Preparing and Beginning an Exam with the GE Venue 40: Ultrasound Training Part 4
February 3, 2014 by Brian Gill
GE Venue 40 Ultrasound Training Part 4 of 8: Starting an Exam
Starting an exam with the GE Venue 40 Point-of-Care ultrasound machine is not as easy as it seems. While it may appear to be straightforward, there are some tricky parts that confuse most people once they start another exam or reboot the system. Some of the items here are very important parts of training on the Venue 40. The user manual doesn’t necessarily cover all that’s involved in starting an exam and dealing with Patient Information on the Venue 40. This is more of what you’d learn in on-site applications training on this bedside ultrasound machine.
Also included in this section on getting through an exam is how to find the patient archive and recall previous exams and previous patients.
Links to other parts of this training series are found below the video. For a complete listing of all our free training videos, check out our Ultrasound Equipment Training page.
Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Venue 40 System Tour
Part 3: Venue 40 User Interface and Controls
Part 4: Starting an Exam
Part 5: Venue 40 System Setup, Customization, and Utilities
Part 6: Imaging with the Venue 40
Part 7: Measurements and Annotations with the Venue 40
Part 8: Saving and Exporting Images on the Venue 40
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Transcript to starting an exam with the GE Venue 40:
So let’s go on to starting an exam and selecting your application on the GE Venue 40. I’m going to go over here, and I can click on the patient in any number of ways. And it’s going to set this up. Now, it’s a little tricky, because this dialog box window is always going to show up as blank, making you think that you’re going to enter a new patient ID.
If you already have a patient selected, you can skip this and move on. Right now, I’m just going to plug in a test name– T-E-S-T. And then I can select Auto ID. If you don’t use patient identification numbers and IDs in your office, you can select Auto ID. It will fill it in automatically.
So now, we have TEST and our patient ID here that shows the year, the date, the time that patient began. It will be a unique ID every time. Next, we select which application we’re going to do– Pleural, Interventional, MSK, Anesthesia, and Vascular. These are all underneath this MSK setting, which I started in the beginning, where it booted up to the MSK.
We can change that as well. We can clickup here on the patient again. And notice when I clicked it the second time, we lost all that patient ID. Don’t worry. It says TEST, and that remains in there.
The only time that’s going to change, is if I reboot the system or I enter a new patientID. There really isn’t an end exam here. It’s just going to let you type in a new ID. And that’s going to start a new patient exam.
Now, if I want to select Application, it’s going to reboot the system. And I’ll show you that in just a minute. Let’s get through this. We have our archive, where I can show previous patient information, I can select that patient, and I can resume the patient, I can review the images with thatpatient.
Currently, if I go here to this, I could seethe images that I took in a previous exam.I can review those images by pressingReview. I can use the search to search fora patient if this screen has more on it. Or Ican also resume this exam, because Itook it earlier today.
Just selecting this here will let me sortthrough as these are here. I can use thisor this to sort through and find thatprevious exam. I’m going to go to the one Ijust created, and I’m going to clickResume.
So now it goes to the imaging screen. Butagain, let’s say I didn’t want to go withthese MSK settings. Say I was doing avascular access. Go up top and selectPatient. It’s going to give me thisapplication.
And this is where it’s a little confusing.Application will tell you exactly what youcan get within this MSK. When it bootedup, it said it was at the musculoskeletal.There’s two different Application settings.If I just stick with that MSK it booted to, I’mnot going to get as many of those coloredDoppler features.
I’m going to go here to Utility and say I’mgoing to use the same one each time.Here I want to choose the package. I’llselect Package, and it’s going to sayVascular, Anesthesia, Point of Care, MSK,or Interventional. So here’s what I wouldchoose for whatever I’m going to do mostof the time.
You can always change it, but each timeyou change the package on the system,it’s going to reboot the system. So if Ichange to Vascular here, it’s going to say,please restart system to initiate theVascular package. I’m going to go aheadand do that now. You’ll see how the menuschange down below.
So I powered down the system to rebootit. And here, as it boots, now it saysVascular Access. That is the overallpackage that’s going to be running when Iget that patient ID. So I’ve rebooted. It lostthat No Patient Selected.
So let’s say I want to resume that exam.I’m going to go ahead and click Patientdown here. I’m going to go to Archive. AndI’m going to reselect this patient, test, andhit Resume.
So now, it’s set the General Vascularsetting. And notice down here, it saysPatient Color, instead of PDI, which it wassaid at before. We have our AutoOptimization and our needle guide. Now,let’s say we want a different Vascular inhere.
I’m going to go ahead and hit the Presetagain. Now, I select Application. Yes, Iunderstand, it’s a little confusing. We’regoing to go ahead and hit Application.
Now, it gives me those same settingswithin this Vascular package. We’re goingto go ahead and we’ll choose Anesthesia.And here we go.
Now we have the patient information, thepatient ID, and it’s set in Anaesthesiasetting. And these settings are set to beoptimized for the type of exam you’regoing to be doing. For anesthesia, itassumes you’re going to be doing ashallow and a high resolution, with a focusup in the near field.