GE Voluson i Portable Ultrasound

The GE Voluson i ultrasound was the first 4D ultrasound, and many sonographers, physicians, radiologists, and other users still consider the Voluson i model to be one of the best on the market today.

From its excellent frame rates to surprisingly good image quality and transducer penetration, the compact GE Voluson i ultrasound provides a remarkable combination of high performance and reliability. The GE Voluson i is specifically engineered, and packed with advanced features, to be your first-choice ultrasound when covering virtually all applications from adolescence, preconception, and pregnancy to gynecology, breast, and post menopausal care.


GE Voluson i Portable Ultrasound Machine For Sale

The GE Voluson i portable ultrasound machine, is the most advanced portable 4D ultrasound machine for women’s health in the world today. It offers the widest range of 4D transducers, and GE’s class-leading 4D imaging as well as proprietary GE efficiency technologies that speed up workflow. The Voluson i ultrasound machine is focused on Women’s Health but it can also support general imaging and vascular applications. Those familiar with the famous Voluson 730 will find image quality and speed similar in the Voluson i even though it is only the size of a laptop. Key technologies from the more expensive Voluson E8 like SonoNT, STIC, SonoVCAD heart, SonoAVC follical, and SonoVCAD labor are all available either standard or as options on the Voluson i. KPI, the largest distributor of diagnostic ultrasound equipment in the world offers the GE Voluson i for sale worldwide. The Voluson i price ranges from $20,000 to $50,000 dollars depending upon the revision (BT), condition, years of use, and the probes included. Click on the tabs below to see the Voluson i brochure, probes, and more.


Application training for the GE Voluson i

KPI’s on-staff sonographer can provide onsite applications training or remote training via video conference for the Voluson i at a set price plus travel costs. A pre-recorded video training course is included in the sale, lease or rental of the Voluson i from KPI ultrasound.

Voluson i Service options

Free technical support is available from KPI during installation and over the course of the standard limited warranty. Technical support is available after the warranty period at an hourly cost per issue.

GE Voluson i Maintenance

KPI 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 (KPI recommends SonoWipes for this.) KPI recommends one PM (preventative maintenance) every year.

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
184.889 MLA2
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 v 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. KPI 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.


GE Voluson i Standard Features

These are features that are standard on the GE Voluson-i revision BT11.

15” TFT LCD Screen
1 Active Probe Port
3D/4D Mode
Innovative user interface with onscreen menus
AO (Automatic Tissue Optimization)
OTI (Optimized Tissue Imaging)
Coded Harmonic Imaging
SRI II (Speckle Reduction Imaging II)
CrossXBeam CRI
Static 3D Mode:
B-Mode only
B + Power Doppler Mode
B + CFM Doppler Mode
B + HD-Flow Mode
B + SRI + HD-Flow
FFC (Focus Frequency Composite)
Read Zoom
HD Zoom (High Resolution Zoom)
Pan Zoom
Beam Steering
Virtual Convex
Beta View
Trapezoid Mode
Multi Format (Dual/Quad screen)
SonoNT (regional availability limitation)
Patient information database
SonoView II: On-board image/data storage software
CINE mode with CINE Memory: up to 140 MB (3000 2D images)
Dual/Quad Image
Review Loop, 4 Review speeds
Real-Time automatic Doppler Calculations
Standby Mode
OB, GYN, Vascular, Neuro, Cardio, Abdominal, Small Parts, Urology, Pediatric Measurements & Calculations
Integrated HD
Proprietary Battery Slot

GE Voluson i technology definitions

SRI II: Speckle Reduction Imaging allows the Voluson-i to use a nonlinear diffusion filtering technique that improves image quality in real time by reducing speckles.

CrossXBeam CRI: This is another technology borrowed from the E8. It is compound resolution imaging used to improve border and image clarity the Voluson-i.

FFC: Focus and Frequency Composite is a technology on the GE Voluson i that utilizes two different transmission frequencies and two different focal ranges in the 2D image. This function combines a low frequency to increase the penetration and higher frequency to keep a high resolution. It reduces speckle and artifacts in the 2D image to facilitate the examination of difficult-to-scan patients.

Beta View: On the Voluson-i this feature allows the adjustment of the Volume O-Axis position of 3D probes in 2D mode. The green line in the displayed symbol indicates the position of the acoustic block. + and – define the corresponding sweep directions on the Touch screen.

SonoNT: A Voluson i technology that allows for semi-automatic Nuchal Translucency measurements.

SonoRender Start: A feature on the GE Voluson i that speeds up the acquisition of the fetal face in 4D.


GE Voluson i Accessories

Sony UPD-897MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
Sony UPD-898MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
Sony UPX-898MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
Sony UPD-25MD Digital Color thermal printer
Mitsubishi P95DW Digital Black & white thermal printer
Mitsubishi CP30DW Digital Color thermal printer
Sony DVO-1000 DVD Recorder
CIVCO disposable biopsy guides (for Convex, Linear and Endo-cavity transducers)

Voluson i Supplies

Aquasonic ultrasound gel
Sono ultrasound wipes
Sony UPP-110HG thermal printing paper
Sony UPC-21L color thermal printing pack
Mitsubishi CK30L printing paper
Mitsubishi K95HG high gloss thermal printing paper

GE Voluson i ports

1 active transducer port
2 USB Ports
Ethernet LAN port
1 VGA Out Port
1 proprietary Docking Port

GE Voluson i Options

These are features that are not standard on the GE Voluson i BT11, but which can be added to the system for an additional cost or when requested at purchase.

3D/4D Expert
4D View PC Software
4D Biopsy
VCI (Volume Contrast Imaging)
XTD (Extended View)
TUI (Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging)
SonoVCAD heart
SonoAVC follicle
SonoVCAD labor
STIC (Spatiotemporal Imaging Correlation)
VOCAL II (Virtual Organ Computer-aided Analysis)
Voluson Station
Voluson Dock Cart with integrated power supply and three probe connectors
GoPack carrying case
USB Stick
DVD Drive
External Hard Disk Drive
External Monitor Kit with Isolating Transformer
Bluetooth Printer

GE Voluson i optional technology definitions

VCI: Volume Contrast Imaging on the Voluson-I utilizes 4D transducers to automatically scan multiple adjacent slices and delivers a real-time display of the ROI. This image results from a special rendering mode consisting of texture and transparency information. VCI improves the contrast resolution and therefore facilitates finding diffuse lesions.

TUI: Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging is a new visualization mode for the Voluson-i in 3D and 4D data sets on the Voluson-i. The data is presented as slices through the data set which are parallel to each other. An overview image, which is orthogonal to the parallel slices, shows which parts of the volume are displayed in the parallel planes. This method of visualization is consistent with the way other medical systems such as CT or MRI, present the data to the user. The distance between the different planes can be adjusted to the requirements of the given data set. In addition it is possible to set the number of planes. The planes and the overview image can also be printed to a DICOM printer, for easier comparison of the ultrasound data with CT and/or MRI data.

SonoVCAD Heart: A technology that automatically generates a number of views of the fetal heart to make diagnosis easier.

SonoAVC follicle: A Voluson-i technology that automatically detects follicles in a volume of an organ (e.g., ovary) and analyzes their shape and volume. From the calculated volume an average diameter can be calculated. It also lists objects according to their size.

SonoVCAD labor: Allows the Voluson-i user to measure fetal progression during the second stage of labor such as fetal head progression, rotation and direction. Visual evidence and objective data of the labor process are provided. All SonoVCAD labor measurements are automatically added to the worksheet

STIC: Spatiotemporal Imaging Correlation is a fetal echo provided by the Voluson-i that visualizes the fetal heart or an artery in static 3D.

VOCAL II: Virtual Organ Computer-aided Analysis is an imaging program on the Voluson-i for cancer diagnosis, therapy planning and follow-up therapy control. It offers contour detection of structures and volume calculation. A virtual shell can be set around the contour of the lesion. VOCAL automatically calculates the vascularization within the shell by 3D color histogram by comparing the number of color voxels to the number of grayscale voxels.

GE Voluson i Standard Imaging Modes

B-mode (2D)
M-mode (M)
M-Color-Mode (MC)
Color Flow Mode (C)
Power Doppler Imaging (PD)
HD-Flow Imaging (HD-Flow)
PW Doppler / Spectral Doppler Mode (PW)
Extended View (XTD View)
Speckle Reduction Imaging II (SRI II)
CrossXBeam (CRI)
Real-time Triplex Mode
Split, quad screen
Volume Mode (3D/4D) :
3D Static
3D with Color Flow
4D Real-Time

Voluson i Optional Imaging Modes

Volume Contrast Imaging (VCI)
Spatiotemporal Image Correlation (STIC)
Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging (TUI)

GE Voluson i Applications

Applications or Apps are the types of exams or studies that an ultrasound machine can do. More than this if an ultrasound machine supports a specific application it will have calculations, measurement and reporting software included to support those apps and make them useful in a clinical environment.

The GE Voluson i is able to do a variety of applications but it’s focus is women’s health and 4D.

Small-Parts (Breast, Testes, Thyroid, etc.)
Peripheral Vascular
Musculoskeletal conventional and superficial
Cardiac (fetal cardio)


Year Launched2006
Estimated Market Pricehigh
Monitor15″ TFT LCD
Tilt/Rotate Adjustable MonitorNo
Monitor Resolution1027*768
Image Size Resolution800*600
Touch ScreenNo
Trackball or TrackpadTrackball
CP Back-LightingYes
Weight12.3lbs (5.6kg)
Probe Ports1
Boot-Up Time
Sleep Mode
Maximum Depth of Field30cm
Minimum Depth of Field0-2cm
Independent Steer & Lockable WheelsYes
2D, M modeYes
M-color Flow ModeYes
Anatomical M-modeNo
Trapezoidal ModeYes
Color, Power Angio, Pulse Wave DopplerYes
Bi-directional PowerYes
SCW DopplerNo
Tissue Doppler(Velocity) ImagingNo
Freehand 3DYes
Live 3/4D OB/GYNYes
HD LiveNo
Live 3D EchoNo
Stress EchoNo
Strain and Strain RateNo
B FlowNo
Panoramic ImagingNo
Contrast Imaging-CardiacNo
Contrast Imaging – General ImagingNo
Strain-based ElastographyNo
Shear Wave ElastographyNo
Tissue Harmonic ImagingYes
Spatial Compounding(=CrossXbeam)Yes
Speckle Reduction (=SRI)Yes
Auto Image Opt(B mode)Yes
Auto Image Opt(Doppler)Yes
Write ZoomYes
Triplex ModeYes
Needle Enhancement or Needle RecognitionNo
Auto NT MeasurementYes
Auto Follicle 2D MeasurementYes
Auto Follicle 3D MeasurementYes
Auto IMTNo
Auto IMT (Real Time)No
Automated B/M/D MeasurementNo
Automated LH Measurement(Automated Function Imaging(AFI), Cardiac Motion Quantification(CMQ), or Auto EF(Ejection Fraction)No
Live Dual (B/BC) ModeYes
SmartExam or Scan AssistantNo
Raw Data FileNo
Flexible ReportNo
Barcode ReaderNo
Gel WarmerNo
Women’s Health CareYes
Fetal EchoNo
Small PartsYes
Interventional CardiologyNo
Stress EchocardiographyNo
Transesophageal Echo_AdultNo
Transesophageal Echo_PediatricNo
Internal Medicine w/ Shared ServiceYes
Interventional RadiologyNo
Contrast Imaging_General ImagingNo
Contrast Imaging_CardiacNo
Bowel ImagingYes
Strain ElastographyNo
Shear Wave ElastographyNo
Convex (1~6Mhz)Yes
Convex (2~9Mhz)No
Single Crystal Convex (1~6Mhz)No
Single Crystal Convex (2~9Mhz)No
Single Crystal Micro ConvexNo
2D Arrary 3D ConvexNo
Micro Convex (5~8Mhz)No
Single Crystal Endocavity_Straight TypeNo
Endocavity_Curved TypeYes
BiPlane Endo RectalNo
Biplane Micro Convex (3~10MHz)
3D ConvexYes
3D Convex Light WeightYes
3D EndocavityYes
3D Micro ConvexYes
3D LinearYes
Linear (>14Mhz)Yes
Linear (3~12Mhz)Yes
Linear (<9Mhz)Yes
Single Crystal LinearNo
Single Crystal Linear (3~12Mhz)No
Single Crystal Linear (<9Mhz)No
Linear 50mmNo
Linear 25mmNo
Hockey stick (<13Mhz)No
Hockey stick (>13Mhz)No
T or L shape Intra OperativeNo
Phased Array_AdultNo
Single Crystal Phased Array_AdultNo
2D Arrary 3D Phased ArrayNo
Phased Array_PediatricNo
Single Crystal Phased Array_PediatricNo
Phased Array_NeonateNo
2D Array 3D TEENo
Pencil CW (2Mhz)No
Pencil CW (5 or 6Mhz)No
DICOM 3.0Yes(Option)
DICOM SR_CardiacNo
DICOM SR_VascularNo
DVD/CD RWYes (External)
Wireless LANYes


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