Patent No. 5,316,003

Method And Apparatus For Positioning An Ultrasonic Transducer For Longitudinal Scanning Of An Animal Or Carcass

Issued: May 31, 1994

Inventor: James R. Stouffer, Ithaca, NY

Assignee: Animal Ultrasound Systems, Inc., Ithaca, NY

The transducer positioning apparatus is for positioning an ultrasonic transducer on an animal or carcass to be evaluated by ultrasonic detection equipment. The apparatus includes a support arm. A tail bone pin extends from the first end of the support arm and is for locating the transducer with respect to a tail region of the animal or carcass. A back position pin extends from the support arm and is for locating the transducer with respect to a backbone of the animal or carcass. A transducer support unit is included at the second end of the elongated support arm and is for positioning the transducer such that the transducer is parallel to the backbone. 

The method of positioning an ultrasonic transducer on an animal or carcass to be evaluated by ultrasonic detection equipment, is novel. The method comprises positioning the transducer over a last few ribs of the animal or carcass such that the transducer is parallel to a backbone of the animal or carcass and the transducer is not parallel to fat interfaces of the animal or carcass.


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