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What’s In a Warranty?

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Do you have a smartphone?  According to the Pew Research Center, over 75% of Americans own a smartphone, and more than 45% will damage their phones within the first 10 weeks of ownership.  It’s a good thing you took the insurance on the phone.  But here’s the real question – did you take the service agreement on your ultrasound machine?

If your practice has an ultrasound machine, there’s a good chance it’s a consistent source of both patient care, and revenue.  At USC, it’s our mission to keep your equipment running at peak performance.  And if repairs are needed, you want skilled technicians that know the difference between needing repairs, or needing replacements.  You want ultrasound consultants that will steer you in the direction of making long term investments profitable for you, while providing your patients the care they deserve.

In the days of lowering reimbursements and rising manufacturer costs, every practice needs its dollar to stretch as far as possible.  USC does this for their customers through customized service agreements.  Our billable services are already 20-30% less than OEM costs.  However, when we put your needs into an annual service agreement, that’s truly where piece of mind and cost savings marry.

We start with preventative maintenance – why?  Ever hear the expression, “it’s better to be proactive than reactive”?  Or, “it’s easier to prevent a fire than it is to fight one”?  These statements are cliché for a very good reason.  Every person who’s ever been on the telling end of these tales, has found themselves spending way more than their budget intended.  Our 25 point preventative maintenance inspections will not only clean your system inside and out, but will help us to catch an issue in it’s infancy while it’s still repairable, before it becomes a replaceable problem. 

PM’s lead us into ultrasound probe repair.  USC has a probe repair depot for the repairs of lens’ and strain reliefs.  The average replacement probe is between three and five thousand dollars.  However, the most common issues that lead to these replacements are wear and tear on the lens and strain relief.  During our PM’s, we inspect the probes for these issues.  If we find cosmetic damage, we can repair them for a fraction of what a replacement will cost.  This saves you both time and money.

Additionally, we can include all of your travel and labor in one low, convenient payment through our service agreements.  Call us as often as you need within the annual period.  As long as your repairs do not require a replacement, you’ll never pay a dime in travel or labor fees no matter how long the job takes. 

Lastly, on most makes and models we can provide full, comprehensive coverage for true piece of mind.  Our full service packages include loaner equipment in the case of a hard failure, all of your probe repairs, travel, labor and parts.  Have a portable machine that needs service, but you’re out of state?  You can ship your system to us and we’ll perform depot repairs at our facility here in Islandia, NY. 

An extended service agreement with USC can be purchased on its own, or with the purchase of new or refurbished equipment.  Either way, you and your equipment deserve the best service from a plan tailored to your needs and budget.  Call us today to schedule a free consultation!

 

USC Achieves ISO 13485:2016 Certification

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Ultrasound Solutions Corp. (USC) achieves ISO 13485:2016 Certification.

Ultrasound Solutions Corp (USC), a leader in multi-vendor ultrasound machine sales and service, is pleased to announce that it has achieved certification for the 2016 revision of the ISO 13485 standard. ISO 13485:2016 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to provide medical devices and related services that consistently meet customer and applicable regulatory requirements. This certification follows USC’s recent nationwide expansion and strengthens its position as a premier ultrasound service provider.

“Achieving this certification is a major milestone for USC. We are looking forward to raising the bar of our quality system and continuing to provide our customers with exceptional service as we continue our expansion”, said Nat Romeo, President and CEO of USC.

Ultrasound Solutions Corp specializes in diagnostic ultrasound equipment service, maintenance and sales. With over 20 years of experience, USC repair technicians are factory trained by OEM partners and experienced on all major ultrasound brands and systems, including portable ultrasound systems, ultrasound probes and other ultrasound parts.

Ultrasound Solutions Corp.
3180 Express Dr. South
Islandia, NY 11749

Phone: (800) 773-4582

USC Ultrasound National Expansion

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USC Ultrasound is expanding nationwide, offering expert ultrasound services and support.

With more than 20 years of experience, USC Ultrasound knows ultrasound system technology inside and out. USC can save you a great deal of time and money in selecting your next system or servicing your existing one.

USC is now taking this vast experience beyond their regional Northeast coverage, and expanding nationally.

The rollout to becoming a national company starts now, initially targeting California, Florida, Ohio, and then everywhere in the U.S.

Once the rollout is complete, USC will be able to offer a 24-hour response time for ultrasound equipment service, and ultrafast turnaround on new equipment purchases.

USC has always put the customer first, and this expansion only helps to strengthen that commitment to customer satisfaction.

USC Ultrasound – New and Refurbished Ultrasound Systems

If the cost of new diagnostic ultrasound equipment has been a barrier for your practice, then now is the time for you to get in touch with USC for a look at options that will fit your budget and most certainly your imaging expectations. If you’re ready to upgrade your ultrasound equipment to a newer, higher resolution platform, let USC assist you with your purchase. All sales inquiries are reviewed by an experienced medical imaging technologist in order to help you select the system that best suits your practice and your budget.

New Equipment (OEM Partners): Esaote North America, Supersonic Imagine, Mindray ZONARE

Ultrasound Equipment Repair Service by Highly Skilled Experts

USC services and repairs all major brands and models of diagnostic ultrasound equipment. USC field engineers are all factory-trained ultrasound specialists who are ready, willing and able to resolve any issues you may be facing with your system.

Ultrasound Solutions Corp.
3180 Express Dr. South
Islandia, NY 11749

Phone: (800) 773-4582

Making a Sound Investment: Ultrasound Guided Injections vs. Free Hand & Fluoroscopy

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Sports medicine facilities, pain management centers, podiatrists, chiropractors…what do all of these, and many other medical specialties have in common? Injections.

In the past, injections were always carried out either blind or guided by fluoroscopy. However, within the past few years, sonography has been offering an interesting alternative. The use of ultrasound gives you the ability to continuously visualize the needle tip for procedural accuracy and safety.

Aside from the obvious advantage of a billable procedure adding to a physician’s revenue stream, ultrasound guided injections are a relatively inexpensive technique, without exposing the patient to radiation. Thanks to high frequency transducers, there’s been a great deal of technical progress and performance improvements to both diagnosis and treatment. Ultrasound gives physicians the ability to visualize and inject without effusion, and without contrast. This real-time visualization allows the avoidance of unnecessary damages to arteries, nerves, vessels and other structures.

Portable and affordable, the equipment provided by USC has accelerated interest in the use of ultrasound guidance. Blind injections on a correctly identified target still present the challenge of placement on the optimal site. The smaller and deeper the target, the greater the challenge and potential usefulness adding ultrasound to any physicians current skill set.

Ultrasound guidance of injections leads to almost optimum precision and safety without the use of ionizing radiation, the risk of allergy to iodine-based contrast media, and blind injection error. Our customers using ultrasound guidance see a 90% or better success rate with their injections, avoiding unnecessary damage and keeping the procedure as minimally invasive as possible – which keeps the patients happy! This technique will hold an increasingly important role in the arsenal of treatments for pain and disease for any physician during the lifetime of their practice.

USC: A Call to Action

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The call to action for Ultrasound Solutions Corp. is to fill the dire need for “customer-centric” service. Why is the need dire? What does it mean for our customers?

We are a family oriented company. Take a moment and think about the best customer service you’ve ever received. How did that person make you feel? The best service comes from the people who treat you like family. And in the days of rising manufacturer costs, falling reimbursements and sky rocketing insurance premiums – medical facilities are constantly forced to produce more, with less. So the trend we’re seeing is physicians foregoing paying for anything that doesn’t feel immediately tangible – that being ultrasound maintenance and upkeep.

What if we could change the narrative? What if we would offer a level of service that made every customer, feel like our only customer? What if we could show medical facilities that excellent service, doesn’t have to break the bank? What if we could show physicians that a 24 hour response time doesn’t mean the difference between protecting their investment, and throwing caution to the wind?

USC is positioned to put an end to lost reimbursements, as well as an end to the drudgery of rescheduling a day’s worth of patients. We are the beginning of creating relationships that feel like family, not business deals that feel like a trip to the auto mechanic. Customer-centric means providing field service engineers who communicate on a personal level. It’s a conversation that asks you what YOU need. It means customized service agreements that fit YOUR budget. It’s the expertise of knowing when it’s time to repair, and when it’s time to replace.

The call to action for USC is to provide medical professionals with a consultant for diagnostic ultrasound imaging. The most successful people in the world have confidants they know and trust to make sound decisions with their investments. We are those consultants…we are USC.

Ultrasound 101

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is sound waves with frequencies higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing, which is approximately 20 kilohertz (20,000 hertz) in healthy, young adults. Ultrasound devices operate with frequencies from 20 kHz up to several gigahertz.

Ultrasound is used in many different fields. Ultrasonic devices are used to detect objects and measure distances. Ultrasound imaging or sonography is often used in medicine. In the nondestructive testing of products and structures, ultrasound is used to detect invisible flaws. Industrially, ultrasound is used for cleaning, mixing, and to accelerate chemical processes. Animals such as bats and porpoises use ultrasound for locating prey and obstacles. Scientists are also studying ultrasound using graphene diaphragms as a method of communication.

History

Acoustics, the science of sound, starts as far back as Pythagoras in the 6th century BC, who wrote on the mathematical properties of stringed instruments. Echolocation in bats was discovered by Lazzaro Spallanzani in 1794, when he demonstrated that bats hunted and navigated by inaudible sound and not vision. Francis Galton in 1893 invented the Galton whistle, an adjustable whistle which produced ultrasound, which he used to measure the hearing range of humans and other animals, demonstrating that many animals could hear sounds above the hearing range of humans. The first technological application of ultrasound was an attempt to detect submarines by Paul Langevin in 1917. The piezoelectric effect, discovered by Jacques and Pierre Curie in 1880, was useful in transducers to generate and detect ultrasonic waves in air and water.

Definition

Ultrasound is defined by the American National Standards Institute as “sound at frequencies greater than 20 kHz.” In air at atmospheric pressure ultrasonic waves have wavelengths of 1.9 cm or less.


Approximate frequency ranges corresponding to ultrasound, with rough guide of some applications

Artificial Intelligence Is Putting Ultrasound on Your Phone

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“If Jonathan Rothberg has a superpower, it’s cramming million-dollar, mainframe-sized machines onto single semiconductor circuit boards. The entrepreneurial engineer got famous (and rich) inventing the world’s first DNA sequencer on a chip. And he’s spent the last eight years sinking that expertise (and sizeable startup capital) into a new venture: making your smartphone screen a window into the human body.

Last month, Rothberg’s startup Butterfly Network unveiled the iQ, a cheap, handheld ultrasound tool that plugs right into an iPhone’s lightning jack. You don’t have to be a technician to use one—its machine learning algorithms guide the user to find what they might be looking for. With FDA clearance for 13 clinical applications, including obstetric exams, musculoskeletal checks, and cardiac scans, Rothberg says the new device is poised to disrupt and democratize the medical imaging industry in the same way the Ion Torrent, his DNA sequencer, once made inroadsagainst genomics giant Illumina.

So how did a guy who floats around the Connecticut coast on a $40 million yacht named Gene Machine miniaturize ultrasound devices to the size of a postage stamp? It starts with a search for the beginnings of the universe.” …

… Continue reading: https://www.wired.com/story/artificial-intelligence-is-putting-ultrasound-on-your-phone/

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Need to Replace or Upgrade Your Ultrasound Equipment?

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If the cost of a new ultrasound system has been a barrier for your practice, then now is the time for you to get in touch with Ultrasound Solutions Corp (USC) for a look at options that will fit your budget and most certainly your imaging expectations. If you’re ready to upgrade your ultrasound system to a newer, higher resolution platform, let USC assist you with your purchase. All sales inquiries are reviewed by an experienced team of industry experts in order to help you select the system that best suits your practice and your budget.

USC is an authorized service provider for Supersonic Imagine, Esaote North America and Mindray ZONARE.

Esaote North America: The full line of ultrasound systems from Esaote North America are designed to meet the demands of real-world scanning environments. Whether for private practice, mobile services, hospitals or clinics, their multi-specialty systems offer outstanding image quality and advanced diagnostic capabilities for more confident diagnoses.

Supersonic Imagine: Conventional ultrasound can be insufficient when it comes to, among other limitations, noise content, resolution, optimization and acquisition rates, leaving you with inconclusive information to make your diagnosis. The Aixplorer® is a premium ultrasound system leveraging the unique UltraFast™ technology that is the foundation of several innovations which have changed the paradigm of ultrasound imaging: ShearWave™ Elastography (SWE™), UltraFast™ Doppler, Angio PL.U.S – Planewave UltraSensitive™ Imaging, TriVu, and now Needle PL.U.S.

Mindray ZONARE: ZONARE has been solely dedicated to mindray ultrasound excellence through its next generation, software-based ZONE Sonography Technology (ZST). This innovative technology provides the platform for the company’s Living Technology – a constantly evolving architecture to meet the changing imaging needs of the clinician. ZONARE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mindray, a leading global provider of medical devices and solutions.

Learn more: http://www.uscultrasound.com/equipment.html

* For more information on USC, contact us at info@uscultrasound.com

Extend the Life of Your Ultrasound Equipment

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Ultrasound equipment is sophisticated, and thus expensive. Extending its life makes sense.

Ultrasound Solutions Corp (USC) provides annual service agreements for servicing and maintaining your ultrasound equipment, keeping it in tip-top shape for the longest time possible, ultimately saving you time and money. Several levels of service coverage are offered, including plans that may be tailored to your facility. All service agreement levels meet AIUM and ICAEL accreditation standards and guidelines. And as a paperless company, all service reports generated on your behalf are done electronically which helps you make file archive and documentation easier to handle.

USC services and repairs all major brands and models of diagnostic ultrasound equipment. USC field engineers are all factory-trained ultrasound specialists who are ready, willing and able to resolve any ultrasound system issues you may be facing.

USC is an authorized service provider for Supersonic Imagine, Esaote North America and Mindray ZONARE.

* For more information on USC, contact us at info@uscultrasound.com