US 9,808,224 B2
Method and systems for a removable transducer with memory of an automated breast ultrasound system
Jiayu Chen, Palo Alto, CA (US); and Douglas G. Summers, Palo Alto, CA (US)
Assigned to General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY (US)
Filed by General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY (US)
Filed on Sep. 30, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/42,571.
Prior Publication US 2015/0094589 A1, Apr. 2, 2015
Int. Cl. A61B 8/00 (2006.01); A61B 8/08 (2006.01); G01S 15/89 (2006.01); G01S 7/52 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 8/4488 (2013.01) [A61B 8/0825 (2013.01); A61B 8/403 (2013.01); A61B 8/429 (2013.01); A61B 8/4218 (2013.01); A61B 8/4461 (2013.01); A61B 8/4494 (2013.01); A61B 8/483 (2013.01); A61B 8/546 (2013.01); G01S 7/5205 (2013.01); G01S 7/52079 (2013.01); G01S 7/52082 (2013.01); G01S 15/899 (2013.01); G01S 15/8993 (2013.01)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus for ultrasonically scanning a tissue sample, comprising:
an adjustable arm;
a scanning assembly attached to the adjustable arm, the scanning assembly comprising:
a housing configured to define an opening;
a module receiver including a motor for translating the module receiver across the opening of the housing; and
a transducer module adapted to be removably coupled with the module receiver, the transducer module comprising:
a plurality of transducer elements forming a transducer array;
a plurality of pressure sensors distributed across the transducer module;
a memory; and
a processor configured to receive output from the plurality of pressure sensors and execute non-transitory instructions stored in the memory for:
determining usage data of the transducer module based at least in part on pressure data, the pressure data based on the received output from the plurality of pressure sensors;
storing the determined usage data in the memory; and
sending a notification to a user to service the transducer module in response to determining the stored usage data meets a condition relative to a threshold.