ACUSON Sequoia with low pressure DAX transducer
Why Reducing Transducer Pressure is a Key to Preventing Sonographer Injury
What if there was an ultrasound system that required less force while penetrating deeper? This would enable sonographers to scan bariatric patients ergonomically!
Patient obesity is a growing concern for clinicians. Not only can it compromise the diagnostic quality of ultrasound imaging, it can also put the safety of sonographers at risk. According to a recent publication, patient obesity is reported as the most significant barrier to practicing ergonomic scanning technique. Partially as a result of scanning on an increasingly more technically challenging patient population, up to 90% of sonographers experience symptoms of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRSMDs).1 An injured sonographer can be detrimental to institutions and clinics facing financial strain and lack of workforce readiness due to COVID-19.
The ACUSON Sequoia ultrasound system powers the patented and industry-exclusive DAX (Deep Abdominal Transducer), enabling unprecedented imaging throughout 40 cm depth through an advanced form of Multi-D beam formation. According to an ergonomic assessment by Sound Ergonomics, the DAX Transducer requires approximately 70% less force compared to a conventional abdominal transducer on a large model patient.2
By reducing the required transducer pressure, we have improved the ergonomics of a technically difficult scan that is beneficial to both sonographer and patient.
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Data on File — (The force exerted with the 5C1 transducer was an average of 4.5N or 1.01 pound-force (pounds of force). The force exerted with the DAX transducer was an average of 1.3N or 0.3 pound-force (pound of force).
Compared to ACUSON S3000 ultrasound system