Monthly Archives: June 2018


30
Jun 2018
Aortic valve trace

There is a lot of debate within cardiology over what the definition of an echocardiogram should be. This has been fueled by the recent miniaturisation of ultrasound technology, its greater affordability, and the associated attempts to get ultrasound into the hands and pockets of those on the ‘front line.’ This has been most marked in the realm of human cardiology, but increasingly so within the veterinary world as wellm with many emergency vets and anaesthetists opting for handheld machines. The use of ultrasound as an additional diagnostic tool is to be encouraged, but......

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23
Jun 2018
Used ultrasound machines

From the 23rd of June 2018, audio will now be available for all of our longer posts. Text/transcription will be displayed below the audio file.   The pitfalls of buying privately sold used ultrasound equipment I’ve just finished speaking to a lady who, back in February, bought a used MSU from somebody for £650. Unsurprisingly, she hasn’t got on well with it. The MSU is a great little machine but, as I’m sure any MSU user will tell you, it takes work. It takes longer to “get your eye in” than with......

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22
Jun 2018
Animal Ultrasound Association logo

Animal Ultrasound Association (AUA) membership is currently open to people with measurable, verifiable training and experience. In the UK and USA, this currently means individuals who have completed training with Vet Image Solutions (VIS), and in Canada, with PetTech Solutions. Why the AUA accredits VIS-trained individuals in the United Kingdom A typical individual’s ultrasound training journey with VIS begins with a level 1 day course, led by a fully accredited sonographer. A sonographer is somebody who holds a masters degree or equivalent in diagnostic ultrasound, and an accredited sonographer is somebody who keeps......

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19
Jun 2018
Kid at Newholme Farm

Last weekend, I traveled around England scanning goats. Despite having a large number of goat breeders in our farm animal scanning Facebook group, I’d never had much hands-on experience myself, as the vast majority of our goat breeder group members are in the USA. Ultrasound scanning to confirm pregnancy in goats is very popular in the States, even on small farms. I believe the greater distances between the farms and their local scanner or veterinarian is a major contributing factor, but also, goat breeding just seems to be a lot bigger – and perhaps......

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