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Never Before Seen Pricing On The Ibex Portable Ultrasound Systems Ends Today!

Posted by Jim Turner on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 09:37 AM

AspenTreesSeptember is nearly a memory now being the last day of the month. It reminds of song lyrics from The Brothers Four in "Try To Remember":

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow.

The song reminds me of slower times but that has not been the case this year.  September has been exceptionally busy here at E.I. Medical Imaging. As I look back on the month it has been a very busy month.  This was my first Summer here and as we enter into Fall it has not been uneventful with learning all about a new company, the flooding we have had in Colorado, we have had some exciting times at the AABP show in Milwaukee. More specifically, we launched our latest campaign on special pricing for our Ibex Portable Ultrasound Systems on September 1. The special pricing and packages have been going on for the month and those specials proved to many to be the best deals ever seen here at our company. We have been busy filling orders and taking calls and providing information. In fact, if you are reading this on September 30, 2013, you have until the end of the day to make an order! The sale pricing will come to an end today and like the Fall season here in Colorado we get to enjoy the explosive colors of our trees turning in the mountains but it too has to come to an end.

Looking ahead to October, we have National Pork Month and we are running a special for all you swine veterinarians and producers.  We have a a deal for you to upgrade your Bantams or other systems to a new Ibex® Lite package. Contact us to see how you can get into the October Pork Special.

I hope you too have had a great September and I hope you remember when the grass was green, the grain yellow and I hope your harvest is plentiful!

Photo Courtesy of:  "Mike" Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com "Aspen Tree Fall Yellow Color off Conway Summit"

Tags: Swine Ultrasound, Bovine ultrasound, ultrasound training, Veterinary Business, veterinary portable ultrasound, portable veterinary ultrasound, portable bovine ultrasound

Let demand dictate a veterinary ultrasound equipment purchase

Posted by Mia Varra on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 @ 03:13 PM

 Buy Animal Ultrasound

By; Amanda  Bertholf

When it comes to the right time to buy equipment, like a veterinary ultrasound, consider letting demand for your ultrasound services dictate your equipment purchase.

Scott Larsen, DVM, owner of Larsen Veterinary and Embryo Transfer in Valentine Neb.,

ROIsays he tries to be forward thinking about what he could do with the equipment right away, and then he considers how much room for growth there would be with the new purchase. “I am not one to leverage equipment,” he says. “If I can’t pay for it, I don’t need it.”


Of course, doing your homework before a big purchase is important, and so is knowing what’s available. Are all the bells and whistles necessary, or is this a luxury you can do without? “Paying for something that will help you make money is not a bad investment obviously, but I don’t want that hanging over my head,” Larsen says. “I usually try to get by with a little less and build that portion of the business. Then when I have the business established, I trade up for the equipment.” 

When you’re considering return on investment, look at how much revenue you’d generate with the equipment in a set period of time, or how many procedures you’d need to conduct to completely pay for it. “As far as reproductive ultrasound goes, that was a procedure I could do at a time of year that my practice was slow, therefore ROI was relatively fast because I was not sacrificing other work for ultrasound,” Larsen says. “What started eight years ago as a time filler has turned into my No. 1 profit center.”

(Dr. Paul Chard of Cattleman's Resource Inc., Brush, CO demonstrates the Ibex's Arm-Free I.C.E. "Ibex Customizable Extension" at preg check time.)

Larsen says the most common procedures he performs are bovine ultrasound for pregnancy and fetal sexing. He checks for pregnancy at about 90 days of gestation. Over the last couple of years, the percentage of his herds that use ultrasound on the adult cows has drastically increased. “I use it to group the herd into calving windows so they can be better managed,” he says. “Not only does it save in feed costs, but it has also has eliminated scours.” The savings in scours treatments and vaccines more than covers the cost to ultrasound, and it allows Larsen to generate more income off the producers, rather than looking for new ones. “In the sense, the use of hands-free ultrasound is becoming a large part of my practice and it’s allowing me to stretch out the per head investment in ultrasound machines and probes into more cattle.”


Tags: Bovine ultrasound, Arm-free bovine ultrasound, Arms free bovine ultrasound, portable bovine ultrasound

Dairy Producers Rely on Ultrasound to Increase Bovine Conception

Posted by Mia Varra on Tue, Sep 06, 2011 @ 05:11 PM

By Hilary Parker  

Cows just don’t make cows like they used to!

bovine ultrasound

How have dairy producers come to rely on ultrasound technology to increase bovine conception rates? Simple: Since cow fertility rates have dropped dramatically in the past few decades, they need a practical, affordable tool that can bring them out of the breeding basement. And with many herds in the west experiencing conception rates with timed breeding programs in the 20 percent range, something’s gotta give.

It’s a good thing that ultrasound is a breeder’s best friend.


Kevin McSweeney, DVM, Bovine Reproductive Specialists, Loveland, Colo., says that ultrasound technology, when used as part of a timed breeding program, can greatly increase pregnancy rates.


“Cows just aren’t showing heat like they did even twenty years ago,” says Kevin McSweeney, DVM, Bovine Reproductive Specialists, Loveland, Colo. “Even those that do give you less activity for a shorter period of time.”


And reproductive ultrasound has a larger role to play in the dairy industry than only as a means of early pregnancy diagnosis, he points out. Being able to identify open cows as soon as possible and then initiate a timed breeding program can improve pregnancy rates by increasing the heat detection rate, but ultrasound also allows the user to ensure synchronicity.

 bovine ultrasound

After all, according to research conducted in Colorado on commercial dairies, a large percentage of cows at first service or diagnosed not pregnant are not within the optimal 5- to 12-day window to start synchronization programs. When these cows are allowed to continue through their programs, they conceive at a much lower rate: Not only are these non-synched cows outside the optimal window, but a large percentage end up being poor candidates for synchronization in the first place. Allowing these non-synchronized cows to continue breeding will lower your pregnancy rates. Deferring one week or applying different strategies can greatly increase conception rates to timed AI and, ultimately, your pregnancy rates.


Ultrasound allows scanners/breeders to assess the entire ovarian structure, meaning they can better predict when cows are in the optimum period to initiate or continue in synchronization programs. By using ultrasound, cows can be assessed and synchronization programs can be modified when cows fail to respond to the first GnRH injection. Combining ultrasound with a synchronization program can be a powerful management tool to maximize not only heat detection rates but also conception rates, resulting in improved overall pregnancy rates, McSweeney says. 


“Ultrasound technology used to be cumbersome and costly,” McSweeney says. “But lately there have been significant improvements in less expensive, portable ultrasound units which has turned this kind of technology into a cost savings tool.”


But, he warns, producers need to be willing to change how they run their breeding program.


“Acknowledging that cows are not the same and then implementing intensive management protocols to overcome these obstacles is critical to improving reproduction,” McSweeney says. “Everything we thought we knew about the reproduction of lactating dairy cows has to be reconsidered. Thinking outside the box and applying new strategies to reproductive management can pay big returns. Incorporating ultrasound intensively into timed artificial insemination and estrus detection programs can improve rates dramatically, but requires a different mindset for managing cows.”


Do you use ultrasounds to help boost reproduction rates on your farm? Tell us all about it!

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Tags: sync cows with ultrasound, ultrasound cows, increase conception rates of cows, Bovine ultrasound, portable bovine ultrasound

Bovine Ultrasound; Bovine Ovaries part 1

Posted by Mia Varra on Fri, Oct 22, 2010 @ 01:56 PM

Craig McConnel, DVM, PhD at Charles Strut University, AUSTRALIA  shares some bovine ovary ultrasound images with us today.


Bovine Ovary- Cavitary CL (Corpus Luteum). Image taken with the Ibex Pro and MC8.0 micro convex transducer.


Bovine CL (Corpus Lutium) and Follicle. Image taken with the Ibex Pro and MC8.0 micro convex transducer.


Bovine Ovary- CL (Corpus Luteum) filling in and follicles. Image taken with the Ibex Pro and MC8.0 micro convex transducer.


Bovine Ovary- CL (Corpus Luteum) filled in completely. Image taken with the Ibex Pro and MC8.0 micro convex transducer.







IbexPro on Rotary 002 resized 600 

"I can honestly say that having the Ibex Pro has transformed our teaching capabilities here at Charles Sturt University, (AUSTRALIA)" said Craig McConnel, DVM.  The clarity of the images on the built-in screen provides us with the opportunity to showcase what we’re scanning to the students.  The fact that we can demonstrate what students are feeling during their palpation practice certainly helps them engage in the process and understand the concepts.  Importantly, the ease of use and ruggedness of the machine makes it possible to allow the students to practice with it as well.  Using the ultrasound while practicing palpation really enhances their experience and demonstrates the depth of information that can be gained from palpation.  Further, the ease with which cineloops and images can be captured makes it extremely efficient to record palpation findings for future use within the classroom.  Practically speaking, the water resistance of the machine is superb and certainly makes cleaning up a breeze.  Beyond that, when caught in a downpour as I was today it is really nice to know that the machine can withstand a drenching!  I’ve used a number of other ultrasounds and this EI Medical machine stands alone at the top.

Dr. McConnel takes a focus on the bovine ovary. In the following blog posts he will go into more depth of defining the structures.


Craig McConnel, DVM,Ph.D.  

Charles Sturt University, Australia  
School of Animal and Veterinary Science      
Lecturer in Ruminant Health
Charles Sturt University
Email:  cmcconnel@csu.edu.au

Tags: Bovine ultrasound, Bovine Ovary, bovine ovary ultrasound, portable bovine ultrasound

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