Here are some choices based on our category specialist team’s recommendation: Truth Biomedical Digital Color Doppler Ultrasound Scanner, Double Screen with 2 Probe (Digital Mantra-1008) Truth Biomedical 4D Color Doppler Ultrasound Scanner with 4 Probe (Digital Mantra-1007) You can also go for the Sonosite MBPMS023 and the Sonosite M-Turbo Ultrasound System
The answer cannot be straightforward. Although the NCBI website states that ultrasound machines last for 7 to 9 typically, life expectancy of the ultrasound machine depends on multiple factors, like the quality of maintenance of the device and the type of ultrasound machine you have. High-tech ultrasound machines age well, but others need a higher maintenance level, otherwise there is a risk of wear and tear on ultrasound equipment like probes, transducer, monitor, CPU, control panel, etc. The most susceptible to damage out of these are probes/transducers due to its high-contact nature with foreign agents and its friction reducing its accuracy over time. Individual parts when maintained regularly and replaced when needs be provide the best chance of your machine lasting for the longest possible time.
There are some factors to be considered when buying your own ultrasound machine, especially if you are on your own. We recommend buying it from online sources, since they provide a multitude of benefits like range of options to choose from, easy payment options, expert advice to provide you with customizable solutions for your particular query, round-the-clock availability through email support, call support, credibility, potential cost benefits owing to their long-standing tie-ups with established brands, occasional promotions and discount offers, etc. We recommend Medikabazaar, India’s largest online B2B portal for medical supplies, to purchase ultrasound machines.
Checking your ultrasound machine daily is pivotal. Make sure that all parts like ultrasound wiring, cables and transducers are functional and their integrity maintained. Perform visual checks and look for cracks, cuts, tears in the cable, etc. Ensure obedience to proper sanitisation and cleaning procedures as laid out by the machine manual. Make sure to use compatible ingredients. Make a habit to conduct an end-of-day cleaning and backing up all data. Finally, book regular appointments for complete check-up as mandated/recommended.
Ultrasound machines are high investment equipment, ranging from Rs. 8,00,000 to Rs. 20,00,000, excluding GST. You can opt for any depending on your requirements and budget, but don’t shy from purchasing on the lower end of the cost spectrum as well.
Oftentimes you may see people grabbing ultrasound transducers from up high while their hand is floating in thin air, without any supporting material beneath it. This may work for a quick scanning procedure, but overtime your hand will get tired, leading to a loss of stability and a compromise in the integrity of the task at hand. At the base of the probe/transducer, put your thumb at the front and two fingers at the back (index and middle). Make sure your fingers do not cover the opposing side of the probe where you are going to conduct your actual procedures with your other hand, like inserting needles. As you place the probe down, you can actually rest your hand on the work surface. The same method can be applied if you hold the transducer long instead of wide, meaning the length of the transducer is facing top to bottom instead of left to right.
Wipe off the acoustic gel off the transducer after every exam. Remove any biopsy, guides or protective devices from it. As a general rule, disconnect them from the system before cleaning, disinfecting, rinsing, etc. Use moistened clothes to remove remains of contaminants that remain. Do not re-use cloths. Make sure that what ingredient you are using which is in soaps, disinfectants, etc. are in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines for your particular machine. The system connector should not be exposed to liquids and even moisture. Inspections and maintenance checks are a must. A final finer point to be noted is that manuals and other healthcare peers may use the work ‘cleaning’ and ‘pre-cleaning’ interchangeably.
Ultrasound is a safe treatment that has been used in physical therapy for many years, thought to speed healing by providing heat to injured tissues, thereby removing pain and increasing motion and flexibility. However, it may require professional opinions to operate. Not all people are aware that they can be harmful during pregnancy, around the eyes, cancer, around children, in areas with decreased temperature sensation. However, potential damage is unlikely in most use cases and under the guide of a professional, so the home ultrasound machines will generally be considered safe.
Ultrasound is used for many case scenarios. The most popular usage is fetal ultrasound, used to examine a baby during pregnancy. It is also used to view the ovary and uterus during pregnancy. Ultrasound is used to examine many of the body’s organs, like heart and blood vessels, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, etc. Ultrasound may also be used to assist with biopsies. There are many more uses of ultrasound apart from these three.