Ultrasound Supply recommends the use of a surge protector along with a dedicated power outlet. Probes should be disinfected after every use with a disinfectant wipe proven not to damage the lens.
GE Voluson i Dimensions & Weight
Height: 70 mm (2.5 in)
Width: 391 mm (14.2 in)
Depth: 378 mm (12.4 in)
Weight: (no peripherals) 5.7 kg (12.3 lbs.) (includes battery), 5 kg (11 lbs.) (without battery), approx. 38 lbs. with packaging
Voluson i Specifications
Digital Beam former
Displayed Imaging Depth: 0 – 30 cm
Minimum Depth of Field: 0 – 1 cm (Zoom, probe dependent)
Maximum Depth of Field: 0 – 30 cm (probe dependent)
Up to 239 dB Dynamic Range
GE Voluson i Electrical
Voltage: 100 – 250 V
Frequency: 47/63 Hz
GE Voluson i Revisions: BT06 to BT07
GE first launched the Voluson i in 2006 at the same time as the Voluson E8. That first version was designated as BT06. “BT” is an abbreviation of “Break Through” and the number designates the year in which this version was launched. So the Voluson i BT06 was launched in 2006 and was in production till the next version in 2007, the Voluson i BT07. The BT07 revision provided minor bug fixes to the software and support for two new transducers; the RAB4-8-RS 4D high frequency convex and the RNA5-9-RS 4D microconvex.
GE Voluson i Revisions: BT09 to BT14
The Voluson i BT09 revision was a huge update and added the following features and options: VCI, XTD View, STIC, SonoAVC, SonoVCAD Heart, SonoVCAD Labor, HD Flow, and HD-Zoom. In addition to this the GE Voluson-I BT09 also added support for five new transducers: the RIC5-9W-RS 4D intracavitary, the 9L-RS linear, the IC5-9W-RS intracavitary, the AB2-7-RS convex, and the SP10-16-RS high frequency linear. The next revision was BT11 that added the popular SonoNT option to automate the common Nuchal Translucency scan. The current revision in production is the Voluson-i BT14 that adds Volume CINE and support for the RAB2-6-RS 4D convex and 8C-RS microconvex probes. Ultrasound Supply recommends buying the Voluson i BT09 and newer.
All revisions of the GE Voluson i
GE Voluson i (BT06)
GE Voluson i (BT07)
GE Voluson i (BT09)
GE Voluson i (BT11)
GE Voluson i (BT14)
Popular configurations of the Voluson i in 2016
GE Voluson i BT11 with 2 transducers
RAB4-8-RS 4D Convex
E8C-RS 2D Endovaginal
GE Voluson i BT14 with 3 transducers
RAB4-8-RS 4D Convex
4C-RS 2D Convex
E8C-RS 2D Endovaginal
All GE Voluson i probes / transducers
4D Convex RAB2-5-RS [ 1 – 4 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mm, max depth 30cm
4D Convex RAB2-6-RS [ 2 – 6 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mm, max depth 26cm
4D Convex RAB4-8-RS [ 2 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mm, max depth 26cm
4D Microconvex RNA5-9-RS [ 3 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 15.4mm, max depth 18cm
4D Endocavitary RIC5-9-RS [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 11.6mm radius, max depth 16cm
4D Endocavitary RIC5-9W-RS [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 11.3mm radius, max depth 16cm
4D Linear RSP6-16-RS [ 6 – 18 MHz ] 192 elements, 80.7mm volume sweep radius
Convex 4C-RS [ 2 – 5 MHz ] 128 elements, 60.5mm, max depth 30cm
Convex AB2-7-RS [ 2 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 41.2mm, max depth 28cm
Microconvex 8C-RS [ 4 – 11 MHz ] 128 elements, 26mm
Endocavitary E8C-RS [ 4 – 10 MHz ] 128 elements, 11.4m, max depth 16cm
Endocavitary IC5-9W-RS [ 3 – 10 MHz ] 192 elements, 11mm radius, max depth 16cm
Linear 12L-RS [ 4 – 12 MHz ] 192 elements, 37mm FOV, max depth 8cm
Linear 9L-RS [ 3 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 43mm FOV, max depth 14cm
Linear SP10-16-RS [ 7 – 18 MHz ] 192 elements, 33.7mm FOV, max depth 6cm
Advanced Voluson i probes
The GE Voluson i supports thirteen transducers. As the premier 4D portable the Voluson-i has 6 compatible volume probes including the rare [ 6 – 18 MHz ] RSP6-16-RS high frequency 4D linear transducer excellent for small parts, peripherals, pediatrics and vascular and the RNA5-9-RS 4D microconvex another rare option on any ultrasound machine, especially a portable.
Popular GE Voluson i probes
The RAB4-8-RS is the most popular 4D convex probe with a wide range. The RIC5-9W-RS is the most popular endocavitary probe for the Voluson-i. The 4C-RS is the most popular and inexpensive 2D convex and both the 12L-RS is the most commonly purchased linear probe for the Voluson-i.
Voluson i comparison with other GE ultrasound machines
The Voluson-i was launched in 2006 as the portable counterpart to the Voluson E8 and has many of the same features. In 2009, the slightly less expensive Voluson-e was launched with fewer features and transducers. The GE Logiq-e is similar in power and price to the Voluson-e but offers access to cardiac transducers and lacks the 4D probes. The Voluson-i has similar speed and image quality to the Voluson S6 and slightly superior to the Voluson 730.
Voluson-i vs Voluson-e
The GE Voluson-e looks identical to the more expensive Voluson-i, but the differences are in the software. The Voluson-e was launched in 2009 as a BT09 and lacks the following features: TUI (Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging) a multi slice imaging feature that allows doctors to manipulate and use ultrasound imagery as they would CT or MRI imagery, VCI (Volume Contrast Imaging), 4D biopsy, and STIC. In addition, the Voluson-e does NOT support the following transducers from the Voluson-i: 9L-RS linear, RNA5-9RS 4D microconvex, and SP10-16-RS high frequency linear. If these functions are transducers are not of use in your practice then the Voluson-e offers you a slightly more affordable option than the Voluson-i.