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Annotating an image means writing notes on it, so that when you come back to see the image later you’ll have a clear idea of what you are looking at. Nothing quite makes your images look more professional than strong, consistent annotations.

There are three main buttons you will be using to annotate your ultrasound images. I’ll cover each below.

 

The Arrow Button

When the image is frozen and you can see the word “Scroll” at the lower right corner, you can pull up an arrow by pressing the Arrow Button (just above your Value dial). You can use your trackball to move it around on the screen, and you can use your “Value” dial to spin it. When you have it pointing where you want it, just press “Enter” to the right of the trackball to stick it on the screen. (You can then pull up another arrow if you want, simply by pressing the Arrow Button again. Or if you are simply using the arrow as a pointer, and you don’t want to leave it on the screen, you can press Escape to the left of the trackball — also try the Clear button to the left of the space bar — to make it go away.)

You should always put arrows on your screen to point at:

  • The location of an injection
  • The location of pathology

 

TEXT — for Writing Text

If you press “TEXT” you go into text mode (you’ll notice at the bottom right corner it changes from “scroll” to “text”). While in text mode, you can move the cursor anywhere on the screen and simply start typing. You can use the shift key for capital letters, and you can use the backspace key to make corrections. There’s no need to press Enter anywhere — just move your cursor where you want and start typing, then move it somewhere else and start typing there instead. When you are finished, press Escape (to the left of the trackball) or “TEXT” again to exit out of text mode (and go back to saying “scroll” at the bottom right corner of the screen).

Every image should include these pieces of text:

  • A title at the bottom left corner of the image — telling us what side of the body we are on (left or right) and what we’re looking at. It’s also good to add the letters “Inj” (or “Injection”) if it’s a guided injection.
  • At least one piece of anatomy, as a landmark.
  • Any arrows pointing at locations of injections should be labeled “Inj.”
  • Any arrows pointing at locations of pathology should also be labeled.
  • Any other relevant notes.

 

ABC — for Inserting Text (Faster)

By programming in your own custom annotation words and phrases, you can dramatically speed up how quickly you can annotate an image.

The way to use this menu is to press the “ABC” button, just to the left of the space bar. A menu will pop up with words in it. You can then scroll through these, select the one you want, press “Enter” to grab it, then roll your trackball down to bring the word into view on the screen and position it where you like, then press “Enter” to stick it on the image. You will be taken back to the menu, where you can choose another word if you like. Otherwise, press Escape (to the left of the trackball) to escape out of the annotation menu, and use the “TEXT” mode described above to complete your annotations.

Note: If you make a mistake in your annotations, or want to get rid of an arrow, avoid using the “CLEAR” button (which will erase all of your notes on the screen and your measurements). Instead, go into TEXT mode and position your cursor to the right of the word or arrow you want to fix or remove, and use the backspace key to clear over it, then retype it the way you wish. Then hit Escape or TEXT again to exit the text mode.

 

 

Quick Links: Post-Capture

  1. Back Up In the Cineloop
  2. Make your Measurements
  3. Annotate the Image
  4. Print and Save the Image

 

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