Remember when your mom told you to brush your teeth or they would fall out? Transducer repair is kind of like that.
Similar to our teeth, transducers may look pretty sturdy on the outside, but the tiniest bit of corrosion, hairline crack or nick can allow severe damage to the delicate and complex parts inside. Four simple steps (we call these the 4 Cs), if performed weekly, will save you literally thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars in transducer repair or transducer replacement.
The 4 Cs of Transducer Care:
- Cleaning. Weekly cleaning and inspections should be performed by the technologists operating the ultrasound system. In general, it’s best not use alcohol based products—rather, follow the manufacturers recommendations for proper cleaning of the probe.
- Cable: Check for cuts or exposed shielding or wires in the transducer sheathing from the connector all the way to the head. Check for excessive kinks or crushed cabling. Check the cable strain reliefs at the connector and scan head ends for any cracks or breakage. Connect the probe to the system and activate Doppler imaging then flex the cable gently at both ends to verify no B mode or Doppler noise caused by an internal cable defect. Contact an ultrasound repair technician immediately should you find any of the above damage—even if it’s minor.
- Connector: Check for smooth operation of the latching mechanism. Inspect the connector for bent pins, dirt or corrosion. If the connector needs cleaning have an ultrasound repair technician clean it properly—this is worth doing to avoid damaging the delicate internal parts.
- Crystals: This is the most critical part of the inspection as it impacts the image quality and patient safety greatly. Check the membrane or face of the transducer for bare spots, holes or nicks. Check the housing and handle for any cracks or chips or sharp areas. Make sure the head is firmly attached to the handle. Connect the probe to the system and confirm uniform imaging across the near field with no dropouts or dark areas. Again, if you find any damage—even minor, contact an ultrasound repair technician.
Following the 4 Cs of Transducer care may mean making a small change in your schedule and duties—but will help you avoid spending lots of the 5th C (Cash) in the long run.
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