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Your system might need a few tweaks to its settings before you really begin using it. The following steps will enable you to check each of the points I think are most important to set up properly ahead of time. Some might already be configured the way you want them. Others might need to be adjusted.

The idea here is going to be to set everything up the way we want it to be, and then to save those settings as our new defaults for our chosen exam type.

So here we go … Let’s look at each of these in turn …

Placing your ranch’s name at the top of the screen

If your name isn’t at the top of the screen, or if you just want to edit the way it is written there, follow the steps below to add it or to make changes. This will appear on all of your saved images, so you definitely want it up there.

Press MENU
This button is three to the right of your spacebar.

With “System Set-Up” highlighted, press ENTER
It should be highlighted already, simply press the “Enter” button to the right of your trackball.

Select “Facility Name” and press ENTER
Use your trackball to highlight “Facility Name” and press “Enter” again.

Type in your name (or facility name) and press ENTER
If there is already something up there, you may need to press Backspace (top right corner of your keyboard) to erase anything you may want to type over. Once it is typed the way you like it, press “Enter” again.

If you are back to the Menu, press “Menu” again to save and exit
Whenever you make changes in the Menu, you get into it by pressing “Menu” and you get out of it by pressing “Menu.” Exiting this way saves your changes.

 

Correcting the time or date at the top of the screen

If the time is off a little, that’s not so bad, but you definitely want the date to be correct on your ultrasound images. I cover below how to fix the time and the date if either isn’t the way you want it.

Press MENU
This button is three to the right of your spacebar.

With “System Set-Up” highlighted, press ENTER
It should be highlighted already, simply press the “Enter” button to the right of your trackball.

Select “Date and Time” and press ENTER
This is probably already highlighted, so just press “Enter” again.

Select whichever item you want to change …
You can change the date, the date format, the time, and the time format. Use the trackball to highlight the one you want to change, then press “Enter.” Now, using the keyboard and the “Enter” key, make the changes you want. When you are correcting the time or the date, you will type in each entry as two digits and press “Enter” to advance to the next field. (NOTE: when changing the time, you have to type in the figures in military time — for example, using 13 for 1PM — so the system will know if you mean AM or PM. As long as you have the time format set to 12-hour (AM/PM) it will display as normal, even though you type it in as military.)

When you fill in the last field, you will then press MENU again to save the changes and exit.

Repeat those steps to make any other changes you wish to make to Date and Time. Just remember to always press MENU at the end to make the changes stick.

 

Checking a few settings …

Most of your settings are listed in the box on the left side of your screen. We want to set a few as defaults. You can always change these later and then re-save your exam type (as shown below), but the following seem a good starting point for most breeders.

Frequency
If your “Frequency” setting doesn’t say 5.0 MHz, then press your FREQ button a few times until it does.

B-Gain
If your “B-Gain” setting says anything other than 70, then turn the B-GAIN knob until it does. (You will only be working in “B” Mode, never in “M” Mode, so you can ignore any settings for M-Gain.)

ENH (Enhancement)
Press the T-BALL button (right above the track ball) and then scroll your trackball down … If you look to the box at left, you’ll see your cursor moving down through the various settings there. Highlight the setting for ENH — it’s probably zero — and then using your VALUE knob (the furthest knob to the right), you can raise your Enhancement value to 3. (Also, while you’re in this menu, take a quick glance at the setting for WIDTH … You want this value to match the length of your probe. If you have a 50mm probe, it should say 50mm. If you have a 65mm probe, it should say 65mm. If it doesn’t match, highlight it and use the VALUE knob to change the setting.) Once finished, press T-BALL again to exit this menu.

Setting Up the “Fast-Save” Option
Later during the work flow training, you’ll see that the best way to save images is to the USB thumb drive plugged into the back of the ultrasound. And the easiest (and by far quickest) way to do this is by setting up the system to do a quick two-button-save. This just takes a few seconds to set up initially one time.

Step 1: Start by pressing DISK (located on the left side of your ultrasound console). And when the little box comes up, scroll down to “Store Settings” and press “Enter.”

Step 2: In the menu that now comes up you can use your trackball to select the settings you wish to choose and then press “Enter” to select each of them. These are the settings you want to highlight and select: Image Format = “JPEG.” CINE Format = “AVI.” Store Location = “USB Disk.” Folder Format = “Patient Name / Date.” Save Location = “Hard Disk.” With all of those set, go to the bottom and highlight “OK” and press “Enter.” This should take you back to the little menu. Press “ESC” to escape out of that. You’re all set now.

 

Saving all of this as your new default exam settings

Now that we have all of that in place, we are going to save everything as your default settings, so that every time you turn on the system these come up.

First thing to do is look to the bottom left of your screen and see what exam type is already listed there and if it’s what you want. The default equine/bovine-reproductive exam type is named “Reproductive of female.”

If it does say “Reproductive of female,” and you’re okay with that as your exam type, follow these steps:

  1. Press EXAM (two buttons to the right of the space bar).
  2. Scroll down to highlight “Reproductive of female” and press the letter “U” to update the exam type. It will ask you if you are sure, and just press “Enter” to say yes.
  3. With that exam type highlighted, now press “Enter” again to save and exit.

If it does not say “Reproductive of female,” or if it does but you want to change it, follow these steps:

  1. Press EXAM (two buttons to the right of the space bar).
  2. Scroll down to the very bottom of the menu to highlight the words “User defined from active” and press “Enter.” A little box will pop up for you to type into. Using the keyboard — and the shift key for capital letters, and backspace key to correct any mistakes — type in something like “Equine Repro” and press “Enter.”
  3. You should see this new exam type now listed above, with a letter “U” next to it, indicating that it’s a user-defined exam type. Highlight this and using the keyboard press the letter “S” to set that as your new default. After a second or two, you should see a “#” sign appear next to it. Highlight this exam type and press “Enter” to save and exit.

 

Your system is now configured for best initial performance and your settings are saved as your new defaults.

 

An Extra Step … Configuring Your Custom Annotations

This step is also linked later, when we cover annotating your image, but if you would like to get a jump on it here, I’ve prepared some notes on how to program in your own custom annotations for the exam type you’ve just created. By saving the words and phrases you are most apt to use when putting notes on your images, it can make annotating your images much quicker. If interested, you can see the notes where I cover how to set these up by clicking here.

 

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