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Annotating an image means writing notes on it, so that when you come back to see the image later you’ll have a clear idea of what you are looking at. (This all of course assumes you are going to save your images. If you aren’t saving your images, you won’t need to bother annotating them.)

There are three buttons you will be using to annotate your ultrasound images. I’ll cover each below.

“A” — for Arrow

By pressing the letter “A” on your keyboard, you will pull up a little arrow. You can use your trackball to move it around, and you can use your “Value” knob to spin it. When you have it pointing where you want it, just press “Enter” to stick it on the screen. (You can then pull up another arrow if you want, simply by pressing the letter “A” again.)

TEXT — for Writing Text

If you press TEXT you go into text mode (you’ll notice at the bottom right corner it changes from “scroll” to “text”). While in text mode, you can move the cursor anywhere on the screen and simply start typing. You can use the shift key for capital letters, and you can use the backspace key to make corrections. There’s no need to press Enter anywhere — just move your cursor where you want and start typing, then move it somewhere else and start typing there instead. When you are finished, press “ESC” or “TEXT” again to exit out of text mode (and go back to saying “scroll” at the bottom right).

ANNOT — for Writing Text (Faster)

By programming in your own custom annotation words and phrases, you can dramatically speed up how quickly you can annotate an image. I’m going to provide a separate page covering how to handle these, and you can access those notes by clicking here.

Note: If you make a mistake in your annotations, avoid using the “Clear Text” button (which will erase all of your notes on the screen and your measurements). Instead, go into TEXT mode and position your cursor to the right of the word you want to fix or remove, and use the backspace key to clear over it, then retype it the way you wish. And then, of course, hit ESC or TEXT again to exit the text mode.

 

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