Basic Scanning Techniques

Handling the ultrasound transducer / probe

  • Hold the probe like a pencil -- use your thumb and forefingers.
  • Apply a sufficient amount of gel to the probe or muscle.
  • Rest the heel of your hand on the muscle.
  • Apply the probe perpendicular to the muscle.
  • Apply resting probe pressure -- like you are writing on a paper.
  • Ensure the surface of the probe has continuous, even contact.

  • Avoid forcefully pressing the probe into the muscle.
  • Avoid insufficient gel, or lack of contact.  You'll notice black vertical streaks on the image.
  • Avoid having a tight cord, it will tilt the probe.  Put it over your shoulder.

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