435
Reaction score
387
I have note heard favorable things about the company as it's made in china from a dubious manufacturer:
Address:
Yizhe Building, Yuquan Road, Shenzhen, China
 

PMR2008

PM&R
10+ Year Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Messages
803
Reaction score
335
Thats good info. Thanks for letting me know. I am probably just going to buy a refurbished unit from Sonosite or Terason.
 

DOctorJay

Full Member
15+ Year Member
Joined
May 8, 2004
Messages
3,639
Reaction score
1,190
Look into Biosound mylab 25 as well. Specepic has one.
 

MedBronc23

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
May 1, 2009
Messages
227
Reaction score
10
Sonosite reps seem very helpful at least at the conventions/conferences/courses (AAPMR, AIUM, AMSSM) I have attended recently. I am sure a refurbished sonosite would be fine for most peripheral nerve and MSK injections. The rep told me the ARMY docs use it diagnostically in combat zones and they have a very durable model they sell to armed forces.

At my program, we train on Phillips and GE units. IMHO Phillips is probably best for diagnostics but the new tower model sonosite is getting ready to put on market plus works on a completely touch screen interface like the iPad which is pretty slick.

DOctor Jay was looking into his new spot buying him a new US machine...what did you decide to go with?
 
3

314117

Aetna (BC/BS? I can't remember which one) started denying ultrasound-guided injections as experimental in New Jersey as of April. Expecting other insurers to follow suit.

I wouldn't buy an ultrasound machine now- the heyday may be over. You might never recoup the cost of the machine.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

PMR2008

PM&R
10+ Year Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Messages
803
Reaction score
335
Aetna (BC/BS? I can't remember which one) started denying ultrasound-guided injections as experimental in New Jersey as of April. Expecting other insurers to follow suit.

I wouldn't buy an ultrasound machine now- the heyday may be over. You might never recoup the cost of the machine.

That is very unfortunate news. I have not heard of similar issues in the midwest yet. I am going to buy a refurbished machine and even if I am not able to recoup the cost I want to use U/S for my patients because it is the right thing to do.
 

DOctorJay

Full Member
15+ Year Member
Joined
May 8, 2004
Messages
3,639
Reaction score
1,190
Sonosite reps seem very helpful at least at the conventions/conferences/courses (AAPMR, AIUM, AMSSM) I have attended recently. I am sure a refurbished sonosite would be fine for most peripheral nerve and MSK injections. The rep told me the ARMY docs use it diagnostically in combat zones and they have a very durable model they sell to armed forces.

At my program, we train on Phillips and GE units. IMHO Phillips is probably best for diagnostics but the new tower model sonosite is getting ready to put on market plus works on a completely touch screen interface like the iPad which is pretty slick.

DOctor Jay was looking into his new spot buying him a new US machine...what did you decide to go with?

OP asked about sonoscape not sonosite.

Still waiting on an answer from my practice. I'll post what we get as well as quotes when all is said and done.
 

Gauss

Damnit Jim!
15+ Year Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2002
Messages
1,435
Reaction score
387
Aetna (BC/BS? I can't remember which one) started denying ultrasound-guided injections as experimental in New Jersey as of April. Expecting other insurers to follow suit.

I wouldn't buy an ultrasound machine now- the heyday may be over. You might never recoup the cost of the machine.

aetna is always a pain in the arse...
I've heard that AIUM accreditation or ARDMS certification will overcome this.
 

RUOkie

Full Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
Mar 3, 2009
Messages
760
Reaction score
54
That is very unfortunate news. I have not heard of similar issues in the midwest yet. I am going to buy a refurbished machine and even if I am not able to recoup the cost I want to use U/S for my patients because it is the right thing to do.

I have been getting paid, and quite quickly in general here in OK. The only denial I got was from a w/c company saying I didn't send enough documentation (the report). So I printed the images to send to them. No big deal.
 

MedBronc23

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
May 1, 2009
Messages
227
Reaction score
10
OP asked about sonoscape not sonosite.

Still waiting on an answer from my practice. I'll post what we get as well as quotes when all is said and done.

Noted but the OP also mentioned buying a refurbished sonosite. So i commented on what I know. I did not even know there was a Sonoscape until this forum.

The Aetna news depresses me but I still love and will use US. Unless all reimbursement dies for it. Not likely....but best to work on my diagnostic skills with it to pay the bills since reimbursement for guidance looks murky.
 

MedBronc23

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
May 1, 2009
Messages
227
Reaction score
10
aetna is always a pain in the arse...
I've heard that AIUM accreditation or ARDMS certification will overcome this.

Hoping this is true. Have you obtained your ARDMS yet? I heard to test asap before test and submission of cases gets harder.
 

Gauss

Damnit Jim!
15+ Year Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2002
Messages
1,435
Reaction score
387
Hoping this is true. Have you obtained your ARDMS yet? I heard to test asap before test and submission of cases gets harder.

Yes I have both ardms and Working on Aium for group. I was one of the first to take it last year when there were actual requirements for it. I predict it will get harder. I'm supposed to write questions this year.
We're trying to force insurances to recognize sports board certification as the only qualification needed for using Msk ultrasound. It's going into the acgme fellowship program requirements and is being pushed into the abms board exam. Amssm is very active on this. Aapmr may join in but I don't sit on any of their committees to know what's going on. I'd guess asra would be involved as well
 
This thread is more than 8 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.
Top