To make sure you can achieve the full potential, of your newly acquired Ultrasound – we have a great selection of ultrasound probes! As you probably know, the right probe is the key. That is why we want to offer you the best probes with your new ultrasound machine. If you are not fully aware of the probes needed, contact our experienced staff and explain your needs and usage. Then we will guide you all the way. Find our sales rep right here.
If you are looking specifically for cardiac probes, have a look at our wide range of cardiac probes from GE.
Types of Ultrasound Probes
The footprint size is large and the frequency high (7 – 18Mhz).
The shape of the beam is rectangular (see image) and the near field resolution good.
Typically used for superficial examinations of vascular, small parts, nerve, musculoskeletal, and breast.
Or curved probes. The footprint is large and the frequency low (2.5 – 5Mhz). The beam shape is convex (see image).
Good for in depth examinations, although the image resolution decreases when depth increases.
Typically used for abdominal, vascular, nerve, musculoskeletal and GYN/OBS exams.
There is a subtype called micro convex with a much smaller footprint, which is typically used in neonatal and paediatrics.
Also called sector probe. It has a small footprint and low frequency (2 – 8Mhz). It has a narrow beam point (see image), which can expand depending on the applied frequency. The beam shape is almost triangular and the near field resolution is poor.
Typically used for acoustic windows in the cranium or intercostal Spaces.
Another type of probe is the endocavitary, which provides the opportunity of performing internal examinations of the patient. Designed to fit in orifices for specific purposes. For instance endovaginal, endorectal, and endocavity. They typically have small footprints and the frequency vary in the middle range (3.5 – 11.5Mhz).
The transoesophageal probe produce images of the heart through the oesophagus. It also has a small footprint and a middle frequency (3 – 10Mhz)
In addition there is a number of probes that are designed for surgical use, like laparoscopic probes.
As mentioned above, the TEE probes can be applied for internal examinations, often applied in cardiology to obtain a better image of the heart. The transoesophageal probe produce images of the heart through the oesophagus. It also has a small footprint and a middle frequency (3 – 10Mhz). Moveable “head”
How Much Does an Ultrasound Probe Cost?
The price of a probe varies from type to type and depends on the condition. At LBN Medical, we have a fixed standard, which applies to each probe sold. We have a huge selection that includes both new, demo, and used probes. Furthermore we buy large bulk orders, which ensures that we have a probe for you within your budget.
Used Ultrasound Probes and their Condition
Good cosmetic condition with minor signs of normal usage
Fulfills the following:
– Good image quality
– White cable
– Clean connector
– Lens / strain / cable
– Without defect (no visible dent)
Signs of normal usage Fulfills the following:
– Lens ok (1 dent accepted)
– Fair cosmetic
Needs repair in either strain / lens / cable / housing cracks
Rule of Thumb When Buying Ultrasound Probes
When buying an ultrasound probe, there are some good advice to follow:
- Double check that the probe you want to buy is compatible with the system you have. You can use a probe guide, or ask our sales team.
- Low frequencies (between 2,5 and 7,5) gives a longer image distance, but lower image quality 3MHz = ca. 8 cm.
- Higher frequencies (above 7,5) gives a shorter image distance, but a better quality close to the surface (7,5MHz = 20 cm).
- A black line in the screen of the ultrasound system will most likely mean a dead crystal inside the probe.
- A shadow on the screen of the ultrasound system could imply a weak crystal inside the probe, which does not generate the necessary vibration.
See also: How to protect your ultrasound probes, and an explanation of common defects.