The Kai Xin MSU first entered the UK market in 2010, distributed under our original name of ‘RC Ultrasound.’ It transformed the small animal scanning market, finally offering a portable, affordable solution for breeders. It utilised mechanical sector probe technology, which is what helped to keep the pricing so low.
8 years on, the MSU is in its third inception (MSU3). It still sticks to its mechanical sector probe (for Kai Xin’s electronic offering, check out the KX5600v), but Kai Xin have taken advantage of technological advances to slim down the machine, making it extremely light weight (620g) and so portable it can even tie around your wrist. It now boots up instantly, and comes with a USB memory card that stores images and measurements at the click of a button.
Watch hour quickly the new MSU3 starts up here:
See how easily depth can be adjusted here (scan subject in this video is a human liver):
Is electronic transducer technology better?
Yes and no! If the transducer has a high crystal count, and is made with high quality components from a true ultrasound manufacturer, yes, electronic ultrasound transducers will give you higher resolution than mechanical sector probes because of their beam-focusing capabilities. However, at the sub-£2000 price range, the MSU family cannot be beaten. The generic electronic systems you see on eBay, own-branded by private sellers or even companies like Contec Medical (who do manufacture much of their own equipment, but not ultrasound), are likely to offer image quality inferior to the sector images of genuine manufacturers like Kai Xin.