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by Dr Tanya Berube, Peninsula Veterinary Surgery, Redcliffe, QLD
We mainly use this unit for abdominal ultrasounds. It’s great in an emergency when you need a quick result for a diagnosis. It’s good to visualise if there’s free fluid anywhere in the abdomen. It’s also a useful instrument for taking a urine sample from the bladder.
What’s good about it
The clarity of the image with the Mindray is excellent. It can be switched between different modes to view the results in a number of different ways. There’s a gain knob that allows you to adjust the grey scale in order to get the best possible image. The focus and depth controls are effective and a lot of information can be stored in the unit. As a sonographer, you’re constantly changing the focus, depth and gain to achieve the sharpest images.
I save all the images and take a lot of measurements. While I’m writing my report, I’ll review all the measurements at the same time.
We’ve only had this unit for a couple of months and it’s a vast improvement over our old machine. I think a vet practice should invest in a quality ultrasound unit. It’s a new modality that really helps with diagnosis. Ultrasound needs to be enthusiastically embraced by vets and nurses.
What’s not so good
When adjusting the gain to achieve a proper grey scale image, it switches too quickly with each turn of the knob. It can be difficult to find that perfect balance—I don’t want the image too bright or too dark. It would be great if the grey scale could be finessed so it was slowly brightened or darkened.