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Making Equine Ultrasound Safe and Affordable For Breeders

It’s highly recommended that you save all of your equine repro ultrasound images. Keeping a record this way will substantially improve your results with each season. And fortunately, saving image is very easy, and very quick (provided you set up your system properly for the two-button-save option in the beginning).

But first, let’s talk about one way you should NOT try to save images … See those buttons on the right side, marked “Save” and “Recall”? Don’t use them. Pretend they aren’t there. Those are used to save images to the hard drive of the ultrasound itself and pull them back up. (You can check the operator’s manual more on those. I recommend not using them though.)

The button you will use to save images is DISK. And if you set up your system the way I suggest in the section on configuration, you can use this button to very quickly save your images to your USB thumb drive. Here’s how:

  1. Make sure the mare’s name is listed at the bottom left. (If not, click here.)
  2. Press DISK.
  3. Press ENTER.
  4. Watch the bottom right side of the screen for it to flash “Saved Successfully.” (If for any reason it flashes “USB not found,” then make sure your USB drive is plugged in properly, or switch it to the other USB port in the back. Then try it again.)

When you save images in this fashion — again, provided your system is configured properly — it will save the image to your USB drive in this format: it will create a folder on the USB drive named patientinfo, and inside of that another folder with the mare’s name, and inside of that a folder with today’s date, and inside of that the actual images you capture of this mare today. What this means is, it will keep all of your images organized by mare and by date. (Just be sure to download these images to your computer periodically to make sure you are keeping them backed up.)

 

The “Slow” Way of Saving Images

There’s another way to save images, where you can control exactly what the files are named (and can pull them up on the ultrasound afterward if you want, rather than having to view them on your computer). Here’s how this is done:

  1. Press DISK.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom item, “Disk,” in the menu, and press Enter.
  3. In the menu you can now select all of your options. Choose “USB Disk” for destination (do not choose “flash”!), then choose “Write Image” in the middle column (unless you want to pull up an image you’ve already saved to the USB drive using this method: then choose “Read Image”), then choose “JPG” for your file type, and then with the two little dots highlighted (“..”) just press Enter again, and this will take you to the bottom where you can type in a file name (probably something involving the mare’s name and the date, such as Galadriel021810 for an ultrasound of the mare Galadriel on February 18th, 2010 … and maybe preface it with 1Galadriel and 2Galadriel if you are doing multiple images of the same mare).
  4. Press Enter and again watch the bottom right side of the screen for it to flash “Saved Successfully.” (If for any reason it flashes “USB not found,” then make sure your USB drive is plugged in properly, or switch it to the other USB port in the back. Then try it again.)

Keeping your ultrasound images throughout the season (and from one season to the next) can add a substantial level of accuracy to your breeding program. Definitely take advantage of this.

And as a final safety tip: whenever you transfer images to your computer, be sure when removing the USB thumb drive, that you first go down to the bottom right corner of your monitor and look for the little green arrow icon to safely remove the device. If you hover over it, a little bubble will come up asking if you would like to safely remove the drive. Click the drive you want to remove (the USB drive) and then it will flash “Safe to remove hardware” and only then unplug the USB drive from your computer. This dramatically reduces the chances of accidentally messing up your USB drive and having to reformat it.

 

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* Note: If you’re interested in saving your cineloops as video files, click here!

 

 

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