Quick Start Guide for Scan Pad veterinary ultrasound machine. Download the pdf by clicking here.
Setting up your Scan Pad
- Connect your transducer to the back of the Scan Pad before turning the power on.
Note: Both your monitor and transducer come with protective covers. You do not need to remove the screen cover to use your machine, but you must remove the protective strip from the transducer head to be able to scan.
Starting your scan
Apply ultrasound gel to your probe. The easiest method for pregnancy detection is to scan along the midline of the bitch, starting at the bladder (nearest the tail) and working up to the liver.
Note: Ultrasound gel is an acoustic couplant, not simply a lubricant. As such, it is not advisable to substitute ultrasonic gel for any other type of gel or cream. In an emergency, the best substitute for ultrasound gel is water, as it has a similar acoustic impedance to ultrasound gel and soft tissue.
- Overall Gain (knob, far left): amplifies the returning signal. Twist this up if your image is too dark, and down if it is too bright.
- Frequency (‘Freq’ touchscreen button): Pen, Gen, Res, THPen, PHGen, THRes.
‘Pen’ and ‘THPen’ will give you better penetration.
‘Res’ and ‘THRes’ will give you better resolution.
Therefore, ‘Pen’ and ‘THPen’ can help if you are struggling to obtain an image on larger breeds.
- Depth (knob, far left – press it once to switch to depth control from gain control): Utilise as much of your scanning area as possible by reducing your depth so that your region of interest fills your screen. For small dogs in particular, be sure to reduce your depth – it doesn’t make sense to scan a Chihuahua with a 8cm waist with your scanner set to 15cm. Also consider that you may wish to take some ‘overview’ images of multiple sacs at one depth, and reduce your depth to focus on one particular gestation sac at a time.
- Freeze (‘snowflake’ hard key at front of scanner): freezes your image so that you can save or scroll back in time (using the knob on the far left).
Note: Don’t be afraid of playing with controls! It’s the best way to learn, and remember they will always reset back to default once you turn off your machine.