Setting Custom Annotations on the CTS-7700+

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, however, you already have a box filled with annotation phrases, you probably have all sorts of phrases covering other exam types. You can use your trackball to scroll down through all of these, but in all likelihood, if you haven’t put them in there yourself, the podiatry phrases probably aren’t in there yet. Scroll through to see. If they aren’t in the list, we will put them in ourselves.

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" up near the top left — press "Enter," and then in the resulting menu scroll down and highlight the custom exam type you have set up on your system (probably the bottom item in the list: either "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 or 20 of them. Pick things you imagine using often. If you need to fix or change anything, just use the trackball to go back to the item you want to change and use the "Backspace" key to back up over the item, and then re-type it.

    When you finish, scroll down to highlight "Set" at the bottom left and press "Enter."

Using Your Custom Annotations

With these set up in your system, after pressing "Freeze" 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 (you will likely need to scroll through a bunch of things that pertain to other exam types before you get down to the podiatry annotations you put in — I’m hoping to see this changed in an upcoming software upgrade). Select the word you want to put o the screen by highlighting it and pressing "Enter." You can now move the word around on the screen using the trackball, then stick it where you want on the screen by pressing "Enter" again. You can then either select another word from the annotation menu to move around on the screen and stick somewhere, 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) may clear any text you have put on the screen, but it may also make your measurements disappear. On the CTS-7700+, as long as you are in the text mode, "Clear Text" will only clear the text, and if you are in the distance mode it will clear only your measurements. If you’re in neither of these modes, however, and just in "Scroll," I believe it will delete both. This is why correcting text with your "Backspace" key is the safest approach.