So I finally began my Ultrasound Journey.
I was planning on starting a new log but have been way too busy with work, fixing things at home, family, etc. As such, I am also having a difficult time maintaining a steady routine.
In general, I had some issues getting the proper heat levels in the therapeutic range. I quickly learned that the digital “K” temperature scales are polarized and must be plugged in so the “+” symbol on the probe matches up to the “+” symbol on the thermometer base unit. (I purchased 2 models from different companies. One might work better than the other but need to test more first before commenting further).
So after a few tries I was able to go through a list of troubleshooting tips and was able to hit the proper temps by using my fingers to squeeze my shaft onto the US prob. Definitely felt uncomfortable on my fingers at times but I kinda ignored it or slightly moved my fingers. We do have a ton of nerve endings at the tips of our fingers…
After a few more tries, I used the “Crystal Clear Gorilla Tape” recommended by Igigi. I was a bit intimidated by the name of the tape but it works extremely well and it isn’t too bad to remove especially if I get it moist from gel, lube or water. The tape really held the K temp probs in place the entire session and this removed a big struggle I was having.
After 5 sessions, I am very good at using only one US probe to maintain temps above 40C as monitored by 2 separate K temp probes. I am able to get up to 43C and a bit beyond for a slit second. I definitely feel the heat and there are many times I must move the probe due to slight pain. (This was while in an extender for the first time and I have not tried to replicate this OTL yet, however, I like the extender better).
I am having a difficult time with the stress relaxation portion using a pulley, hanging weight and using a clamp to maintain a particular stretched length (particular stain length) and decided to test the extender.
I have removed the springs from my traction extender and am getting great results with stress relaxation. It is in this device which I have had the great success of achieving and maintaining the proper therapeutic temps.
The odd thing is that I am able to achieve the proper temps which I am in my extender and it is pointed straight out and I do not have any backing material for the US waves to bounce back on. (I was planning on putting a bag of rice or beans on my stomach for protection of the waves and then some Ultrasound phantoms followed by US gel, followed by the dorsal (back side) of my Dick which already has 2 K probs attached.
Is it okay that I can reach the temps when straight out in the extender with no backing material? I place the US prob on the Ventral (underside) of my Dick, with lots of US gel reapplications. It heats through my shaft to the dorsal side where I have 2 K probes taped. Then there is just air and no phantom and no flesh as backing, again, my dorsal side is just exposed to air.
Second question. Since the heating has been working well, when I finish the session, I remove the K probes from the dorsal side and apply the US prob to the dorsal side for 5 mins to try to heat the CS. Again, the ventral side is only exposed to air but the heat feels strong within.
Great that you had it all started !
How uniform is the heat distribution?
I do mean that when moving away from the thermometer do you have a significant drop in the readings.
For getting non-biased readings I would recommend you to circle around not pointing too much direct exposure for the thermocouple.
In that way, you are more informed if the temperature elevation is uniform.
For the sake of uniform heat distribution, the phantom makes a real difference, as I am sure Rocco can confirm.
If you are experiencing your CS being tensioned and carrying the load then you should be targeting the heat also on it.
In any case, most of the load is carried by the dorsal side (from 10 o´clock to 2 o´clock) of the tunica which is the thickest and largest cross-sectional area of this bi-layered structure.
Certain cases like the famous restricting septum both Igigi and me have been molding with the heat make an exception.
Manko007 found the restricting element to be ventral thickening.
START 18/13.15 cm Jul 24th 18 (7.09/5.18") NOW 22.5/15.2 cm Fer 12th 20 (8.86/5.98") GOAL 8.5"/ 6"
When connective tissue is stretched within therapeutic temperatures ranging 102 to 110 F (38.9- 43.3 C), the amount of structural weakening produced by a given amount of tissue elongation varies inversely with the temperature. This is apparently related to the progressive increase in the viscous flow properties of the collagenous tissue when it is heated. (Warren et al (1971,1976)