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 Your Guide to Medical Imaging Equipment

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Oct 24, 2012 11:35:00 AM

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Imaging Equipment Acronyms

Have you ever sat in a meeting or convention and felt like you were listening in on a texting conversation between two 14 year-old girls? Sure, every field has their acronyms and shortened verbiage, but is it really more efficient if you have to run back to your office after the meeting to Google what HICCUP stands for and why there’s not two O’s in SMOG when it clearly stands for the School of Mathmagitional Occupologication Orbits and Geographonomy?

We’re here to help. No more nodding along at who, when, and where that convention is or wondering when subtraction could be “digital”! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be breaking down common acronyms and phrases within the imaging segment.

As always, if you know of a toughie that stumped you for your first 15 years in imaging, please let us know and we’ll include it so others can learn and be able to throw their hands in the air like front-row kindergartners any time it gets brought up. 


Right now, we plan to cover all of the following:


Bone Densitometer- IVA, LVA, DEXA, Body Comp, BMD, BCA, CADfx, ImagePro, Dicom, UPS, IRIS, SW, Hip, AP Spine, APVA, Dual VA, SN


Mammography- CAD, AWS, RWS, SW, 18x24cm, 24x30cm, HF, Digital, Data Flash/Patient I.D. Flasher, SN, DR, Auto kV and Auto mA’s, HTC, DMR, AEC, RIS ready, LCD Monitor, IQST Phantom, AOP Calibration Plates,




CT– AWW, MHU, ASIR, LCD, SN, MIP, MPR, CSCORE, EKG, H1-3, Card IQ, VDAS, VCT, FOV, Syngo, VRT, RT, Worklist, Slice


R/F– CINE, DSA, Tomo


Interventional– EKG, EP, DSA, DICOM, II, PACS, RIS, BPM


MRI- CXK4, F2000, OR70, EXCITE, LX, ACGD, EPI, SGD, VIBRANT, NVA, MFO, Lhe, TMJ, E&W, LCC, PROBE, CTL, GP, MRI, MR, MRT, NMR, ICS, MRIR, IRS, IES, MAESTRO, HD, RF, UPS, DICOM, HFO, ECG, SNR, SLEW, AW, CH, BRM, CRM, Ramp, Shim, MPS, TIM, FOV, mT/m, mT/m/ms, Quench, Cold, Warm, Boil-off, Coldhead, Field, Cryostat, Gradient, Top-off, Turrett, Bore, Compresssor


X-Ray– OTV, HF, AEC, DR, CR, IP, KV, KW, mA, PACS, QC, CCD, Csl, GadOx, TFT


PET/CT- BGO, LSO, GSO, LYSO, HiRez, CTA, 4D, DLS4, DST, DSTE, PET, FOV, LOR, Syngo, AWW, Auto MA, Power 440, ACS, IRS, MHU, Cardiac Gating, TruePoint, HD PET, TrueV, TOF, z-UHR, F18, N13, Rb82, Tc99, CareDose, iDose, DoseWise, Scatter correction, Attenuation correction, PICO




Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see our industry's unique jargon decoded, and feel free to tell us in the comments section below if we left anything out.

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Written by Josh Block

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Josh Block is the President of Block Imaging. He is also a husband, father of two, and self-proclaimed waffle chef. As a part of the second generation of Blocks to lead Block Imaging, Josh carries on the family passion for putting people first, delivering memorable service, and improving lives all over the world by empowering medical care providers with high-quality equipment.

Topics: PET/CT, Cath/Angio, MRI, C-Arm, X-Ray, DEXA

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