Sensible Solutions for Refurbished Radiology

New Low Dose CT Mandates Bring More Questions Than Answers

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

Wanted: straight answers. 

Creating standards. Improving reporting. Lowering dose to better the health and safety of patients and staff. These are laudable goals, and the new Standard XR-29-2013 from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA’s) Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) is taking them on.

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Topics: SafeCT, iterative image reconstruction, Low-dose solution

Are we lowering CT dose for patients – or for ourselves?

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

A recent study in the  Annals of Internal Medicine supports the value of low-dose CT lung scanning for high-risk Medicare-eligible patients. This is seemingly good news, right?  MITA, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, has come out and applauded the effort. And when taken at face value, it does seem praise worthy - groups are aligning and the benefit should be low dose CT exams and improved health outcomes with both being achievable without a heavy financial burden for seniors.
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Topics: SafeCT, iterative image reconstruction, Low-dose solution

Best 15: CT Low Dose Radiation Articles

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

Do you need more information on best practices to lower your CT dose? We have complied a list of informative articles to answer many questions you may have and explore options that can assist you today.

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Topics: SafeCT, iterative image reconstruction, Low-dose solution, More Than Just Imaging Solutions

Extend Your CT Tube Life by 40% or Greater

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 13:07 PM

It is no secret that the most expensive consumable component associated with CT scanning is the CT X-Ray Tube. Some CT Tubes can cost $200,000 and more for a new replacement. While most providers carry CT X-Ray Tube coverage as a part of their CT maintenance contract, this coverage still represents a “five figure” annual line item cost.

The attached paper will describe how and why CT Tube Life is extended when SafeCT, or any OEM iterative reconstruction solution for that matter, is incorporated to achieve low-dose CT scanning capabilities. Many SafeCT customers tell us that they have experienced from 40% and up to 4X (four times) life extension on their CT tube using SafeCT!

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Topics: Medical Imaging Equipment Costs, SafeCT, iterative image reconstruction, CT Scanner

CT Dose Management Solutions for “Smart Dose” Standards

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

How to be compliant with all upcoming standards without replacing your CT

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has published XR 29 Standard Attributes on Computed Tomography (CT) Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management. XR 29, also known as MITA Smart Dose, includes four key features of CT equipment that enable optimization or management of radiation dose delivery while also providing high quality medical images. 

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Topics: SafeCT, Low-dose solution, iterative image reconstruction, Scannerside

CT Radiation Dose Reduction Project

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

Qualis Health Award Project presented by Hal J. Mason RT, R, CT, CT Technologist at Yakima Memorial Hospital, Valley Imaging Outpatient Imaging Center in Yakima, Washington.

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Topics: SafeCT, Low-dose solution, iterative image reconstruction, Imaging Equipment Solutions

What if you could automatically reduce your CT Dose - Would you?

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 15:02 PM

Let me say at the outset that I am a Salesperson and I am proud of that.  I have sold innovative, life-changing products into the diagnostic imaging market for over thirty years and it is a rewarding profession.  I vividly remember the days of single slice CT scanning and providers increasing the dose on patients to get a more diagnostic image.  It was routine practice when needed and not so much as a second thought was given in most circumstances about increased patient dose in order to improve diagnostic image quality.  With the advent of helical scanning and multi-slice capabilities, the focus on CT dose in healthcare became a reality.

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Topics: SafeCT, CT Scanner, Low-dose solution, iterative image reconstruction

Marketing 101: How to Attract New Patients with Your Low-Dose CT!

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Radiation dose has become a growing concern for clinicians and patients alike, especially when children have been referred for a medical imaging test. Everyone wants to know more about the risks and benefits of CT scans, X-rays and other forms of medical imaging. When is it necessary? Is it safe? What are the alternatives? Patients want answers, so they can make more informed decisions for themselves and their families. 

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Topics: SafeCT, CT Scanner, iterative image reconstruction, More Than Just Imaging Solutions

The Big Question: Are You Ready For CT Dose Tracking?

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

Radiology departments are under pressure to track radiation dose from CT, and new rules are being proposed on both state and federal levels.  A lot of our friends and customers were asking us questions about this at the recent RSNA convention.  We decided to share some information, insights and answers through our new eBook, “Radiation Dose: Track, Monitor & Lower."

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Topics: Low-dose solution, iterative image reconstruction, Imaging Equipment Solutions

What Steps are You Taking to Lower the Dose on Your CT Scanners?

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 09:11 AM

There are three distinct steps that we see CT providers taking to reduce patient radiation exposure on their CT scanners today.  Lets take a look at these actions.

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Topics: SafeCT, CT Scanner, Low-dose solution, iterative image reconstruction