Not a week goes by where we don’t hear the words, “my system is intermittently locking up,” or “freezing and I can’t do anything.” Nothing is more frustrating to an end user than when they have a patient on the table and the ultrasound machine locks up for no reason. Depending on the nature of the lock up, the sonographer may have to reboot the system. This is a huge inconvenience for not only the customer and the patient on the table, but also the line of patients waiting for their delayed appointment to be scanned.
This symptom is quite common and the root cause of the problem can originate from multiple areas within the ultrasound machine. It’s time to play detective. The key here is to interview the customer thoroughly to help lead you in the direction that will most likely resolve the problem.
Key questions to ask:
There are other factors to consider as well. This could be heat related. Check and clean all fan filters and filter trays. Check the back-end processors for dust build up on the microprocessor fans. Clean and reseat all the circuit boards in the back-end. It is also a good idea to open the front-end of the system and blow out the card cage with air and reseat the boards. This will insure that there is proper ventilation and secure connections in the card cages.
As important as it is to ask the right questions, it’s even more important to listen and pay attention to what the customer is telling you.
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Doug Keenen has over 27 years’ experience in the ultrasound industry in sales and service with 17 of those years in the multivendor ultrasound market. He is currently a field service engineer for Conquest Imaging and is responsible for ultrasound service and sales in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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