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 Your Guide to Medical Imaging Equipment

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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Why Radiation Safety Training?

Posted by Trish Payne

May 7, 2015 10:23:00 AM

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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

Is My CT Scanner XR-29 Compliant?

Posted by David Harns

Jul 30, 2014 12:36:00 PM

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If you haven’t yet read our blog post titled, NEMA Standard XR-29 for CT- What Does It Mean for You?, go ahead and do that first, then come back. Don’t worry. We’ll wait.

Back yet? Great! So, you understand that being non-compliant on XR-29 only effects reimbursement levels at a 15% rate, max, and that upgrading your machine to become XR-29 compliant might not be financially worth the cost that it takes to do so. You also understand that, despite how it sounds, not being XR-29 compliant will not get you shut down nor will you be forced to upgrade your CT.

After reading that, are you still curious if your system is compliant? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out. Directly from MITA, here are the four things your CT must have in order to be XR-29 compliant:

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Topics: Medical Imaging Compliance

Does Your Facility Need Iterative Reconstruction?

Posted by David Harns

Jul 28, 2014 3:13:00 PM

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Iterative reconstruction (IR) is a relatively recent development in CT scanner technology. All the major manufacturers have integrated it into their product lines as well as registered a trademarked name for their individual IR software: ASiR (GE), IRIS (Siemens), iDose (Philips), AIDR (Toshiba).

It's always great to see CT technology take new steps and open new possibilities but, for anyone running a system that doesn't have the latest technology, the introduction of new features begs the question, "Do I need it right now?"

As much as we'd love to give a simple yes-or-no answer, whether or not your facility needs iterative reconstruction depends on your short-term goals.

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Topics: Medical Imaging Compliance

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

Posted by Trish Payne

May 2, 2014 5:01:00 PM

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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

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