Quality Care Tips for Ultrasound Transducers
Ultrasound transducers are the most often damaged, and the most expensive replacement part of an ultrasound system. Here are some simple tips to help with quality control for your transducers
Mon Jul 30 2012
Ultrasound transducers are the most often damaged, and the most expensive replacement part of an ultrasound system. Here are some simple tips to help with quality control for your transducers…
- Handle With Care - Dropping or banging the transducer can damage the acoustic lens and piezoelectric crystals. Be sure to not whack the tip of the transducer when shaking or applying gel. Always store transducers in the transducer holders on the side of your system or on a securely mounted wall rack when you are not using them. Never store a TEE transducer in the carrying case, except to transport it.
- Inspection Is Key - Cuts in the transducer cable or cracks in the housing can destroy the electrical safety features of the transducers. Make sure to examine the transducer for cracks in the handle, on the nose piece, on the lens material, to the cable strain reliefs or for damage to the connector. You should also check for swelling of the lens material, or bent pins to the connector.
- Time For Transport – Only use the provided transport case for travel. Make sure to clean and dry the transducer before storing it in the transport case. Carefully place your transducer inside the foam area, being sure not to let any parts or cables hangout.
- Prevent Is The Best Defense - Have your probes tested before a warranty or service contract expires, you will improve both clinical results and the bottom line.
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