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From Monstrous to Miniscule: How Ultrasound Technology Has Evolved

Ultrasound machines have come a long way. The first ultrasound machine was a 2D scanner debuted in 1958 by Ian Donald and Tom brown. They called it the Diasonograph, but it was known in more informal and unkind circles as the Dinosaurograph.

This ancestor of the modern day ultrasound machine was 8 ft tall and occupied approximately a third of the space available in an average scanning room. The ultrasound images were static, and were created by rocking the transducer slowly over the body part being examined.

Philips Ultrasound Machines

Ultrasound devices consist of a digital processor and system display, a control unit for focus, compensating amplifier, transmitter pulse generator, and a transducer. They are used to do cerebrovascular, urological, maternity, cardiac, and abdominal examinations; breast examinations; and operational and review of small tissue pieces.

Ultrasound applies to acoustic energy above the human hearing frequency. Diagnostic sonographic scanners operate in a range of frequencies that are hundreds of times higher than the human hearing limit. The higher the frequency is, the smaller the details. 

Refurbished Ultrasound Machines

There are many used ultrasound dealers found on the internet. They all claim to be the solution to all the needs of potential customers. The multitude of available information can make a choice confusing. Absolute Medical Equipment has been the leader of reconditioned, pre-owned medical equipment since 2001.

Ashley Herschman, the company's founder, was fascinated by ultrasound equipment technology advancement. He upgraded his ultrasound machines to be state-of-the-art. When GE Capital became aware of the development, a partnership was formed. Buying ultrasound equipment, refurbishing it, and selling the refurbished equipment was the primary function of the company.

Autoclaves and Sterilizers

Autoclaves are sterilizers that use high-pressure steam to remove living organisms and contaminants from equipment. They can be found in tattoo parlours; nail salons; veterinary, dentist and doctor offices. The purpose of the sterilizers is to prevent germs from passing between clients and patients.

They are used for medical and dental instrument sterilization, handpiece sterilization, and other autoclavable material. Absolute Medical Equipment carries automatic and manual sterilizers. Autoclaves are a sterilizer subset.

Vital Sign and Fetal Monitors from Absolutemed

The Absolute Medical Equipment company began as a refurbishing hobby for ultrasound equipment. The demand for the equipment grew and became a full-fledged business that expanded to offer a wide array of medical speciality equipment.

Among the products offered are vital sign monitors. Private physician offices, outpatient centres, surgery centres, universities, and hospitals avail themselves to the products offered by Absolute Medical Services, Inc. at significant savings.

Defibrillator Comparison

AED G3 Automatic and Semi-Automatic Defibrillators

Users have a choice between the AED G3 defibrillators. There is an automatic and semi-automatic version available. When appropriate, the automatic AED administers a defibrillating shock. The user has a no shock button to press.  A press of a button, issues a defibrillating shock from the semi-automatic version.

Comparison of Three Ultrasound Machines

The ease-of-use, reliability, and reliability of ultra sound machines have provided the practice of medicine with tools that make the care of patients better. Ultrasound machine designs are usable and intuitive. They do not slowdown in complicated settings. Three ultrasound machines are compared and contrasted below.

Vitals are Vital to Patient Health

There are fewer indicators of overall health and wellness than the state of a personís vital signs. Whether they are collected routinely during a physical examination in a doctorís office, or they are taken at the scene of an automobile accident, vital signs are the gateway to how a personís body is reacting in a given moment. Sometimes, people say they feel fine, but their vital signs may reveal a different story. Paramedics, first responders, first aiders, nurses, doctors, and other health practitioners use vital signs as a benchmark for a patientís status.

How Ultrasound Machines Help Physicians Make Decisions

An ultrasound is a procedure that is performed by a physician or an ultrasound technician that involves taking 2D, 3D, or even 4D images of inside the body using sound waves. The sound waves bounce off of bones, tissues and organs inside the body to create images that are visible to medical professionals. Doctors use this information to help them determine disease and diagnosis, follow the course of a pregnancy, and more. The images that are created by ultrasound technology are called sonograms, and they are similar to x-ray pictures, but they are produced as a result of the sound waves.

The Benefits of a Portable Ultrasound Machine

Ultrasound was first used as a diagnostic tool in the early 1900ís, but in the past 50 years it has rapidly evolved into a multi-disciplinary medical tool. Oftentimes, when people think of an ultrasound, they envision a large, bulky machine that gives doctors and expectant parents views of developing fetuses; however, ultrasounds used during pregnancy only account for about 20 percent of the ultrasound market. 

Advances in Blood Pressure Monitors

Of the approximately 75 million American adults with hypertension, millions of patients visit their doctors yearly to monitor and control their blood pressure, yet only about half of them have their condition under control. Since high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, chronic heart failure, and kidney disease, accurately measuring and tracking a patientís blood pressure is a vital part of triage and any office consultation.

Testing blood pressure is a two part process, resulting in two numerical measurements - the systolic and the diastolic blood pressures. The systolic indicates how much pressure your blood exerts against the artery walls during heartbeats. The diastolic number indicates the minimum arterial pressure during relaxation and dilation of the ventricles of the heart. To perform the test, a reading is taken by placing a pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer), typically on the upper arm, which is then inflated either manually or electronically. 

Learn the Science Behind Blood Culture Analyzers

While blood culture science was originally pioneered in beginning of the 20th century, blood culture practices and technology have advanced exponentially since the mid-1970s. With the development of controlled clinical evaluations of blood culture systems and media, there is now a sound scientific basis for the basic precepts of blood culture. A variety of factors affect accurate blood culturing: skin antisepsis, number and timing of cultures, correct volume for blood culture, the culture media and any additives, the length and atmosphere of incubation, and the interpretation of positive blood culture results.

What is a Bone Densitometer and Bone Densitometry?

Bone densitometry, which is known as dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, also called DXA or DEXA, is a test that calculates bone density quickly and accurately. Used to discover osteopenia or osteoporosis, the test uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to take pictures inside the body, normally the lower spine and hip, to measure bone loss. 

A Guide to Pulse Oximeters

With chronic health problems, such as emphysema, congestive heart failure and various lung diseases, patients will have difficulty breathing and experience a significant drop in energy levels and the ability to perform simple everyday activities. A pulse oximeter is a device used to detect if the decrease in energy is due to a lack of oxygen in the blood. Here is a useful guide to pulse oximeters and their function.

What is a Defibrillator and How Does it Work?

The heart is one of the most powerful muscles in the body, and its ceaseless pumping is essential to sustaining life. If the hearts stops beating, blood stops flowing, the brain is deprived of its oxygen supply, and death can result in as little as 5 minutes. For someone who suffers a cardiac arrest, which is when the heart stops beating or has a life-threatening abnormal rhythm, emergency medical treatment is critical. While CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can help maintain the flow of oxygen to the brain, getting the heart restarted and beating normally again often requires defibrillation with an electric shock.