Veterinary technology is amazing and we have come very far in the advancement of veterinary medicine and the medical equipment that is used on a daily basis. A big part of veterinary medicine is diagnostic testing and one of the most common diagnostic tests that doctors use is an ultrasound.
The first thing to consider before you decide to purchase an ultrasound machine is whether it will be new or used. Of course it is always nice to get brand new things, but sometimes new equipment can be a little cost prohibitive. New equipment often comes with some type of customer support, which is great if you have staff members that may need training or support with the new machine. Depending on where the used equipment is coming from you may still be able to get some type of warranty or customer support. This is not as likely if you are buying from a private owner but it is always worth looking in to. Quite often used equipment will be in great shape and it tends to cost much less than brand new equipment.
The next big consideration when thinking about buying a canine ultrasound machine is whether you want a portable or a stationary unit. There are pros and cons to owning either machine depending on what type of veterinary practice you have. If you have a small practice or don’t perform a lot of ultrasounds then a portable unit may be the better choice. If you perform several ultrasounds daily or have a very busy practice then a standard unit may be the best choice for you. Regardless of your final choice, do your homework ahead of time to ensure that you are making the best choice.
The cost for a canine ultrasound machine can vary depending on where you buy the machine and what type you buy. If you have a certain budget that you need to stick to it may be a good idea to do some price checking between various companies before you make a final decision. Some people don’t mind investing a great deal of money in their machine because they will have it for years to come.