Ultrasound Training - Course Overview

Module 1 - System Operation

It is our belief that to service a unit well you must be able to use it.

System Introduction

  • System overview
  • Transducers / compatibility issues

Power On / Power Off

  • Circuit Breakers
  • Boot time/Sequence
  • Software Version differences

Knobology

  • Orientation/Work Flow
    • Patient ID
    • Transducer selection
    • Application / Presets
    • Image Enhancement
  • Image / Clip Storage
  • Calculations
  • Text / Annotations

Lab System Setup

System Setup

  • Adjust Date Time
  • Site Name
  • System Configuration
  • Peripheral Setup / Configuration
  • Screen Layout
  • Demographics
  • Presets
  • Calc Setup
  • Report Page

DICOM Configuration

  • Where it is and how to access it
  • Tips and techniques

System Setup Lab

Module 2 - Software

Software Architecture

  • Overview of system software history and some marketplace information
  • Discuss different versions in place today on the unit
  • Discuss differences in versions and/or options on unit
  • Gain an understanding of unit features and how they are controlled by the manufacturer
  • Learn software backup and restore abilities, if available on unit
  • Learn software reloading abilities or other methods to deal with software issues
  • Software lab

Module 3 - Hardware

Hardware Architecture

Learn to deal with manufacturer issues designed to keep you from servicing the unit.

  • Overall Signal Flow
  • Board level troubleshooting
  • Break the unit down unit smaller pieces for easier troubleshooting
  • Signal flow for color and Doppler, if different
  • PCB Review
    • List functions of boards appropriate to troubleshooting
  • Power Supply Signal Flow (sometimes a separate module)
    • Test Points and Description of each supply
    • Power sub-system block diagrams
    • Power supply troubleshooting

Hardware Lab

We take the unit apart completely in our hardware lab.

Module 4 - Dicom

  • Overview of any Dicom specific issues.
  • Installing / updating the Dicom settings.
  • Dicom issues specific to the unit.

Preventative Maintenance

We will discuss the items necessary to do while performing a PM of the ultrasound unit. Discussion to include things such as listed:

  • Tools Required
  • Parts required
    • Tapes
    • (bulbs…)
    • Procedure
  • Talk to customer
  • Test everything
  • Diagnostic’s
  • Clean entire system
  • Phantom Check
  • Prints
  • System Validation
  • Detailing

Axess Ultrasound Training Philosophy

Course Format

  • No more than three students per machine.
  • Classes are a mixture of theory and hands on time. Our goal is to never have students sit for more than 2 hours at a time without getting their hands on equipment.
  • Our instructors share real world experiences with students.
  • Classes are divided into modules for easy reference. Modules may be altered slightly from what you see here depending on the particular course, but in general, they contain the overall scope of information listed.
  • Classes are taught using PowerPoint for easy viewing. Attendees will receive a digital and paper copy of the course.
  • All attendees are tested to ensure accuracy of the learning process. (tests are open book)

Documentation

  • Class CD’s - Each attendee will receive a CD burned with various material helpful in servicing the unit.
  • Operations Manuals - Overview
  • Part Numbers - We will go over how the manufacturer uses part numbers and compatibility.