Using your XTC/Curve For Multiple Species

The ReproScan XTC and BoviScan Curve were designed for use on cattle, but they can be used for other applications. They can both be used for equine, small ruminants, and small animal work. Adjusting a few settings can make the image a lot better for these uses.

Equine: Exam C (shallower)

If you are doing any equine (early stages), you want to have a shallower exam with higher frequency to get the most detailing out of your probe. Therefore, increasing your frequency and decreasing your focus will offer a slightly improved ultrasound image. Changing your frame rate to 2 will also improve the image quality just a touch.

(I don’t recommend this for bovine use as you will have a slight lag because the machine is processing more data. Also, I personally prefer a slightly darker image so I can see more shades of grey, so I like my IP at 3 whenever possible.)

Small ruminants:

Small ruminants can vary quite a bit in size and structure, so it is hard to make an exact recommendation. One trick is to increase your frame rate for a more detailed image. You can adjust the frequency, depth, and IP to find what gives you the best image for the animal you are scanning or call us with questions. (On an XTC there are times I will want the frequency at 5 and other times I am at 2.5. Typically, I want to be zoomed at at least 18-22cm deep to have a larger viewing window.)

Small animal:

As I mentioned earlier, the XTC and the Curve are really designed for cattle work, but with a bit of changing of the settings it is possible to examine small animals. (Just know it’s not the fancy console unit). Small animals have even more variation than small ruminants in their size and what you are examining can vary from surface level to deep in the abdomen, so understanding the design and limitations of your machine can help you get the right viewing window.

You can start by Increasing the frame rate to 2 or 3 (remember slight lag, but will offer better detail), but adjusting the frequency (higher for shallow and lower for deeper), depth (zoom in for shallower and out for deeper) and focus (lower focus for shallower exams, higher for deeper) will help significantly improve your image. Dynamic is basically your contrast, so if you want the whites a bit brighter lower the contrast.