Sunday, 28 May 2017

CARDIAC PHASED ARRAY PROBE IMAGE DEGRADATION






  • Crystals are grouped closely together.
  • Sound waves originates from a single point and fan outward,creating a sector-type Image.
  • Smaller and flatter footprint them the curvilinear probe.
  • Probe has fequency between 2-8MHz.
  • Currently used for cardiac Imaging,Imaging between ribs and small spaces.


The issue is almost certainly caused by a significant knock to the head of the probe as can be seen in the image below.



Now if we compare a good ultrasound image from the same phantom on the same ultrasound system. Firstly the good image, you can see how clear the phantom dots throughout the image are:



Now comparing with an image taken from the faulty probe:



With such gradual deterioration, it is sometimes difficult to recognize the problem as it just gets more and more difficult to scan patients.

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