Introduction to the Chison Q9: Ultrasound Training Series Part 1
November 14, 2014 by Brian Gill
Introduction and overview of the Chison Q9 Ultrasound Machine: Q9 Training Part 1 of 7
This video provides an important overview and tour of the Chison Q9 portable ultrasound machine. The training in this video provides a base for the seven videos in this knobology ultrasound training.
Although you can view each video in this series individually, there are some parts of the machine that are covered in the first and second training videos that will help make sense of the machine for you.
Links to all parts of the series can be found below the video. Links will be updated as the videos are posted.
Full Training on the Chison Q9
Part 1: Chison Q9 System Introduction & Overview
Part 2: 2D Imaging & Optimization
Part 3: Doppler & M-Mode
Part 4: Measurements & Annotations
Part 5: Review & Save Images
Part 6: Exam Review & Export
Part 7: System Customization
Bonus Chapter: 4D Imaging on the Chison Q9
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Transcript to the Chison Q9 Portable Ultrasound Video Training Series Part 1: Introduction
To get started with the Chison Q9, press the power button to get the machine booted up. When Q9 is booted and there is a transducer connected, it will come to this screen.
Technically, it’s ready to scan, but before we get started there’s a couple things that you want to do to A) get the exam started, and B) let’s get familiar with the ultrasound machine first. Let’s take a look around the machine to see how it’s designed. First, the interface is typically designed around your hand. Most ultrasound machines are done this way, where the most common controls that you use during scanning, what they think, are typically closest to this trackball.
This would kind of be your home set position. And then as you move around, all the things that you would use most commonly while you’re scanning, are closest to your hand here. And for other hard keys, you’ve already seen the power button, we have a zoom button here, patient, probe, this is END for end exam. You’ve got set up for utilities, your body mark, your annotations, delete, tissue Doppler imaging. Here’s a button to save [? sini ?]. Here’s a button to save frame.
This is for archiving and this is for your reports. We’ll go into each of these buttons more in detail as we get through the training. This is just kind of an overview of the entire interface and what you’ll be doing to use the system. Down below you have the print button. Around here you have your imaging modes, B mode, color, pulse wave Doppler, M mode.
We also see CW Doppler, color power angio, and tissue harmonics imaging. These are different imaging modes that would help you improve image quality, or just switch between modes during an exam. For each of one of these imaging mode buttons, such as B mode, it also works as a gain knob. To activate each control you would push it down, push down again to color, push down B to go back to B mode, same with pulse wave and M mode. Around your hand here you have your trackball, update, exit, arrow.
We’ll explain all of these in different portions of the training, but your basic measurements and calculations are here. You have a menu button here, and an enter right here for when you enter some text or a parameter. Along this line are controls that are typically used with Doppler. So like your baseline, [? while ?] filter, pulse repetition, frequency, steer, focus, depth, and your angle key here. All these are typically used in Doppler, but some of those functions are used, and they are active in other imaging modes.
Down this side here, if you have 4D on your machine, there would be a 4D live button here. AIO is automatic image optimization. Invert to flip your image, you have up, down, left, right, dual screen, quad screen, and your freeze key. Up here, you have your TGCs, and notice when I touch them, it will show the line up along the side to show the positions. And then it’ll go away after I let it go.
The standard keyboard along here, no hidden keys up that way. And up here you have your soft menu keys. These are common among ultrasounds today, particularly the portables, where instead of having a lot of hidden menus, you have these sub menus down here and these are controlled by each knob here.
In the manual they would be referred to as SK, such as soft key, soft key 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. So you could twist this to change the parameter, push it down to choose the top or lower. So as I push this I’ll change the frequency, but if I twist it I’m changing the dynamic range. Focus number, same thing, focus position, et cetera.
And again, we’ll get more into that as we get further in the training. Coming around the top, when we enter a patient’s patient information it will be up here. The name of the facility, the exam mode you’re in, you’re indices, the transducer, the date, the time, parameters about each mode. Right now this is in B mode, but– so these 2D parameters will show up here, where it shows the frequency frames per second, your dynamic range, your persistence, your gain, acoustic power, depth, and tissue harmonics.
And then as you add others, such as color or pulse wave Doppler, those will appear here as well. Down here you’ll have your clipboard for any images that you save. Along here you’ll have measurements that are saved, or possibly some menus.
This clipboard will show any images or [? Sini ?] loops that you saved. Down here, this is not a power or battery load, this is showing you how much is left in your hard drive space. So it’s a little confusing. This is your USB, if you have one active it will not have an x through it. This is your network activity, printer, your language, English, and your DICOM.
So you can actually see these by using this arrow key you can activate your arrow, you can click enter, and you can see there’s two hard drives here, and how much space is left on each hard drive. Same here, if I have anything connected USB, I would hit enter, and it would show up anything there, and that’s how I would eject them if I want to change my language, et cetera.