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Journal of Medical Ultrasonics

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 97–100 | Cite as

Degradation of ultrasound probes caused by disinfection with alcohol

  • Harumi KoibuchiEmail author
  • Yasutomo Fujii
  • Kazuhiko Kotani
  • Kei Konno
  • Hiroaki Matsunaga
  • Michiaki Miyamoto
  • Nobuyuki Taniguchi
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to clarify the degree of degradation of ultrasonic probes that results from their disinfection with alcohol. No defect in the ultrasound beams was found in any of the probes, but a significant decrease of the brightness was found after a certain period of use of the linear-type probe. Disinfection with alcohol may degrade ultrasound probes despite its high degree of effectiveness in preventing iatrogenic bacterial transmission.

Keywords

Probe Disinfection Alcohol Degradation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was supported by the Foundation for the Promotion of Quality Assurance. The linear- and convex-type probes used in the present study were manufactured by Aloka Co., Ltd.

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© The Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harumi Koibuchi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yasutomo Fujii
    • 1
  • Kazuhiko Kotani
    • 1
  • Kei Konno
    • 1
  • Hiroaki Matsunaga
    • 1
  • Michiaki Miyamoto
    • 1
  • Nobuyuki Taniguchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Laboratory MedicineJichi Medical University School of MedicineShimotsukeJapan

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