Sonora Medical Systems
The Nickel, a handheld ultrasound QA and test device from Sonora Medical Systems Inc, Longmont, Colo, senses acoustic pulses emitted by elements of an ultrasonic array probe and generates a return acoustic signal simulating a target. The sensor is an integral PVDF transducer designed for direct contact to the lens of the probe. The PVDF transducer assembly has a V-shaped plastic lens. The PVDF material is broadband and senses signals from any diagnostic imaging probe, notifying users on the LED display. The received signal is amplified and then compared to a fixed reference level. Crossing this signal-threshold level results in a digital signal that is sent to a complex programmable logic device, which starts an oscillator synchronous with the received pulse. (888) 476-6672;

Global Medical Imaging LLC
Global Medical Imaging LLC, Charlotte, NC, specializes in defining ultrasound solutions through a consultative sales approach. The company offers ultrasound equipment, comprehensive service contracts, and the technical expertise to support its customers’ needs. In addition to the vast inventory of parts and probes on hand for next-day delivery, Global Medical Imaging also offers comprehensive transducer repair services. The company has the ability to support all customer ultrasound needs. (800) 958-9986;

Conquest Imaging
With an experienced staff with more than 180 combined years of experience in the industry, Conquest Imaging, Stockton, Calif, is an affordable source for ultrasound parts, probes, and complete systems that strives to provide fast, knowledgeable, and efficient service. Conquest relies on the accuracy and stability of phantoms, leakage testers, and other test equipment to judge the performance of the diagnostic equipment it services. Conquest Imaging’s service and repair departments have mandated calibration and record-keeping policies that are compliant with FDA Guide to Inspections 21 CFR 820.72. Conquest’s commitment to quality, competitive pricing, 1-year warranty, and24/7 technical support allows customers to maximizethe availability of their diagnostic equipment. (866) 900-9404;

AIV Inc, Baltimore, offers a high-quality, cost-effective alternative for a hospital that wants to lower the cost of maintaining its fetal monitoring equipment with new ultrasound and tocodynamic fetal transducers. These transducers have received 510(k) clearance for marketing by the FDA. All new transducers come with a 1-year warranty.  AIV focuses heavily on supporting the hospital’s clinical engineering department, concentrating mainly on medical device repair and the sale of related parts and accessories, such as pulse oximeter adapter cables, power cords, AC adapters, and infusion-pump replacement parts. (800) 990-2911;