VersaLab® LE & SE Review

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The VersaLab® LE & SE is a basic Doppler system used for the assessment of Peripheral Arterial Disease. It’s a bit bigger than portable handheld Dopplers out in the market, but it works similar to one. Just with added display and printout features that make examinations and documentation the slightest bit easier.  

Features 

This Nicolet machine runs similarly to other vascular systems out there. However, it does offer a couple of conveniences that one couldn’t experience from the more basic handheld doppler.   

  • Performs basic single level ABI exams with the use of Sensitive Doppler Probe attachments (4 MHz or 8 MHz) 
  • Display available for spectral analysis of pulse volume waveforms 
  • Built-in printer for printing collected results for documentation purposes 
  • Operates both through batteries or a power adaptor 
  • Lightweight but built to last for years 

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Tests Performed 

The testing allowance is fairly limited with the VersaLab® LE & SE. It can be used to operate a basic single level ABI exam, but not much more than that. In that case, it doesn’t differ much from a regular handheld doppler. That is, it’s built to broadcast pulse volume waveforms for manual assessments.  

What sets it apart from a handheld Doppler, is the fact that it has a built-in display and printer. The display is for spectral analysis of pulse volume waveforms, which can then be printed, analyzed, and attached to patient documentation. This is helpful for identifying possible incompressible arteries. 

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Software Used 

Although the VersaLab LE & SE does include a display, it is not very complex. All it does is display collected pulse volume waveform readings and print them off with the included printer. 

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VersaLab® LE & SE Review 

Overall, the VersaLab LE & SE isn’t so different from other machines in the market these days. It is a little bit behind the times in its testing capabilities, but even more so on the method of testing itself. After all, despite the Doppler Method being tried, tested, and proven to work, there are now machines out there that can automatically assess peripheral vasculature almost instantaneously with complex algorithms. 

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Technical Specifications 

  • VersaLab LE & SE Main System Unit 
  • 4 MHz or 8 MHz Doppler Probe Attachment 
  • Battery or Power Adaptor operated 
  • Built-in Printer 
  • Spectral Display 

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Pros and Cons 

A list of pros and cons of the VersaLab® LE & SE System.  


PROS:
  • With the VersaLab LE & SE a physician can perform a basic single level ABI exam with the use of an 8 MHz Doppler probe and the included spectral display (which displays pulse volume waveforms.)  
  • Reports based on the recorded pulse volume waveforms can be printed off through the built-in printer. 
  • The system can be operated entirely on battery power or through a power line. 

CONS:
  • Although the LE & SE is definitely more sophisticated than basic handheld Dopplers, its capabilities are pretty similar. Nowadays, there are cheaper systems that provide both the spectral display and the printing technology that the VersaLab LE & SE is so proud of. 
  • In that same vein, it also cannot be ignored that the VersaLab uses the manual Doppler method. Which, despite being tried and tested to work, risks human error — something that more modern and algorithm-automated systems do not have to deal with.  


4.5 Total Score

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