Application training for the GE Voluson E8
Our on-staff sonographer can provide onsite applications training or remote training via video conference for the Voluson E8 at a set price plus travel costs.
Voluson E8 Service Options
Free technical support is available from Ultrasound Supply 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 E8 Maintenance
We recommend using a surge protector along with a dedicated power outlet when operating the Voluson E8. Probes should be disinfected with a disinfectant wipe proven not to damage the lens after every use.
Dimensions and Weight of the Voluson E8
Height: 1393 mm (54.8 in) (adjustable, maximum)
Width: 580 mm (22.8 in)
Depth: 920 mm (36 in)
Weight: 131 kg (289 lb) (no Peripherals), approx 400 lbs with packaging
Voluson E8 Specifications
1,979,578 System Processing Channel Technology
Displayed Imaging Depth: 0 – 30 cm
Minimum Depth of Field: 0 – 1 cm (Zoom, probe dependent)
Maximum Depth of Field: 0 – 36 cm (probe dependent)
Up to 274 dB Dynamic Range
GE Voluson E8 Electrical Power
Voltage: 100, 115-130, 220-240 VAC
Frequency: 50/60 Hz (+/-2%)
Power Max: 1000 VA with on-board Peripherals
Thermal Output: 3446 BTU/h
GE Voluson E8 Ultrasound Review
The GE Voluson E8 has high-quality images in all settings, but the system is most impressive when you are viewing its HDlive high-resolution 4D images. HDlive is GE’s advanced 4D imaging in high definition. The resolution and detail of HDlive versus traditional 4D images are breathtaking and can improve the ultrasound’s efficiency in clinical applications. The difference can be compared to switching from an analog TV to an HD TV. Since GE launched HDlive in 2012, several other manufacturers have created their own versions of HD 4D imagery. However, the HDlive featured on the Voluson E8 is still the most popular. The detail, shading options, and fast frame rates of the Voluson E8 keep this ultrasound at the top of the pack for 4D ultrasounds. The enhanced 4D resolution on the Voluson E8 also enables obstetricians to have a better volume assessment of the first-trimester anatomy as well as vascular structures. The 4D images and movies generated by the Voluson E8 can also be exported in a variety of formats, making this one of the highest quality and most effective ultrasound systems for women’s health applications.
GE Voluson E8 Buyer’s Guide Awards
Voluson E8 Probe Ratings
The GE Voluson E8 is compatible with six matrix array transducers, including the RM6C 4D convex, RIC6-12-D 4D endocavitary, and RM14L 4D linear. Matrix array transducers provide the highest resolution and best image quality available today. The Voluson E8 also offers a 50mm wide footprint linear probe specifically designed for breast imaging. The wider footprint allows scanning to be accomplished in fewer passes. Strain based elastography and elastography analysis (quantification analysis) are also available on the Voluson E8 for easy cyst detection and precise needle-guided biopsies.
Voluson E8 Ratings and Key Features
SonoBiometry: A feature of the Voluson E8 that allows semi-automated biometry measurement for BPD, HC, AC, and FL.
SonoNT: Semi-automated, standardized measurements provided by the Voluson E8 of the nuchal translucency during the first trimester.
SonoIT: This is another semi-automated, standardized measurement on the GE Voluson E8 of intracranial translucency during the first trimester.
SonoAVC Follicle: This Voluson E8 feature gives accurate automatic measurements of follicular volume. These are much faster and more accurate than taking manual 2D estimates.
SonoVCAD heart: A computer-aided display of the fetal heart from a 4D transducer that automatically generates a four-chamber view according to recommended standards.
SonoVCAD labor: automates the measurement of fetal head progression, rotation, and direction during labor that is created by the Voluson E8 as an easy report.
Advanced STIC: STIC (Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation) creates a full fetal heart examination in 2D and 4D, including a view of the entire cardiovascular system.
GE Voluson E8 BT10 to BT06 Revisions
GE first launched the Voluson E8 expert in 2006 (with a 15” LCD Monitor). That version was designated as BT06. “BT” is an abbreviation of “Break Through,” and the number designates the year in which this version was launched. The Voluson E8 Expert BT08 (with a 19” LCD Monitor) was launched in 2008 and in production until the next version was launched in 2009, the Voluson E8 BT09. The Voluson E8 BT06 had setbacks with its software and hardware, which were resolved in the BT08 version. The Voluseon E8 BT09 added SonoVCAD heart, Anatomical M-mode, and DICOM as standard features and STIC, SonoAVC, and Scan Assistant as optional features. The BT10 version made Scan Assistant and STIC standard features, instead of options, and also added SonoRender Start and SonoNT standard. Options on the Voluson E8 BT10 included SonoAVC, VOCAL, Advanced VCI, and OmniView. The 3SP-D and RRE5-10 probes were also added to the BT10 version.
Voluson E8 BT12 and Voluson E8 BT13 Revisions
The Voluson E8 BT12 added a new Dynamic Rendering Engine (new CPU & video card) to support HDlive, GE’s high-resolution 4D in HD imagery. The Voluson E8 BT12 had the same options as the BT10, but the BT12 added support for the new C4-8-D and RAB6-D 4D probes. A smaller update came with the Voluson E8 BT13 that added SonoBiometry and Elastography Analysis (Elastography quantification). The new high-density imaging RIC6-12D is also available on the Voluson E8 BT13 along with additional features such as V-SRI (Volume Speckle Reduction Imaging) on certain transducers. The Flashlight V-SRI feature along with HDlive on the Voluson E8 BT13 made its 4D images even more high quality. That is one of the reasons why the GE Voluson E8 BT13 with HDlive is one of the most popular 4D ultrasound systems in the world.
All GE Voluson E8 Expert Revisions
GE Voluson E8 (BT06)
GE Voluson E8 (BT08)
GE Voluson E8 (BT09)
GE Voluson E8 (BT10)
GE Voluson E8 (BT12)
GE Voluson E8 (BT13) (Watch a BT13 Review from Our Partner MedCorp LLC)
GE Voluson E8 (BT13.5)
GE Voluson E8 (BT14)
GE Voluson E8 (BT15)
GE Voluson E8 (BT16) (Watch a BT16 Review from Our Partner MedCorp LLC)
GE Voluson E8 (BT17)
GE Voluson E8 (BT18)
Popular Configurations of GE Voluson E8
- GE Voluson E8 (BT12 or BT13) with 4 transducers
- GE Voluson E8 (BT12 or 13) with 1 transducer
All GE Voluson E8 Probes and Transducers
4D Convex RAB2-5-D [ 1 – 4 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mmR, max scanning depth 30cm
4D Convex RAB4-8-D [ 2 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 46.8mmR, max scanning depth 26cm
4D Convex RAB6-D [ 2 – 7 MHz ] 192 elements, 46.8mmR, max scanning depth 26cm
4D Convex matrix RM6C [ 1 – 7 MHz ], 260 elements, Matrix Array 4D Convex (expensive)
4D Linear matrix RM14L [ 4 – 14 MHz ], 960 elements, Matrix Array Linear (expensive)
4D Linear matrix RSM5-14 [ 5 – 13 MHz ] 960 elements, Matrix Array Linear (expensive)
4D Linear RSP6-16-D [ 6 – 18 MHz ] 192 elements
4D Endocavitary multiplane RRE6-10-D [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 11.7mmR
4D Endocavitary multiplane RRE5-10-D [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 12.2mmR
4D Endocavitary matrix RIC6-12-D [ 5 – 13 MHz ] 256 elements, 11.6mmR, max scanning depth 16cm
4D Endocavitary RIC5-9-D [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 11.6mmR, max scanning depth 13cm
2D Endocavitary IC5-9-D [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 10.8mmR, max scanning depth 16cm
4D Neonatal Pediatric Micro Convex RNA5-9-D [ 3 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 15.4mmR
Convex 4C-D [ 2 – 5 MHz ] 128 elements, 60.5mmR, max scanning depth 30cm
Convex C1-5-D [ 2 – 5 MHz ] 192 elements, 56.1mmR, max scanning depth 30cm
Convex C4-8-D [ 2 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 39.1mmR, max scanning depth 26cm
Convex AB2-7-D [ 2 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 41.2mmR, max scanning depth 28cm
Convex matrix M6C [ 1 – 7 MHz ] 960 elements, 50.7mmR, max scanning depth 26 cm
Linear 11L-D [ 4 – 10 MHz ] 192 elements, 37.4mm, max scanning depth 11cm
Linear 9L-D [ 3– 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 43mm, max scanning depth 14cm
Linear matrix ML6-15-D [ 4 – 13 MHz ] 1008 elements, 49.6mm, max scanning depth 12cm
Linear SP10-16-D [ 7 – 18 MHz ] 192 elements, 33.7mm, max scanning depth 6cm
Cardiac sector 3S-D [ 1 – 3 MHz ] 64 elements adult cardiac sector
Cardiac sector 3Sp-D [ 1 – 5 MHz ] 64 elements adult cardiac sector
Cardiac sector PA6-8-D [ 4 – 10 MHz ] 128 elements pediatric cardiac sector
Cardiac sector S4-10-D [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 128 elements pediatric cardiac sector
Advanced Voluson E8 Transducers (4D and Matrix)
The Voluson E8 BT13 Expert Series supports a wide range of 2D and 3D probes, enabling optimal quality images – especially in the first trimester and in complex gynecological exams. The RM6C 4Dconvex and RM14L 4D linear are next-generation 4D volume matrix probes for high-resolution abdominal and vascular/musculoskeletal volume imaging that supports HD Live. The RM6C 4Dconvex and ML6-15-D linear probe feature matrix technology for breast imaging, providing excellent spatial resolution and image uniformity in a 50 mm footprint that reduces the number of passes needed in a breast exam.
Popular GE Voluson E8 transducers
The RAB6-D 4D convex is a popular ultra-lightweight 4D volume probe that is 40-50% lighter than the older RAB4-8-D convex, reducing user fatigue. The C4-8-D high frequency convex abdominal probe provides exceptionally high-resolution obstetric images from the first to the last trimester. The C1-5-D convex abdominal probe helps deliver a high-level resolution and deep penetration, even on very large patients. The 9L-D wide-band linear abdominal probe helps provide high-quality images in the first trimester of pregnancy. The S4-10-D neonatal probe is dedicated to neonatology cardiac applications. The RIC6-12-D high-resolution 4D endovaginal probe helps detect fine details early in the first trimester and in gynecology exams.
GE Voluson E8 vs. Other GE Ultrasound Machines
The GE Voluson E8 ultrasound is the successor to the Voluson 730 Expert, previously the most popular and well-known 4D ultrasound machine. The Voluson E8 improves upon the Voluson 730 in many aspects, including screen size, resolution, speed, weight, and features. Both the GE Voluson E6 and the Voluson S8 are slightly less powerful and less expensive than the Voluson E8. The Voluson S8 is a more recent design and therefore smaller and lighter than the larger Voluson E8. The Voluson S8 has half the channels and a smaller selection of transducers than the Voluson E8, however. The Voluson E10 ultrasound is a newer and more powerful system than the Voluson E8 with a larger monitor, enhanced features, and more available transducers, but all of that comes at a higher price from $47,000 up to $51,000 or more. The GE Logiq E9 is similar in price to the Voluson E8 and can perform all applications well, whereas the Voluson E8 is focused primarily on women’s health and 4D applications. If you will be performing general imaging or vascular or cardiac scans on adults, then the Logiq E9 is a better choice. Otherwise, the Voluson E8 is worth your consideration.
GE Voluson E6 vs. Voluson E8
The GE Voluson E6 looks identical to the Voluson E8 from the exterior, except for the nameplate. The Voluson E6 is essentially a Voluson E8 with fewer features and probes available as well as only half the channels. Because of its lower number of channels, the GE Voluson E6 is actually closer in performance to the newer GE Voluson S8 than the Voluson E8. For this reason, the Voluson E8 is a better seller than the Voluson E6. In the opinion of many physicians, the Voluson E8 is worth the extra cost over the Voluson E6 because of its superior performance. That said, if the Voluson E8 ultrasound’s price of $22,000 to $37,000 is out of your budget, then you should consider the Voluson E6, Voluson S8, or Samsung WS80A.
Other Brands of Ultrasounds Competing with the GE Voluson E8
The Samsung WS80A and Philips Epiq 5 are the closest non-GE competitors to the Voluson E8 in the premium women’s health ultrasound category. The Samsung WS80A is the closest competitor to the Voluson E8 given its 4D capabilities, including high-resolution 4D comparable to GE’s HDlive on the Voluson E8. The Samsung WS80A does not have as broad of a selection of transducers or the name recognition of the Voluson E8, but its 5D Fetal Heart is considered better than the SonoVCAD heart on the Voluson E8. However, the Elite package is required on the WS80A ultrasound to get 5D images. The Philips Epiq 5 is more comparable in features to the GE Logiq E9 than the Voluson E8 and offers true shared-service and cardiac support as well as women’s health applications. The 4D on the Epiq 5 is not as clear or high quality as on the Voluson E8, but the Epiq 5 also has a larger monitor, touchscreen, and is smaller and more ergonomically friendly. The 2D image quality on the Epiq 5 is just as good or better than the Voluson E8, as well.
GE Voluson E8 Standard Features
19” LCD monitor on fully articulating arm
10.4” LCD touch panel
Automatic Tissue Optimization
Coded Harmonic Imaging with Pulse Inversion Technology
Coded Excitation (CE)
FFC – Focus Frequency Composite
Virtual Convex and Wide Sector
XTD (Extended View or Panoramic Imaging Mode)
SRI II (Speckle Reduction Imaging)
CrossXBeamCRI* (Compound Resolution Imaging)
TUI (Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging, or Multi-Slice Imaging)
DICOM™ (Verify, Print, Store, Modality Worklist, Structured Reporting, MPPS, Media Exchange)
Static 3D Mode:
B Mode only
B + Power Doppler Mod
B + CFM Doppler Mod
B + HD-Flow Mod
B + CRI
Focus and Frequency Composite (FFC)
Wide Angle on Endovaginal Probes
Patient Information Database
Image Archive on a Hard Drive (via Raw-Data File, DICOM File both Single and Multiframe)
Image Archive to CD-R(W), DVD +/-
Export Images as BMP, TIFF, JPEG, AVI, MOV, DCM. MPEG4
3D/4D Data Compression (Lossy/Lossless)
Real-Time Automatic Doppler Calculations
Hard Drive 500 GB (BT13), 450GB for Data Storage
OB Measurements, Calculations, and Reports
GYN Measurements, Calculations, and Reports
Vascular Measurements, Calculations, and Reports
Cardio Measurements, Calculations, and Reports
Abdominal Measurements, Calculations, and Reports
GE Voluson E8 Ultrasound Technology Definitions
Coded Excitation (CE): This feature on the Voluson E8 improves image resolution and penetration in the far-field. This allows the use of a higher frequency on technically difficult patients.
Wide Sector: Standard on the Voluson E8, this widens the sector probe’s imaging field of view.
SRI II: A nonlinear diffusion filtering technique that improves image quality in real-time by reducing speckles.
CrossXBeam CRI: This core technology on the GE Voluson E8 uses compound resolution imaging to improve border and image clarity.
TUI: This is a new visualization mode for 3D and 4D data sets on the Voluson E8. The data is presented as slices through the data set that 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.
SonoNT: This Voluson E8 feature allows for semi-automatic Nuchal Translucency measurements.
SonoIT: Sonography based Intracranial Translucency is a system supported measurement.
Starting from the routinely used midsagittal view of the fetal face, obtained for assessment of the Nuchal Translucency and nasal bone, the ultrasound system uses a semiautomated mode to measure the anterior-posterior diameter of the fourth ventricle recognizable as intracranial translucency. The workflow is identical to SonoNT.
SonoBiometry: The Voluson E8 provides an alternative to the common fetal biometry measurements. It provides system suggested measurements for BPD, HC, AC, and FL which need to be confirmed by the user or can be changed manually.
SonoRender Start: This feature on the Voluson E8 speeds up the acquisition of the fetal face in 4D.
Scan Assistant: Automated step-by-step help for those new to scanning.
Focus and Frequency Composite (FFC): A Voluson E8 technology 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: Allows for 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. The “+” and “-“ define the corresponding sweep direction on the touchscreen.
GE Voluson E8 Accessories
Sony UPD-897MD Digital Black and White Thermal Printer
Sony UPD-898MD Digital Black and White Thermal Printer
Sony UPX-898MD Digital Black and White Thermal Printer
Sony UPD-25MD Digital Color Thermal Printer
Mitsubishi P95DW Digital Black and White Thermal Printer
Mitsubishi CP30DW Digital Color Thermal Printer
Sony DVO-1000 DVD Recorder
CIVCO Disposable Biopsy Guides (for Convex, Linear and Endocavity Transducers)
Voluson E8 Ultrasound 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
Voluson E8 Ports
3 Active Transducer Ports
1 Inactive Parking Port
Wireless Network Interface (USB) (Optional)
USB (6x External)
S-Video Out 2 (VTR)
S-Video In (VTR)
Audio Out (Left and Right Channels)
Audio In (Left and Right Channels)
USB (5x Internal)
RS 232: Optional, USB to RS232 Converter
Remote connections for external devices
Remote BW Printer via USB
Remote Color Printer/DVR via USB
Remote VCR (RS232)/DVR via USB
Remote Printer via Bluetooth Connection Kit (Optional)
Footswitch via USB
GE Voluson E8 Ultrasound Imaging Modes
M-Color Flow Mode
PW (Pulse Wave) Doppler
Bi-directional Power Doppler(HD Flow)
Steerable CW Doppler (Steerable continuous wave)
Tissue Doppler Imaging
Easy 3D (Freehand 3D)
Live 3D (4D)
HDlive (High-Resolution 4D) – only on Voluson E8 BT12, BT13, BT14 Systems
STIC (Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation)
B-Flow (Blood Flow Doppler)
GE Voluson E8 Applications
The following applications, or apps, are the types of exams or studies that a GE Voluson E8 ultrasound machine can perform. These applications can be expanded if the Voluson E8 revision has calculations, measurement, and reporting software included to support a specific application in a clinical environment.
The GE Voluson E8 offers a broad selection of applications but is primarily focused on women’s health (OB/GYN) and 4D applications.
Women’s Health (Gynecology and Breast Exams)
Abdominal General Imaging
Small Parts (Breast, Thyroid, Testis Exams)
Urology (Renal and Prostate Exams)
Internal Medicine (Shared Service)
TCD (Transcranial Doppler)
Contrast Imaging (GI)
Contrast Imaging (Cardiac)