Patent No. 5,617,864

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POSITIONING AN ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER AND A DISPLAY SCREEN

Issued: April 8, 1997

Inventor: James R. Stouffer and Yujun Liu, Ithaca, NY; Steven K. Newman, Lansing, NY

Assignee: Animal Ultrasound Services, Ithaca, NY


The invention is a system for positioning an ultrasonic transducer where the user can see the positioning device and a display of the image being generated at the same time. This system solves the problem of the user having to look away from the transducer to see the image. The method comprises positioning a display screen to show the ultrasonic image being generated to the user such that the user can see the positioning of the transducer and the image on the display screen at the same time. To accomplish this the display screen can be incorporated into or mounted directly mounted onto the transducer housing. Once the user properly positions the transducer and is satisfied with the image, a image capture signal can be sent by the user. Once the image is captured it can be sent to an associated computer for analysis, printed or saved for archiving, etc.


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