Saving Your Ultrasound Images

You should keep digital images stored from all of your ultrasound procedures. Five or ten years ago it was typical to print out the images, perhaps scan them, or otherwise stick them in a paper chart. Nowadays, there’s no reason not to be saving your images digitally. They look great, you can back them up, and they’re extremely easy to attach to electronic medical records or share through email.

The images you will be saving on your CTS-8800 Plus will be standard .jpg images. These you can attach to patient records in any EMR system in existence.

At worst, even if you don’t attach them to the specific patient records, you will want to keep a folder named “Ultrasound Images” on your computer and simply store all of your images there.

Just be sure to back it up now and then!

Saving Images

First we need to set up your default save settings. Press the Disk button (to the right of your Set Up button) and then choose your defaults. You want .jpg images and probably USB Disk as your default location. (We’re assuming here that you are plugging a USB drive into the side of the ultrasound and using that to move your saved images over to your computer.) Pick the format you want it to save your images in (I like the one that includes the patient’s name and date and time). One you’ve got this the way you want it, you can save and exit. (Go ahead and press Disk once more to make sure your settings are all still in place. Save and exit again.)

With these defaults in place, and with a USB drive plugged into the ultrasound, all you will need to do to save your images is press the Save button just above and to the right of your trackball.

Note: You can also go the long way around. If you have an image on your screen ready to save and you go to this Disk menu and choose “Save As” you can actually manually save an image. You would then navigate to My Computer, double-click the USB drive you’ve got plugged in, change the “Save As Type” down at the bottom is selected as .jpg, give the file whatever name you want, and then click Save. This is the long method, but it gives you complete control over the name and location of what you’re saving. This is also how you would move an image from your hard drive to the USB drive, by pulling up the image on the screen and then going to Disk and choosing “Save As” and navigating through the file saving process on your USB drive.

Now — if you have an image on the display and you’ve annotated it and made your measurements, you can simply press the Save button above and to the right of the trackball to save to whatever you set up as your default location (hard disk or USB drive). It should flash “Saved” so you know that it saved properly.

Image Thumbnails

When you press the Save button, it will also save your image down at the bottom of the screen as one of the displayed thumbnail images. This lets you jump back and forth among your recently saved images. You can save a bunch of thumbnail images like this. In fact, when you fill the line of images displayed down there, it will shift over and give you more slots for more images. There is a set of arrows to the far right you can use to move over to other other images saved in current memory.

To access these images, just press Enter to get your arrow, move it down over those navigation arrows, and click with the Enter button to jump between sets of images. You can then select the image you want with the arrow (it will highlight it with green) and press Enter to pull it up on the display.

Note: We are suggesting saving to the USB drive so you can move the images to your computer. This is the best option. If, however, you do save images to the hard drive of the ultrasound, you can press the Archive button (to the far right of the space bar) to access patients, see the images you’ve stored, and pull them back up on the screen. This is pretty cool, but realistically you’re probably better off saving everything to USB and moving the images to your computer so you can just look at them over there when they’re attached to the patient records in your EMR. They are safer on your computer (where they can be backed up) than sitting on your ultrasound.

And that should do it.

At this point, with the exam or procedure finished and the image annotated and saved, it’s time to move on to the next patient.

When you’re ready to use the ultrasound again, simply press Freeze again to un-freeze the image (taking you back to live scanning), put in the new patient’s name and ID, and jump back to the start of the work flow.

 

 

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