Setting Up Your CTS-8800 Ultrasound

This is going to look like a lot of steps, but it’s mostly visual — and most will seem rather obvious as you start going through it. Be sure to at least check off each step, however, all the way to the bottom, where I cover some of the important settings you will want to ensure are configured properly. (These settings are also covered under the Configuration link you will find under the CTS-8800 tab along the top navigation bar on this screen.)

Unpacking and setting up …

1.) The ultrasound itself. Unwrap any plastic that is on it and we will plug everything in as we go through the rest of the steps.


2.) The box of cords and stuff. Most of the items I’ll cover below, but a few of them I can cover here: The dust cover, some spare fuses (keep those in a drawer somewhere), a green and yellow grounding cable (you can throw that out), and possibly, though not always, a white USB thumb drive with "SIUI" printed on it (if you get one of these, it is an emergency software recovery disk — keep it in a drawer and do not try to use it to save images under any circumstances; we will have sent you a separate USB drive for saving your images).


The power cord is basically a standard computer cord. This plugs into the back and then into either a wall outlet, a surge protector (even better), or into one of the outlets on a power exam table.


4.) The video printer cable — with two silver "BNC" twist connections. You only need this if you have a printer (and in fact, it’s actually just a back-up, since your printer should come with its own). If you have a printer, connecting this cord is covered on a separate printer set-up page available by clicking here.


5.) The video printer remote cable — with two "male" ends: one end like a VCR (or RCA) video connection and the other end like a headphone jack. This too you only need if you have a printer (although in this case, the printer does not include this one). And once again, connecting this cord, if you have a printer, is covered on a separate page, available by clicking here.


6.) Find the probe-holder in the box and unwrap it. This inserts into the side of the ultrasound above where the probe will plug in. This is where you will hang your probe (unless you have an ultrasound cart, in which case you will likely hang the probe from that instead).


7.) The probe is in its own padded box. First thing, I recommend tearing off the crinkly plastic around the probe cord. It’s optional, but it drives me nuts and I always take it off.

The next few images cover plugging in the ultrasound probe. You want to plug in the probe before turning the machine on. (Indeed, you always want the system OFF when you plug in or unplug the probe.)

The probe plugs into the "Probe A" slot, with the words "SIUI" facing UP and the cord pointed toward the BACK of the ultrasound.
Also note the little gray twist knob on the side of it: you want that pointing UP toward the word "SIUI."

Once you firmly insert the probe into the "Probe A" slot, twist the gray locking knob clockwise 90 degrees to a flush position. This will lock the probe in place.

With the probe plugged in, and perhaps after you have torn off the crinkly plastic from the probe cord, you can hang the probe from either the probe holder on the side of your ultrasound or from one of the probe slots on the ultrasound cart.


Now let’s go around to the back of the system …

8.) This is the back of the ultrasound, with the power cord plugged in and the master power switch turned to "1" (which means "On") and the little green master power supply light lit up. Always leave this master power switch turned ON. Never, ever turn it off.

NOTE: Never use the master power switch on the back of the ultrasound. Flipping that switch is like turning off the main power on the back of a computer. Always leave this switch ON.

You will always use the round green power button on the front of the ultrasound (at the top left corner of the ultrasound console) to turn the system on and off. This will properly launch the software and properly close it down.

Important USB drive tip #1 (for CTS-7700 owners):
If your ultrasound came with a white or silver USB thumb drive (or "flash drive") with the words "SIUI" or "" printed on it (see image below), this is an emergency software recovery drive and you should never use it to save images. I recommend sealing it in an envelope and writing "RECOVERY SOFTWARE" on it in black market and lock it in a drawer somewhere and forget about it. For saving your ultrasound images, you will want to use any other USB thumb drive (prefarably 2-gig or smaller), and ideally the one we sent you separately.

.CTS-7700 owners only

Important USB drive tip #2 (for everyone): You will plug in your Kingston USB thumb drive firmly into the top USB port, but only after the system is turned on. And you will unplug the USB drive only after the system is turned off. In other words: Turn on the system, then plug in the USB drive. Then, when you are going to move the machine to another room or at the end of the day, turn off the system, then unplug the USB drive (and perhaps set it on top of the ultrasound in the depression under the handle). This protocol minimizes the chances of messing up data on the thumb drive and helps ensure that your ultrasound performs properly.

9.) Finally, if you have an ultrasound printer, you can see how to properly connect it and set it all up by clicking here.

Now let’s move around to the front of the system …

10.) This is the button to use when turning the system on or off.


11.) With the system turned on, and ideally with the overhead fluorescent lights turned off (you always want to work in dim lighting), I recommend adjusting the monitor brightness and contrast settings, and usually in this fashion: First, press the leftmost button and hold it down for a few seconds to lower the brightness of the screen, making the black background truly black rather than gray. Then press the rightmost button and hold that down for a few seconds to increase the contrast, making your whites and blacks more definitive. This is definitely something you have to adjust by seeing it, and you may want to tweak it over the first few days of using the ultrasound.


12.) Last, arrange your TGC Gain Sliders in a diagonal slope, as shown in either of the images above. This makes for a nice starting point and can serve as your default position.


Making sure your settings are all in place …

At this point you should be done, but let’s check a few settings and make sure they’re the way we want them. We try to have the manufacturer configure the systems the way we want them set up for you before shipping, but sometimes things get missed. Just in case, here are the settings we want to check:

  1. Your name or your practice name at the top of the screen. If it’s not printed up there the way you want it, go into the main MENU (represented by a Tool icon over on the left side of the console, to the left of the Disk save button), and choose System Set-Up.
  2. The date and time at the top right corner. If that’s not the way you want it, or if it’s incorrect, go into the main MENU (represented by a Tool icon over on the left side of the console, to the left of the Disk save button), and choose System Set-Up.
  3. The exam type in the upper left side of the screen. If this says anything other than the exam type you want to perform, then we are going to need to change it. If you are a podiatrist, for example, and it doesn’t say "Podiatry" down there, you’re going to want to set it to Podiatry. On the CTS-8800 you will press the Probe Select button (at the bottom left corner of your console, above the Reports button). This will pull up a menu of the exam types associated with the probe you have plugged in. Choose the one you want using either the trackball or the Value dial, and then press Enter to select it.
  4. And once your exam type is set up, you can even create a menu of custom annotation words and phrases that will speed up making notations on your images. The instructions on setting this up are available by clicking here.
  5. One last setting we want to check: the unit assigned for your distance measurements. Often this is defaulted to centimeters when you receive your ultrasound, and we are going to want to set it to millimeters. To check this, press the Tool icon (your main Menu), located on the left side of the console, just above the probe icon. On the menu that comes up, select “Calculation Set Up” and press Enter (to the right of your trackball). Choose the option for distance unit of measurement, and change it to millimeters. Then press the Tool icon again to save and exit. That should cover all of the important initial changes you might want to make.



Click here to move on to the Work Flow section, to learn how to operate your ultrasound, step-by-step.

Or click the links below to download the CTS-8800 operator’s manual, if you would like to explore anything on the system not covered here.