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Tips to Maintain your Ultrasound Machine

Tips to Maintain your Ultrasound Machine Properly maintained ultrasound systems can last for around seven years. That being said, one must know the steps to maintain their equipment. Let’s review four simple habits that can help keep a well-maintained and well-working ultrasound machine. Read your user manual for maintenance guidelines The first piece of advice we can give is to read the manual before actually using the ultrasound machine. Most manufacturers (if not all) include critical information when it comes to maintenance. You [...]

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What Probe Cover is Suitable for your Ultrasound Procedure?

What Probe Cover is Suitable for your Ultrasound Procedure? An Ultrasound probe cover is a physical barrier designed to prevent cross-contamination* during an ultrasound exam. Ultrasound covers come in a variety of shapes and colors. While there is no perfect probe cover, there are three main criteria to consider when choosing one: Should you use a sterile or non-sterile probe cover? Should you use a latex or latex-free cover? What size/shape suits your procedure? Let’s review, for all common ultrasound procedures, the different options that [...]

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Probe Covers: The Different Materials

Probe Covers: The Different Materials When it comes to choosing the material of probe covers, you usually have three options: latex, polyethylene, and polyurethane. The last two are latex-free, and we’re going to be reviewing their characteristics in this article. Latex ultrasound covers The latex probe covers are mainly used for endocavity examinations. They are inexpensive and very convenient for vaginal and rectal as they are soft and stretchable. Latex covers are usually rolled, which makes them easy to put on, and space-saving on your shelves. Rolled [...]

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Ultrasound Guidance: New & Old Techniques

Ultrasound Guidance: Evolution of the Interventional Tools & Techniques Ultrasound for medical imaging was first used in the early 40’s, to diagnose brain tumors and gallstones, and late 50’s for the first Ob/Gyn applications. However, we had to wait until the 60’s to see the first use of ultrasound guidance for interventional procedures; a kidney biopsy for that matter. Ever since, techniques, tools, and innovations have never stopped to evolve until today where image fusion is gaining popularity. For more historical fun facts, [...]

Why Using Ultrasound for Vascular Access ?

Why using ultrasound for vascular access? The first mention of the use of ultrasound for setting up a vascular access traces back to 1987. It then took a decade to see recommendations on the matter in the UK, in the USA, and in France. Benefits of using ultrasound for vascular access then became very obvious: increased success rate & reduced procedure time. Not to mention safety and comfort. Ultrasound guidance decreases the complication rate One undeniable benefit of ultrasound is its ability [...]

Endocavity Needle Guide: Disposable or Reusable?

Endocavity Needle Guide: Disposable or Reusable? When performing endocavity invasive procedures (prostate biopsies and ovarian biopsies to name a few), medical professionals generally rely on a device called needle guide to help them. While they are not required by law, biopsy guides are physicians’ best friends when it comes to navigating their needle in tissues and placing it in the right spot. There are two kinds of endocavity needle guides: the disposable guides (also referred to as single-use) and the reusable guides. [...]

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Ultrasound Cover: How to install it?

Ultrasound Cover: How to install it? At EDM Medical Solutions, we’re all about infection control. In this article, we will review the good practices when putting on a sterile ultrasound cover. General purpose covers are required when performing ultrasound-guided procedures. They include regional anesthesia, catheter placement, core tissue biopsies (breast, liver kidney) or other radiology interventions (drainages, aspirations). Of course, these operations are done in a sterile environment. Hence, the need for a sterile cover is obvious, but the setup [...]