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09-12-1997, 02:43 AM
Dear list members

A while ago I asked the list the following question:

A local medical ultrasonographyer has asked me if I have any information
about ergonomically designed ultrasound transducers.
Does anyone out there have any ideas on where to look for any
information/ideas, who to contact, about ergonomically designed

Thanks to everyone who responded.
I promised I would send a compilation of the responses, here it is:

Our experience with overuse syndrome, such as you describe, has lead us
to believe that most such problems have more to do with intrinsic
factors, i.e., tool use and technique, than equipment design. These
factors are generally overlooked in the research literature. I do not
know of any redesigned transducers; most of the ones I've seen in the US
tend to promote incorrect use. The so-called "required wrist movements"
are not obligatory, and other movements could be employed even with a
poorly designed tool.
Best regards,
Greg Dempster
Triangle Associates

You could contact enterprises involved with the development of
ultrasound equipment. I know of VingmedSound in Norway. I think they
have a homepage on the net (http://www.vingmed.no).
Furthermore, there is Sonotron in the Netherlands
e-mail: mail@sonotron.nl (although I thought it was
Maartje Kreykamp

Heneley International carries an ultrasound that allows you to use it
with the wrist in neutral. Sonoplus 434(Enrof Nonus).
Hope this is helpful.

Yvonne Bird
HRC Training Fellow
Injury Prevention Research Unit
University of Otago, PO BOX 913

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