ULTRASOUND PROBE HEAD SAFETY APPARATUS
Publication Date: 2015-Dec-23
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An apparatus for preventing damage to an ultrasound probe that may be caused due to unintended drop by a user during scanning and movement is disclosed. The apparatus is attached externally onto the ultrasound probe such that there is no modification to an existing probe design. The apparatus has a self retracting mechanism, wherein the apparatus retracts into a protection mode when the probe falls from the hand of the user. During scanning, the user flips the flap from a resting position such that the flap aligns parallel to the body of the probe. In such a position, a protector ring is pulled down and probe lens is exposed for scanning. In case the probe drops from the hand of the user, the flap is released on both sides of the probe and a spring action brings the flap and, consequently the protector ring into the protection mode.