What is probe tuning? How long does it take? Who does it?

Probe tuning describes the process of optimizing the image or data  output quality for any given probe connected to the  Cephasonics system. This process is often called "Probe integration" as well. There are many  parameters (such as Tx Frequency, TGC, TFC, Tx voltage, etc.) that can be adjusted and saved as presets. Probe tuning requires great skill, combining ultrasound physics and understing probe characteristics as well as the imager's capabilities, and, most importantly, the many dependencies between the various parameters involved. Clinical sonographical experience is needed as well for tuning in-vivo as opposed to using phantoms. Traditional ultrasound companies use a team made up of a sonographer and engineer for this task, and budget up to four man months per probe. Our customers are responsible for this integration, but the Cephasonics Professional Services Group (CPSG) is available on a consultation basis to work with our clients.

Note: this process is different from (although can be related to) applying and tuning various image enhancing engines such as those for speckle reduction.