Transducer Dos And Don’ts

Transducer Dos And Don’ts

 If you have ultrasound transducers, you should know that you need to use and take good care of them for them to last for a long time. To help you out, here are some of the dos and don’ts you should observe to take good care of the units:

Transducer dos

When handling the units, remember that they are brittle; therefore, handle them with extreme care

When you are done, place the units in the probe holder. To avoid the units falling, make use of wall-mounted holders. You should place them with the lens facing up.

Before you connect any ultrasound system to the transducers, inspect them for any damage. If they are damaged, you shouldn’t use them. Let an expert know about it so that he/she can fix the damage. Some of the most common problems you will find with transducers include: broken probe pins, cable cuts, exposed wires, fluid leaks, surface cracks and many others.

Before you place the units in their holders, it’s recommended that you clean them. Some people make the mistake of washing them while they are still attached to the ultrasound system. This shouldn’t be you. Before you go ahead and clean them, disconnect them from the system.

When cleaning them, follow the procedures presented in the manual. Unless you are using a proven cleaning method, avoid cleaning the units with your method.

Transducer don’ts

As mentioned, you need to handle the units with care. As rule of thumb don’t drop or knock the transducers or transducer lens on the bench. You should note that even a minor crack on the probes would fail; therefore, ensure that the units don’t face any damage.

In addition to being cautious when handling them, you also be careful when you aren’t using them. As rule of thumb, never leave the transducers in an area where they are at the risk of being dropped or knocked over.

When working, take caution that you don’t immerse them deeper than necessary. Always ensure that you don’t dip the connector or adapter into any liquid. Also, don’t apply excessive bending or pulling force to the cable as it will result in damage. You also shouldn’t apply excessive force to the cable when working.

Conclusion

These are the dos and don’ts of transducers you should know about. For the units to last for a long time, be cautious of how you handle them during and after work.