Configuring Your CTS-8800 Plus

This looks like a lot of steps, but they’re all real quick. Go through the following (or have someone on your staff run this it) and you’re ready to roll.

A.) Adjust Brightness and Contrast of Display

1. Press Menu up on the very top of the keyboard (just below the screen).

2. Use the arrow buttons to select “Brightness” and press Menu again (the word will turn red).

3. Use the arrow buttons to raise it up to at least 55.

4. Press Menu again, select “Contrast” with arrows, press Menu again (the word will turn red).

5. Use the arrow buttons to raise this one also up to at least 55.

6. Finally press Menu again, use the left arrow to go to the bottom of the list, and press Menu again to exit.

When you are using your ultrasound, you will want to dim the lights in the room to get the very best view of your display. As you work more with your ultrasound, you may want to come back to this section and tweak your Brightness and Contrast further.

B.) Set the Time and Date

1. Press the Set Up button (just to the right of the space bar).

2. Use the trackball to move the arrow over “System Set Up” and press Enter.

3. Select Date & Time and press Enter.

4. Start now by going to the Time Zone tab and choosing the drop-down menu (you can hold down the Enter button to grab the slider and use the trackball to pull it down). Choose your time zone and then press the Apply button.

5. Now go up to the Date & Time tab. Down under the clock, click in the hour or minute field, and click the little up or down arrows next to it to raise or lower the number displayed, until your correct time shows. Click the Apply button again.

6. Hit OK in the System Set-Up menu now, and then Exit on the main menu.

C.) Change Your Name (or the Office Name) at the Top of the Screen If Necessary

This part is easy. Go to Set Up (just right of the space bar), choose System Set Up, and then right near the top you can click in the box with the name, use the backspace button to erase what’s there, and type in whatever you like. Then just click OK and Exit.

D.) Change Standard Distance Unit from Centimeters to Millimeters

If you measure something, you’re going to want to do it in millimeters. Your ultrasound is probably set up for centimeters, so we want to change that.

Go to Set Up (just right of the space bar), choose Measurement Set Up, and then in the second line down choose “mm” as your distance unit. Then just click OK and Exit.

E.) Adjust the Probe Width Setting & Default Frequency For Your Exam Type

You should have a 50mm probe. It’s possible your system is set for 38mm. (You can tell by looking over on the left for the “width” setting and seeing if it’s 50mm or 38mm. If it’s 38mm, we’re going to want to change it.)

1. Press the Probe/Exam button and select, say, “Orthopedic” or “Podiatry.”

2. With the image un-frozen (live), press the Enter button to the right of your trackball. This should give you a white arrow in the middle of the screen, which you can then scroll over to the left and highlight the Width setting (currently at 38mm). It should turn blue when you’re over top of it.

3. Now use the Menu dial (just above and to the right of the green Print button) to change this 38mm to 50mm.

4. While you’re over here, move the arrow up over the ENH (enhancement) setting, which is probably at 0 right now. Use the Menu dial to raise that to 3.

5. Now scroll back over to the middle of the image area (so you’re no longer highlighting anything on the left), and press Enter again. (You should see your colored focus pointers appear again along the left side of the image.)

6. Now press the Frequency (Freq) button several times until the frequency displayed over near the top left is at 7.5 MHz.

7. And finally, go to the Set Up button (right of the space bar), choose Examination Set Up, choose Orthopedic or Podiatry (whichever exam you were altering), and then you can Save the Parameters (click OK), then click Exit.


In the future, as you work more with the ultrasound, you may decide to tweak other settings to your liking. At any point you make a notable improvement, you can repeat step 7 above to save your new settings as your new default configuration for that exam type.



Now that your ultrasound is ready, let’s have a look at your work flow. Click here …