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Ultrasound Probes may also be referred to as :

Ultrasound Transducers | Ultrasound Sensors

Tips for buying Ultrasound Probes Parts

1. Modern diagnostic ultrasonography uses probes containing an acoustic ultrasound transducer (or several transducers) to send pulses of ultrasound into matter. Whenever the mechanical wave encounters a border between two different materials (different acoustic impedance) some energy is reflected back to the ultrasound transducer. This echo is detected by the ultrasound probe. The time it takes for the echo to travel back to the ultrasound probe is electronically measured and used to calculate, as well as to display, the depth of the tissue.
2. The frequencies used for medical ultrasonography  are generally in the range of 1 to 15 MHz. Higher frequencies have a lower wavelength, producing images with a greater resolution. However, the attenuation of the wave is increased at higher frequencies, so in order to better penetrate deeper tissues, a lower frequency (3-5MHz) is be used.
3. Ultrasound transducers produce images of muscle and soft tissue, useful for delineating boundaries between solid and fluid- filled spaces. It provides live images, enabling operators to select the most useful sections for rapid diagnoses. It shows the structure and function of internal organs. Ultrasound probes provide a useful way to examine the musculoskeletal system to detect problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. Ultrasound probes also assist in identifying blockages, stenosis, and other vascular abnormalities.
4. Modern, high-class ultrasound probe systems use the best transducers technology, which is coupled with excellent processors and a user friendly user interface. The image quality depends mainly on the ultrasound transducer, which is the front end that transmits and receives the mechanical energy. Modern ultrasound transducers give users unparalled and unsurpassed multi-modality ultrasound experience.
5. The most common ultrasound applications are:

  •     Portable ultrasound machines
  •     OB/GYN ultrasound machines
  •     Cardiac ultrasound systems
  •     Abdominal ultrasound machines
  •     Urology ultrasound machines
  •     Vascular ultrasound machines
  •     3D ultrasound
  •     Muscoskeletal ultrasound machines
  •     Transcranial Doppler systems
  •     Small particles scanners
  •     Ophthalmology ultrasound
  •     Veterinary ultrasound units

6. The most used types of ultrasound probes are:

  •     Linear ultrasound probes
  •     Phased array ultrasound probes
  •     Convex ultrasound probes
  •     Real time 4D ultrasound probes
  •     Endocavity ultrasound probes
  •     Endovaginal ultrasound probes
  •     Laparoscopic ultrasound probes
  •     Intravascular ultrasound probes

7. There are many new applications being discovered all the time for ultrasound  transducers including:

  •  Carotid ultrasonography is used to assess blood flow into the carotid arteries, as well as the intra-cerebral arteries.
  •  Echocardiography, which is basically an ultrasound that shows the movement of the heart as the muscle dilates and contracts.
  •  Emergency medical technicians often use a form of ultrasound probe. Also, it is used in the ER as a routine method of quickly assessing the cause of a patient’s abdominal pain.
  • Urologists often use ultrasound transducers to detect the level of fluid that is in a patient’s bladder.
  • Gynecologists may perform a pelvic sonogram using an ultrasound probe to view an image of the pelvic floor in women and diagnose any abnormalities.
  • Another use for ultrasound machines is for more detailed images of the tendons, nerves, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue areas that may have been affected by injury or trauma.
  • Arterial ultrasound probe is used by cardiologists to check for possible obstructions in the arteries, or to diagnose DVT.
  • In gastroenterology, doctors can view the abdomen using an ultrasound probe to view organs such as the aorta, pancreas, gall bladder, kidneys, liver and spleen.

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