There are a few adjustments to your settings I would like for you to make which will definitely improve the performance of your system. They are fairly quick and easy to adjust, and once made you won’t have to worry about them any more.

 

Checking your GAIN, FREQ, ENH, and WIDTH

1. On your ultrasound, press "T-Ball" (located above your trackball).

2. Look up to the box of settings on the left side of your screen and roll our trackball up a little and highlight the value currently set for B_GAIN. Using your B Gain Knob (second knob from the right on your ultrasound console), change this setting to 75.

3. Now roll our trackball down and highlight FREQ (Frequency). If it’s not there already, use your Value Knob (rightmost knob on your console) to change this to 7.5.

4. Roll the trackball down further (the control box of settings will expand larger) and highlight the value for ENH. This is your "enhancement" setting and will enhance the edges of things. It might be set at 0 initially. Use your Value Knob to raise it to 3.

5. Now just look at your setting for WIDTH and make sure it’s set to 50mm. If it isn’t (if it’s set to 38mm, for example, and you don’t have a 38mm probe), use your Value Knob to change this to 50mm.

6. Now roll the trackball back up, which will contract the control box again (making it small), and press "T-Ball" to get out of that mode.

 

Changing your unit of measurement from CM to MM

1. Press your MENU button (three buttons to the right of your space bar). From the menu that comes up, use your trackball to scroll down to "Calculation Set-Up" and press "Enter" (to the right of your trackball).

2. Use your trackball to select "Distance Unit" and press "Enter" again. You can now change the setting from CM to MM with your trackball and then press "Enter" to select it.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and choose "Return to the main menu" and press "Enter."

4. Press the "MENU" button again to exit.

 

Checking your measurement position

1. Press the Freeze button at the bottom right corner of your ultrasound console. (At the bottom right corner of your screen, it should have changed to the word "Scroll." If it says "Focus," press Freeze again to change it to "Scroll.")

2. You will learn how to make a measurement in detail later, but for now press the "DIS" button to the left of your trackball to go into distance mode. (It should say "Dis" at the bottom right corner of your screen now.)

3. You can use your trackball to move the cursor on the image. Pick a place to start and press "Enter" (to the right of your trackball) to start a line. Move your trackball to another point on the screen, and press "DIS" again to calculate that distance. Now press "ESC" (to the left of your trackball, below the Dis button) to escape out of that mode.

4. The measurement you just made is probably displayed up at the top right on your image. Press the letter "P" on your keyboard to change the position of the displayed measurements. In fact, press "P" twice to move the measurements to the lower left corner of your screen. This is the best place for them to be displayed.

 

SAVING ALL OF THESE AS YOUR NEW DEFAULTS

With those changes all set, you will want to save them as your new defaults. Here is how you do that:

1. Press "EXAM" (two buttons to the right of the space bar).

2. Scroll down to highlight the "Podiatry" exam type.

3. Press the letter "U" on your keyboard to update that exam type with these new settings. It will pop up a little window asking you if you are sure you want to do this. Press "Enter" to say yes.

4. With the podiatry exam type highlighted, press "Enter" to save and exit.

 

Custom Podiatry-Specific Annotations

This last bit is optional, but can be quite nice. You may want to take a minute or two to type in some custom annotations at this point, which will save you time later, eliminating having to type out common words and phrases when annotating your images. You can find instructions on doing this by clicking here.