Day two of the annual RSNA gathering in the exhibition hall at Chicago's McCormick Place has drawn to a close. Our team has been (as any of you past attendees will know) on our feet most of the day, hoofing it from meeting to meeting and stopping to learn as much as we can about new technology and partnerships at many of the booths in between. Here are a few highlights of what we've seen today:
Experience and History
Several of us had the opportunity today to walk the aisles of the exhibition halls with Block Imaging chairman and founder, Bruce Block. This was an excellent chance to develop a deeper understanding of the changes that have taken place in the imaging field over the last twenty years and the impact they've had on patient care and the current imaging marketplace.
Bruce's added perspective, together with the number of emerging upgrades and retrofits being showcased this year, highlighted the secondary imaging market, both in terms of its growing presence at RSNA and the growing number of systems and services that it can offer. Check out the clip below for more on what we saw and a few words from our fellow attendees.
Across the entire medical field, policy coming down from Washington is a frequent topic of discussion. Let me say that no exceptions to this fact are made at RSNA meetings. Almost every conversation with our CT product specialists addressed the upcoming implementation of Standard XR-29 and which refurbished CT systems fit the bill for compliance. If CT is a modality you touch on a regular basis, you can expect to hear a lot more about this for the next year or so. See our latest update on the subject here.
Another prominent topic of policy discussion has been the Medical Device Excise Tax. With the Republican gains in last month's elections, the movement for repeal is almost certain to come back around. Fortunately, for many of the products moving in the secondary market, we're able to remove this concern from the table as the excise tax applies only to a system's first sale in the US.
Extending Equipment Life
Overall, the most exciting opportunities we're seeing emerge at this year's meeting are those that will allow existing equipment to stay in the field, serving patients longer while still enjoying some of the technological advances that used to only come with new equipment. Upgrades, retrofits, higher-resolution displays, touchscreen capabilities- all of these are becoming increasingly available to adapt systems to the world around them in more affordable ways. As the rest of RSNA 2014 unfolds, we look forward to learning new ways to bring these benefits to facilities considering the secondary market.
Pic of the Day
After a busy day on a bustling show floor, we're off to relax a little with some brick oven pizza, but not before we give you the picture of the day. Below is a view of the architecturally impressive McCormick Place from the lofty 15th floor of the Hyatt Regency. Special thanks to the Hyatt for helping me overcome my fear of heights!
For more news from RSNA (and to find out how the pizza was) check back tomorrow for our day three recap. And, if you missed yesterday, click here to read about what happened.