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Enjoy these tips, tricks and insights that answer 100's of questions we've received from radiology and imaging professionals that need help buying, selling, servicing and maintaining their medical imaging equipment: MRI, CT, C-Arm, Digital X-ray, PET/CT and Women's Health. We extend the life of imaging equipment so that healthcare providers worldwide can extend the lives of patients. This is why we answer your imaging equipment questions.

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Trish Payne

Why Radiation Safety Training?

Posted by Trish Payne

May 7, 2015 10:23:00 AM

ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) is just one of the dozens of acronyms you're likely to hear working in the radiology field. Unfortunately, as with any other acronym that gets regular usage, the more you hear it and use it, the less likely you become to really consider its full implications.

Does everyone on your team really know and use best practice to keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable? When was the last time they had a refresher on those practices? Do you have any way of knowing or documenting that?

If your answers to the previous questions included anything like, "no" or, "I'm not sure", the following are three big reasons why you need to consider a radiation safety training program at your facility.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Medical Imaging Compliance

2014 Joint Commission Standards: CT, Nuclear, PET, MRI

Posted by Trish Payne

May 2, 2014 5:01:00 PM

Starting this summer, all Joint Commission-accredited organizations that provide services in CT, nuclear medicine, PET, and MRI will be subject to new standards. The first of these standards will go into effect on July 1st and others will roll out gradually throughout the remainder of the year and on into 2015.

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Topics: PET/CT, Nuclear Camera, MRI, PET Scanners, Medical Imaging Compliance

C-Arm Radiation Safety 101

Posted by Trish Payne

Feb 7, 2014 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to radiation safety in medical imaging, the guiding principle is ALARA: “as low as reasonably achievable.” This goes not only for the patients being scanned, but also for the technicians and physicians who are often in the vicinity of the equipment.

Radiation exposure in fluoroscopy equipment like C-arms comes from two main sources- “scatter” radiation that bounces off the patient's body and “leakage” radiation from the X-ray tube. Of the two sources of exposure, scatter radiation varies considerably more and is the higher contributor to overall exposure.  

If you're new to the medical imaging field or to radography/fluoroscopy, there are a few things you should know about getting your radiation exposure ALARA. Below are 4 areas to focus on for greater radiation safety:


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Topics: C-Arm, X-ray

Accountable Care Organizations 101

Posted by Trish Payne

Jan 14, 2013 3:04:00 PM

With the upholding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known popularly as PPACA or “Obamacare”) a legislative path has been laid in the direction of healthcare reform. Accountable care organizations (ACOs) will play an important part in moving the healthcare industry down that path, but the full scope of their involvement remains to be seen.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, medical imaging news

4 Imaging Equipment Quality Assurance Questions and Answers

Posted by Trish Payne

Dec 14, 2012 10:11:00 AM

In my position, a variety of questions are posed to me from the industry. Fortunately, I find it fun to research these topics and find answers for those who need help.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Project Management

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