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

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

Cloud-Based CT Dose Monitoring

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

In Radiology Today- Vol 14 No. 12, P10 written by David Yeager, there is an article entitled “Cloud-Based CT Dose Monitoring” published in December 2013.  The article is important in the fact that more and more radiologists now have the opportunity to report on patient exposure to ionizing radiation from CT Scanners.
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Topics: Low-dose solution, Imaging Equipment Solutions, Medical Imaging News, Scannerside

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

Are you prepared for mandatory CT dose tracking?

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 16:09 PM

More so than ever, radiology departments are under pressure to track radiation dose from CT. Laws effective in some states, and the federal government proposing mandatory tracking in new Medicare rules for 2014, mean that institutional dose tracking will need to be as seamless as possible.

A team of radiologists at Stony Brook University in New York wanted to find the most simple and cost-effective way to monitor CT dose given what technology is available today. In doing so, they ended up developing a web-based service that does everything other solutions on the market do, just in a simpler fashion. They wrote about what they found, and what they have developed, in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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Topics: Low-dose solution, Imaging Equipment Solutions, Medical Imaging News, Scannerside