Buying an ultrasound machine is an investment and considering how you will be using your machine, what you will be using it for and how you plan to use it in the future are important considerations.
Some key considerations are:
Portability – How easily and comfortably will it be to carry with you? Is the machine light weight enough to comfortably check the entire herd?
Draminski Ultrasound Systems are designed to be lightweight and comfortable. Depending on the scanner, all systems weigh between 3.3 lbs. and 5.5 lbs. including the battery and the probe.
Ease of Use – Is it easy to learn and understand?
Draminski Ultrasound systems are easy, straightforward and very intuitive. One customer noted “…I will be honest, I haven’t read any of the user guide material other than the little quick start booklet since the iScan is so simple. I don’t think anyone needs training on that part.”
Durability – Is the machine robust enough to withstand the reality of your working conditions? Is it water resistant, dust proof, kick proof, drop proof? Is it made with plastic housing or something more durable?
Draminski Ultrasound systems are uniquely housed in an extremely robust casing made with a material called duraluminum and not plastic like many portable systems. This unique casing allows for an extremely lightweight, yet durable device that can withstand being dropped, kicked, stepped on, dust, water, etc.
Often used in aerospace design, duraluminum is known for its strength and lightweight nature. The casing will not crack if dropped or stepped on. The strength of the casing also allows for many of the scanners to be water resistant. Clean up is fast and easy as you can simply hose (or even power wash) the scanners off with water. A great feature for examining marine mammals and fish.
Power source – Does it require a power source or how long can you work portably using the batteries before they require recharging? How long does it take to recharge a battery? How long does the system require to start up?
Draminski Ultrasound systems are designed to start up immediately with no warm up time required. High quality lithium ion batteries recharge quickly and provide more than enough working time.
Systems allow for between 4.5 – 10 hours of portable working time.
Image quality – How much detail do you require to suit your goals? Basic pregnancy confirmation or exclusion requires less detail and a more affordable system, whereas fetal sexing, detailed reproductive diagnosis, etc., will require a great level of detail and a higher resolution. If it is a goggle, can you comfortably wear it for long periods of time?
Draminski Ultrasound systems are designed to suit different budgets and needs. If simple pregnancy checking is the goal, a basic and affordable system like the Sonofarm Mini is all that is required. Whereas, a more sophisticated system like the iScan will allow for tremendous detail as noted by Dr. Renne Bage, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; “…iScan is a user friendly, portable scanner with extremely high image quality and very high resolution. It’s possible to visualize really small details like the smallest antral follicles in the ovary and internal organs in early embryos.”
Versatility – does the system have the option to view on a screen, connect goggles and an external monitor if desired? Can you interchange probes to examen large and small animals if necessary?
Draminski Ultrasound systems offer a great deal of options to suit your goals. If examining large and small animals is a goal, the Draminski 4Vet Mini, AnimalProfi II and Sonofarm Mini all have the option of interchangeable probes.
If viewing options are important, the Draminski 4Vet Mini allows for use with the screen, connecting to goggles or an external monitor.
Service – Where is the servicing available if required? How long does it typically take? Is it possible to get a loaner machine during servicing? Are the electronics and components high quality and built to last?
FarmTech Solutions offers service and repair in Canada and is happy to provide you with a loaner ultrasound system if required.
Warranty – How long is the warranty? Does it cover all parts and components? If a ‘lifetime’ warranty is advertised, does it require a monthly service commitment/contract that includes a cost to you?
All Draminski Ultrasound systems come with a full two year manufacturer warranty and the probes include a full one year manufacturer warranty.
What are my goals? – Knowing what you want to accomplish will help guide you to the right system that is best suited to your goals. Ultrasound machines vary in price, image quality and features. If your goal is to simply determine pregnancy and nothing more, a simple, economical unit that offers image resolution to this degree is a good choice.
If you are seeking more detailed images for fetal sexing, fetal aging, pathology detection, etc. a system with a higher image resolution is required. If you plan to view your images during live scanning only, again, a simple, paired down unit is ideal, if want to save images and videos of scans to view later or download to your computer, a unit with memory is required. If you plan to examen large and small animals a unit with interchangeable probes is needed. Knowing your goals will help us to pair you with the unit that is right for you.