We used the Antares for just over three months in our lab to sort of test things out for Siemens. Since this was a limited loan, we no longer have the equipment but would definitely use it in the future. The version of software we used had a few bugs in it - as most new systems do. I really do NOT like the color printer they had with the system. It was slow and noisy and frequently had problems interfacing with the system. The image, Doppler and color were good and the overall design is very nice. We do a lot of portables and it is lighter and more compact than our high-end systems. Siemens has new software since we looked at the system and I understand, they are still working on improvement. We had a few lock-up problems and the printer problems I mentioned but overall the system worked well. We used it every day and moved it all over the hospital. I am hopeful that the software revisions took care of the few minor problems we encountered.
Ann Marie Kupinski
Karmody Vascular Lab