Setting Custom Annotations on the CTS-5500+

This can really speed up annotating your images …

You can always simply use TEXT (at the far left of your space bar) to add annotations to your images, but being able to use ANNOT (just to the left of your space bar) can speed things up considerably by saving you a lot of typing.

First — let’s see if you already have them installed. Make sure your image is frozen (it should say "Scroll" at the bottom right; if it doesn’t, press "Freeze"). Now press "ANNOT" (to the left of your space bar) and see if a little menu comes up and if it’s populated with phrases already. If you got a blank box with nothing in it, just go ahead and press "ESC" (to the left of your trackball) and we will have to program them in. If you already have a box filled with annotation phrases, skip to the last step below, covering "Using Your Custom Annotations."

Creating Your Own Custom Annotations:

  1. Press MENU and with "System Set-Up" highlighted press "Enter."
  2. Use your trackball to scroll to the very bottom of the menu, highlight "Annotation Edit," and press "Enter."
  3. A window will pop up. Before starting to type anything in, it should be highlighting "Exam" or "Exam Select" up near the top left — press "Enter," then in the resulting menu scroll down (using the trackball or the Value knob — the knob the furthest to the right on your ultrasound console) and highlight the custom exam type you have set up on your system (should be "Podiatry" or "Podiatric" or "Foot Ankle"). With that highlighted, press "Enter." This will take you back to the original annotation window.
  4. Using the scroll ball, move down to the first field and start typing, dropping down the next field with your trackball as you go. You probably want to put things you use most commonly at top. Typical entries include:
    • Left
    • Right
    • Plantar Fascia (though it may only fit without the space: PlantarFascia)
    • Calcaneus
    • Injection
    • Neuroma
    • Tendon
    • Achilles
    • Met Head (or maybe Metatarsalgia?)
    • Foreign Body
    • Ganglion
    • Sesamoid
    • Metatarsals
    • Rupture
    • Hematoma

    You have room for 15 of them. Pick things you imagine using often and would like to avoid having to type out every time. If you need to fix anything, just use the backspace key and type it in the way you want. When you finish, go to the bottom of the box and highlight "Set" (or "Save") at the bottom left and press Enter.

Using Your Custom Annotations

With these programmed into the system, after pressing "Freeze" to freeze an image you can use the "Annot" button to the left of the space bar to display this menu. Use the trackball to scroll down through the items, selecting them with "Enter" and moving the word around on the screen using the trackball, then sticking it on the screen with "Enter" again. (You can then either select another word from the annotation menu to move around on the screen, or you can make the little menu go away by pressing "Esc" to the left of the trackball.)

If you want to add to these annotations once they are on the screen or change anything, simply press "Text" (two buttons to the left of the "Annot" button) and use the trackball to position the cursor anywhere on the screen.

To erase anything, simply position the cursor to the right of it and use the "Backspace" key (up at the top right of your keyboard) to back up over anything you don’t want, then simply type in anything you wish to change or add.

Once finished annotating your image, press "Esc" to exit the annotation or text mode.

Note: pressing "Clear Text" (to the left of the "Annot" button) will clear any text you have put on the screen. But be careful: on the CTS-5500+ this will also make your measurements disappear. It’s better to stick with using "Backspace" to make text corrections.