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American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Annual Meeting 2018

“When to Replace my Ultrasound Transducer: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
G. Wayne Moore, B.Sc., MBA, FASE

I am very excited to be an invited lecturer, along with co-Authors Dr. Jim Zagzebski and Dr. Timothy Bigelow, at this year’s AIUM annual conference in New York City. This 90-minute session, held on Wednesday the 28th of March beginning at 10:30am, focuses on the various technical and clinical parameters of probe performance, probe testing and QA, and third-party repair of probes. Attendance educational credits are from both the AIUM and the American Board of Radiology. The session is in three parts as shown below.

  • Upon completion of this session, participants will:
    •  Describe methods for evaluating transducer performance which can be incorporated into routine quality control testing of ultrasound scanners;
    • Understand the role of detailed tests of transducers using sensitive electronic probe testers;
    • Define steps that assure best performance and maximum assurance of safety when using repaired ultrasound transducers.
  • Presentations:
    •  “Quality Control Assessments of Array Transducers Using Tissue Mimicking Phantoms,” Jim Zagzebski
    • “Practical tools for HTMs and clinical users for carrying out detailed assessments of ultrasound transducers.” G. Wayne Moore
    • “Recommendations when acquiring and using repaired ultrasound transducers.” Tim Bigelow

There are also three recommendations at the end of the presentations that provide guidance to both clinical users and HTMs on what to look for in a probe repair company before selecting them as a vendor. This presentation was borne and informed by the work efforts of AIUM’s technical and regulatory committees, various MITA Ultrasound Technical Committee members, and the FDA relating to the 3Rd Party Servicing Docket begun by the FDA nearly two years ago. If you cannot make the AIUM meeting but would like to see the presentations and the published paper regarding these issues, I will put them om the Acertara website after the AIUM.


Until next month,



About the Author, G. Wayne Moore:

A 30-year veteran of the diagnostic ultrasound market Wayne has held senior level positions with several major medical equipment manufacturers, including Honeywell Medical Systems and Siemens Medical Solutions. Wayne has been directly involved in the development and commercialization of more than 15 technologically intensive ultrasound systems. He is widely published in diagnostic ultrasound literature, a sought after speaker at medical imaging conferences, has served as an expert witness in multiple ultrasound litigations, and holds more than 16 United States ultrasound related patents. Wayne obtained his MBA from the University of Denver – Daniels College of Business.

He was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) in 2009.

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