Ultrasounds are one of the most important exams a person may need or get from a hospital. It is used to check for any internal illnesses and most commonly to check the progress of pregnancy. There are many types of ultrasounds from transvaginal ultrasound, standard ultrasound, advanced ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound, 3-D or 4-D ultrasound, and fetal echocardiography ultrasound.
Due to technology, there has been a creation of mobile ultrasound machines where ultrasounds can be brought anywhere, and there is no need for a designated room for ultrasounds because it can now be brought to the room of the patient. It is important, however, that when operating an ultrasound machine that you properly maintain it so that it will last longer. Here are some tips on how to keep a mobile ultrasound machine.
First of all, the maintenance of the transducer of the machine. Now, the transducer is a part of the device which is a probe that is arguably the main part of the ultrasound machine. In the mobile ultrasound machine, it is the hand held a device that comes into direct contact with the patient’s body. It shaped like a wand and had a curved end and some transducers are more slender because they are used for a transvaginal ultrasound.
For proper maintenance of this device inspect it before and after use of the machine to ensure nothing is broken or cracked with the device. If it has any cracks, it will not be able to read images or emit ultrasound waves when the machine is turned on. Always disinfect the transducer and make sure that it is stored in a safe place.
As for the CPU component of the mobile ultrasound machine, this too is an integral part of the machine because it is the one that emits the ultrasound waves that the transducer emits. Proper maintenance of this is essential, and if you are not equipped with the knowledge to do this, then you should hire a professional to give it a maintenance check every once in awhile. The professionals will be able to detect any problems with the CPU and fix it at your discretion. Although when they say that they have found a problem, it is suggested you fix it right away to make sure that the ultrasound machine is still usable in the future.
Also, annual maintenance checks up on the control panel, monitor, and disk storage and printer is also required to ensure that the mobile ultrasound machine is working properly. Without checking those integral parts of the machine, it may be the cause of it not working well and could also be a measure to prolong the life of the machine and make sure that it is working well. The images that the ultrasound make are critical, and these three parts of the device are the one responsible for that so make sure they are working well. These are some of the tips to remember when maintaining a mobile ultrasound machine.