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J Med Ultrason (2001). 2011 Apr;38(2):97-100. doi: 10.1007/s10396-010-0296-1. Epub 2010 Dec 23.

Degradation of ultrasound probes caused by disinfection with alcohol.

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1
Department of Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Jichi Medical University School of Medicine, 3311-1 Yakushiji, Shimotsuke, Tochigi, 329-0498, Japan. koichan@jichi.ac.jp.
2
Department of Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Jichi Medical University School of Medicine, 3311-1 Yakushiji, Shimotsuke, Tochigi, 329-0498, Japan.

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:

Alcohol; Degradation; Disinfection; Probe

PMID:
27278425
DOI:
10.1007/s10396-010-0296-1

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