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Josh Nunez

Josh Nunez Josh Nunez is the Product Manager for Molecular Imaging Equipment at Block Imaging. He is also a husband, father of 5, athlete, and literature and photography buff. Josh is energized by developing an understanding of each customer's unique imaging needs and overcoming the challenge of helping find them the perfect equipment match.



Is It Time to Replace Your Philips Forte Nuclear Camera?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Oct 1, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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It’s been several years since Philips declared their Forte nuclear camera end of life (EOL). Still, through the service and spare parts support of third party providers, many users have continued scanning patients with them. Now, however, this years-long arrangement may no longer be a viable one.

On September 19, Philips Sr. Manager of Post Market Surveillance issued an urgent field safety notice to all users of the Forte family to discontinue use until further notice. This applies to all Fortes, including the Powerpack, the Jetstream, or systems refurbished by Philips.

In the notice, Philips said “There is a possibility that a detector may fall unimpeded vertically to the end stops of its travel limit, due to mechanical failure, possibly making contact with a patient that could result in entrapment, serious injury, or death.” Essentially, anyone who keeps using the Forte runs the risk of hurting a patient, or worse, with a falling detector.

This news raises serious questions for facilities that have relied on the Philips Forte for their nuclear medicine studies. What's being done? How long will it take? What are our alternatives? Below, we'll address those questions with the information that's available now. Check back periodically to to see updates as they become available from Philips and the FDA.

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Topics: Nuclear Camera, medical imaging news

Is Cardiac PET Scanning in Danger of Being Shut Down?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Sep 3, 2019 2:30:00 PM

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Recently, a proposal through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended a change to the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) that would reduce reimbursement for cardiac PET scan procedures by 80%. While the proposed change doesn't prevent anyone from continuing to offer cardiac PET services, it does drop reimbursement to a level well below what's needed to maintain a viable cardiac imaging service, a move that will force many providers out of the market and eliminate access to service for the majority of patients.

This news raises several questions. What is CMS thinking with this proposal? What will patients do if the proposal is accepted? And what can be done about it? We'll answer these questions below to shed more light on the situation and what's to be done as CMS administrators make their deliberations.

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Topics: PET/CT, medical imaging news, PET Scanners

What Is "Time of Flight" PET Scanning?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Jul 18, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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As with all modalities of imaging equipment, PET scanning is gradually moving in the direction of greater and greater diagnostic accuracy. For PET in particular, the biggest step in that direction of the last decade has been the development and proliferation of time of flight technology.

For those who may be using PET systems older than ten years, or newer systems without the time of flight option enabled, there are benefits to time of flight you'll want to explore as the time to upgrade your equipment draws nearer. For those who may be only just entering the PET arena, there are a number of reasons why a time of flight-equipped system should be at the top of your list of considerations. Wherever you may fall on the PET user spectrum, we'll share below more details about what time of flight features actually do and what they mean for PET users and patients alike.

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Topics: PET/CT, PET Scanners

Two Alternatives to Philips Brightview Nuclear Cameras

Posted by Josh Nunez

Jun 18, 2019 4:07:21 PM

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If you are a fan of Philips nuclear cameras you have probably noticed that Philips is not offering a general purpose SPECT camera, and hasn’t for several years. The last model in that line was the Brightview in 2013. The Brightview was popular, but there has been a lack of support and continuity for users. For many, it may be time to consider alternatives. In the general purpose arena, two contenders stand out: GE's Infinia and Siemens' Symbia S.

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Nuclear Camera Price Cost Guide

Posted by Josh Nunez

May 28, 2019 3:15:00 PM

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When the time comes to upgrade your nuclear camera (or to purchase your first), it's not uncommon to experience a little "sticker shock" or to get several quotes for comparison's sake. While you're getting your quotes, we suggest getting at least one from a provider of used or refurbished systems. There are quality systems to be found and substantial savings to be had.

To get an idea of what those savings might look like, watch the video or read the list below to see cost information for nuclear cameras for all applications. 

Have a system in mind? Click here to request a nuclear camera quote.

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Topics: Nuclear Camera, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

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