12" monochrome monitor with individual brightness and
contrast controls on a tilt/swivel mount.
A second 12" monochrome monitor with individual
brightness and contrast controls. It replaced the original 6" LCD patient
Trackball operation of multiple calipers
B-mode: linear measurements and area/perimeter
measurements using elliptical approximation, continuous trace or trace by
M-mode: Continuous readout of distance, time and slope
Mode independent Gain Control
Acoustic Power Control
Dynamic range control
Image View Area Control
M-mode Sweep Speed Control
Gray scale windowing
Scan Direction Control
White on black/black on white.
Real time zoom (Intelligent Zoom, Zoom ratio x2)
OB/GYN S/W Package
Cardiac program in M mode
Image Banks (5 frames)
Cine memory (max. 64 frames)
Image Filing system (Max 32.000 Image file)
AC 100V - 120V rms/AC 200V - 240V rms Selectable
Extra features (Software upgrade)
Phase Aberration Correction
They call it Optimum tissue imaging. It improves images taken
from fat/very fat patients.
Image quality is really excellent. I have found no noise
The images saved to the floppy drive have excellent
quality. The best I have found
Just one intracavitary probe for transvaginal and
transrectal examinations. It saves time, money and effort. This probe works
great for both transvaginal and transrectal examinations.
The intracavitary 6.5 MHz probe has an excellent view
field: 15 cm deep!
3 different frequencies available for each transducer and
they really make a difference
Image filing is very helpful
Zoom capabilities are outstanding. The best I have found
Cine memory is very useful, specially when scanning
The keyboard lighting is excellent. The best I have found
Probes are very light, easy to use and to orient
The user key (to save macros) is working very well now
and it is very useful
It is very easy to change probes. It is unnecessary to
turn off the machine
The machine looks pretty and has a professional looking
Keyboard orientation is very comfortable. It has
The kart has advantageous free space. It is very well
designed. The best from the machines I have used. Unfortunately it has a big
defect (see Problems and Warranty)
Probes position is appropriate
The user key is very useful to save macros
Medison seems to care about physicians' needs
Guarantee service has been good and fast.
Problems and Warranty
Medison upgraded my software on July 25/1998. There are new
features and it also fixed several problems. The machine works a lot better. The
software works like windows95: many bugs. However, they changed my Hard disk and
many bugs seemed to be fixed now. And finally the PC interface is working!
The main monitor position is not straight.
The place to locate the video printer is too deep and the
printer door could not open. I fixed it
* is not possible to work over the images saved to memory
banks. It is also impossible to use the image filing function for these images
The operation manual is poor. Medison does not tell how to
use several things (floppy drive, the PC interface, the left pedal, etc.). I
have had to solve many problems by myself, included Y2K compatibility (with ext.
Body marks mask data display
It is not possible to save images when using the body marks
We cannot use the body marks for dual images. It works just
for one image
Suggestions to Medison:
My main and strongest suggestion: Include inexperienced
sonologist to help the engineers design the machine functions and algorithms.
This suggestion is valid for all manufacturers. I have seen no machine yet that
has no useless functions and does not lack useful ones.
Enable an easy way to directly send the images the PC
hard disk. They gave me a cable con connect my PC to the scanner but they
told me I am the only physician doing and using that
Complete and better file manager for image filing
Use the Windows Platform
Include a screen saver. It is a MUST!
Enable a password for the machine
Enable the volume function for all applications
2.5 mm Trans-esophageal probe
Built-in gel heater
International character set
More room (characters) for the Hospital name
More specialized software
Include control and escape keys or an extra keyboard and
a second Monitor
Enable movement to the zoom window
Questions to Medison:
Question: What image improvement should we expect by using
the tissue functions (cyst, solid, fatty, normal?
Answer: Medison people told me they still do not know
Question: Do you supply biopsy guides for the transrectal
Answer: Medison engineers told me they sell these, but they
have not sold any to me. I have not found them available for purchase but found
several from other manufactureres. BTW, Now I can detect 7 prostate Cancer signs
Prostate Biopsy almost
I finally found a
way to check the SA6000 for the year 2000 problem. After several tries, I
realized it works but most users will have no easy way to verify it.
Many physicians use PCs to save our patients' records.
Some of us are also used to saving images in our PCs. I am sure it is about
time we all took advantage of machines like the SA 6000 that let us easily
save images on diskettes. I am doing it since 1994, and find the advantages
of this procedure very helpful.
I tried 5 different line printers (HP LaserJet 5P, HP 820
Cix, Canon BJC 600, Epson FX 1050 and Epson LX810) and none worked. Medison
recommend the HP DeskJet 850K
The patient monitor had many important defects: its
position was not adequate. It was very easy it fell or got bumped by
patients. Its resolution was poor. Medison replaced it for an auxiliary 12"
black and white monitor on Oct. 17/97. The new one works excellent and it is
really useful to practice ultrasound guided biopsies and get a more
comfortable view angle when scanning breast, muscles, shoulder, etc.
Patients also prefer this kind of monitor.
I think the SA 6000 printer port is unnecessary. What we
really need is to save reports and images to our PCs. We need data
portability and ways to save it to backup storage media as well
Medison recommends connecting the equipment to a voltage
regulator. I would better recommend a good UPS, specially if you use the
image banks and cine memory. You will not lose data because of power faults.
Image quality was improved right after the software
upgrades. Image printing quality also was improved for the 3.5 MHz and
intracavitary probes. Some problems were also fixed