Measurements and Annotations: Chison ECO5 Training Part 4
November 18, 2015 by Brian Gill
Measurements and Comments: ECO 5 Training Part 4 of 6
The fourth installment of the Chison ECO 5 ultrasound training series discusses using the annotation libraries, measurements and calculations packages on the ECO 5. There are some shortcuts and features in this video that can help with your workflow.
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Links to all parts of the series can be found below the video:
Complete Chison ECO 5 Ultrasound Training Links:
Part 1: Chison ECO5 System Introduction and Tour
Part 2: ECO 5 2D Imaging
Part 3: Doppler and M-Mode on the Chison ECO 5
Part 4: Measurements and Annotations with the ECO 5
Part 5: Exporting and Reports on the ECO 5
Part 6: Chison ECO 5 System Setup and Customization
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Transcript to Adding Comments and Measurements on the Chison ECO 5 ultrasound machine:
To create annotations on the Chison ECO 5, we’re going to use the Annotations key. It looks like a pencil on a piece of paper here. Just going to press it and you’ll get a cursor here and a few things appear on screen.
First thing you can do is just simply start typing. And you can type whatever it is you like on there and just place it there. If you want to change it, scroll the trackball over it, hit Enter, and you can move it where you want on the screen and hit Enter again.
So just hover over, click and enter. Now note that when I started typing, some things already appeared up here. So these are preset libraries that you can customize on your own in the system set up which is a later video.
And you can have whatever you want appear. So even though I’m on a vascular, it’s going to the abdomen here and I can hit Change and keep going through and it’s going to give me different libraries of things that include this letter.
So if I type a different letter, like ‘a’, it’s going to give me various things that are available in that library and, again, I can hit Change to scroll on through them, or you can just sit there and just type whatever it is you want on your own and leave it there.
Down below here, we have some Quick Input text. You have six that you can place in there. In order to create these, you’re going to first hit the Edit key and type in. So I’m going to write test here. Now I’m going to click Done. So here it tells me what my Quick Input text is. In order to choose that,
I’m going here to Input, it will say Input one, two, three, four, five, six. I want to input text one so I’m just going to scroll to that spot and push up to get that input. If I want to move it again I can move it around like that. You can also adjust the font size to something else and all this can also be controlled as a default in the system setup screen.
This load home position and save home position means when I hit that I’m going to undo this annotation. When I hit this Annotation button, it’s always going to appear in the same place. If I want it to appear in a different spot, say over here, I would hit save home position And it will save it right there.
If I want to go back to the home position, I’m going to hit Load, and as soon as I move the trackball, it’ll appear right over in that position. For some reason it doesn’t go right when you hit Load Home position. I’ll just do that. But if I want to save that home position, I’ll hit Save and then when I hit load it will go to the spot that I want.
To delete those comments, I’m just going to go ahead and hit the Delete key twice and it will delete all the comments on the screen. I’ll hit the Annotation button again to clear those annotations.
There’s also an arrow pointer I can use. Just by pushing it down, it appears, and I can use the trackball to scroll it around and I could also use the angle to change the direction of that arrow. To save it I hit Enter. Save another one. Notice that this four-way arrow appears. That means that when I scroll over it, I can hit the Enter key and move that arrow again. And again, I could change the position or the direction of that arrow pointer and hit Enter again.
If I want to just get rid of that four-way arrow and I don’t want anymore, I hit arrow and it goes away. Now if I didn’t hit Set, it’s not going to appear up on the saved image, so make sure you hit Set and that it changes color so you know it’s there. To clear them, I’m going to hit the Delete key.
Now when I want to take a measurement, there’s a few different ways you could take measurements. We’ll start with just the very basic measurement. First we need a frozen image. And one way to tell you have a frozen image is that you have this 256 that will show you the frames here and there’s a little snowflake down there. That means that your image is frozen.
Next we’re going to pick a measurement. First we’ll just choose the standard dissonance, or trace measurement, and we’ll show you calcs in just a moment. For distance, I can just push down and it’s going to give me a cursor up here. Very simple. I can just hit 0.1 and then scroll to 0.2 and hit Enter.
But if I don’t like where I placed 0.1, I’m going to hit the Update key and it’s going to go back and forth and allow me to change that position. And I go back and forth with the Update key to adjust that position and when I like where it is, I just hit Enter and it shows me the results box there.
Again, note there’s a bunch of items down here as well. This Move Result means I can just adjust the plot placement of this result box just by pushing it and moving the trackball. I’m going to go ahead and end that and so now I’ve got my cursor back up there again.
Right now it’s saying, if I want a distance, what type of distance measurement do I want and you can scroll through these. You want to find an angle, a ratio, your standard distance. For Area, do I want a trace, ratio, or ellipse.
And if I want an ellipse, I’m going to start and I’m going to hit Enter and it’s going to give me this circle here. And again, I can hit Enter again and get that second portion. If I hit the Update key, it’s going to basically start all over. And I could first hit the Update to go back and forth, and then I would hit the Enter key to scroll the width of the oval, and then Enter again and then it’s going to save that.
So one thing to note on that, well first, I can hit either Distance or Trace to get there. So I chose the area in ellipse measurement by choosing that over here, and hit Enter for the first, and I can change. But if I enter and adjust this and then I hit Update again, it’s going to go back to that full circle.
That may change in a later version, I’m not sure, but that’s the way it works right now. So first get your two points, then hit Enter, and then you’re going to want to adjust the width of your ellipse. Go ahead and clear those.
Now if I want to see a trace measurement, I’m going to hit the Trace, I’m going to hit Enter and I can scroll around here. Now if I don’t like the trace that I did and I think it’s terrible, I want to redo it, I hit the Update key and it will back up and I can continue to make that trace. And if I want update, back up again, and then when I want to close the loop, I can just hit Enter and there’s a beautiful trace right there. Go ahead and delete that.
Now for calculations, I’m going to unfreeze that, you’re going to hit the Calc button. And up here it shows my vascular calculations, because I chose vascular preset. Again, that can be changed and using this trackball here, it says trackball Select Item, and I can select whatever it is that I want to measure and this kind of a measurement will go to the report.
And I save that and my measurement is saved right there. Note that if I want to take a measurement on a previous, I still have this [INAUDIBLE] loop review down here and I can scroll back through to a different point and make a measurement on that as well. Then when I want to remove those, I just hit the Delete key, I can hit Exit to get rid of that menu.
It’s very similar for the Doppler calculations. The Doppler, I’m going to go ahead and update. OK. And then I can hit Calc right here and now it has all my vascular calculations here and I can choose whatever I want and there’s auto trace functions in there.
Obviously, this is just for demonstration so we’re not getting a real good Doppler signal to do that. But any measurement you make in here will be what goes to the report. So with this auto calc, and I made a mess of it, but I’m choosing my starting and endpoint right here. And notice the auto trace follows it along and it’s got all these numbers here which will go onto my report.