Ultrasound transducers are inevitably the weak link in an ultrasound system. As well as natural degeneration through usage, probes are highly sensitive and easily damaged. Knocks, drops and general heavy-handedness can impact sensitive crystals and connectors but damage can be even more subtle. The type of gel used or how it is cleaned can also negatively impact the performance. (Tip: use specialist wipes not paper towels)
35% of all tested ultrasound probes show defects when tested. The extent of the defect will determine if the probe should be taken out of operation for immediate repair, scheduled for later repair or left to be re-monitored at a later date.
The test system FirstCall reveals any early changes in your probes that may be cost-effectively repaired before the probe fails or requires repairs of a greater expense.