Ultrasound is one of the most common and critical diagnostic technologies for veterinarians. This incredible tool can help veterinarians enhances the accuracy of their veterinary diagnoses and allow them to provide better care for sick pets. Ultrasound does require specialized knowledge and training if you would like to introduce it to your veterinary practice.
A plan is key for a successful ultrasound implementation. Lack of a plan could reduce the effectiveness of the ultrasound and its return on investment (ROI).
While challenges with veterinary ultrasound aren’t uncommon, many are avoidable. Below are some problems you may encounter when using ultrasound in your veterinary practice and some ways you can combat them.
1. Machine Malfunction
Ultrasound machines and systems are prone to malfunctioning. Preventive maintenance and annual service to your ultrasound can extend the life of your machine and keep it operating smoothly. At Choice Medical, our qualified staff is able to provide excellent support through annual service and preventive maintenance contracts tailored to each of our customers’ unique service needs.=
2. Low or Poor Quality Images
Not all veterinary ultrasound machines are created equal. At Choice Medical, our sales reps listen to your criteria and recommend a device based on your practice’s unique needs.
3. Hardware and Software Complications
Ultrasound machines from unreliable vendors are likely to have hardware and software issues, affecting their operation negatively. Reliable dealers will extend you a warranty and appraisal services so that you can be confident your machine will get fixed in case of inevitable machine complications.
4. Failure To Detect Some Body Organs
Ultrasound does not detect certain body organ tissues and focal lesions such as masses, especially in the liver. Train your veterinary practice staff on how to combine ultrasound and radiography to conduct thorough scans on patients.
5. Operator Dependent
The quality of an ultrasound depends in part on how well-versed the operator is with the equipment. Proper education and training are key to conducting high-quality ultrasounds.
Optimize Your Ultrasound Experience
An ultrasound machine can provide great value for your veterinary practice and can improve the quality of care you can provide your patients. Ultrasound offers you the power of real-time imaging, is non-invasiveness, and allows you to provide quicker and more accurate diagnoses for your clients’ pets.
If you’re looking for a new ultrasound for your practice, or if you’ve recently bought an ultrasound and would like to provide training to your staff, contact us at Choice Medical today!