The Siui Apogee 2300 has been extensively used in China during the Covid-19 outbreak. This machine is powerful enough to deliver exceptional image quality, but portable enough (9kg) to be quickly and easily transported and – most importantly – cleaned between patients. Traditional trolley-based systems are not suitable in the context of highly infectious diseases.
For lung scanning, this machine is best equipped with a phased array or convex probe. If you also wish to use this machine to rule out heart failure (as an alternative cause of pulmonary oedema or pleural effusions), phased array is recommended. If you will be using this machine for abdominal applications in the future, the convex probe is recommended.
Lung ultrasound can be performed with a linear probe, but you will be limited to assessing only the top layers (you will not see much beyond the pleura).
Above: Lung sliding seen on the Apogee 2300. In Covid-19 patients, lung sliding is often absent. Read our full article on lung ultrasound here.