AME has been involved in the used and refurbished ultrasound industry for nearly twenty years. As time has progressed, we’ve come to understand and appreciate certain advantages and disadvantages that result from purchasing such equipment. As a company that prioritizes our customers above all else, this blog post is dedicated to you – to help expand your knowledge in an industry that we’ve been involved in for two decades.
There is always a question, particularly in the world of used medical equipment, of safety for diagnosticians and patients. At AME, we’re aware of your concerns and are here to provide some information to put your mind at ease.
Used Ultrasound Machines:
Ultrasound machines are not dangerous to people in any way, shape or form. They are essentially computers that are designed to read and process sound waves and translate those waves into images. Other features that the machines have include patient menus and journals and options to translate the sound waves into different types of images (including Doppler, 3D, M-Mode and Stress). Just as there is little to no concern for using an average laptop or desktop computer, the ultrasound machine itself is completely innocuous.
Used Ultrasound Probes:
Unfortunately, many people don’t understand how ultrasound transducers work, and become fearful of receiving an ultrasound scan. The truth is that unlike an X-Ray or other types of medical devices, ultrasound probes are completely harmless. They function by emitting benign sound waves that are so high pitched that the human ear cannot register it. These sound waves penetrate the body and bounce off of whatever structure it comes in “contact” with. The echo is sent back, and subsequently translated by the ultrasound machine into an image. The process is nearly instantaneous, and while the ultrasound images may take some time to decipher and diagnose, the actual ultrasound probes pose no threat to patient safety.