Medical Imaging Distribution and Samsung have released an official Press Release (below) announcing their expanded partnership by adding Radiology Ultrasound. X-Ray Visions is excited to add Samsung Ultrasound to our solutions portfolio.
If you have any questions about Samsung Ultrasound or would like to schedule a demo, click here to contact us.
X-Ray Visions supplies a huge range of medical imaging accessories and solutions. One of our most popular product lines is the Techno-Aide Positioning Sponge products. Positioning sponges are important for countless medical imaging applications. Every radiologist knows what it’s like to try to get a clear image when a patient has to hold still in an awkward position. In short: it’s just not gonna work.
Techno-Aide’s positioning sponges are the answer. Made of dense polyfoam, each sponge is crafted to provide comfortable support and immobilization for patients. Sometimes these patients are disabled, in pain, or even unconscious. In these scenarios, clear imaging would be impossible without a positioning sponge for the job. But in decades past, sponges like these showed up in the final images,with line artifacts and extra densities that obscured the final image.
With the Stealth Sponges, Techno Aide has cleared up the issue. With no hard corners, and materials that are “invisible” to radiographic imaging, you won’t see a Stealth Sponge in your final image. BUT, a stealth sponge is not always a perfect fit for every single application. Take, for example, our Spinal Body Wedges.
Two Choices for Spinal Body Wedges
In almost every case, Techno-Aide’s innovative Stealth Sponge designs are superior to older positioning sponge units. But some people still ask for our old models. Take our Spinal Body Wedges, for instance. In order to prevent line artifacts, the stealth version of the 45 degree spinal body wedge includes a flared base for maximum image clarity. This doesn’t work for all customers, some of whom say they prefer the older model because the sponge is not shown in the final image. So line artifacts are not an issue. Space is the driver.
In response, we offer a sponge in the same dimensions (no flared base) as the old model (#UCBD), this time with our patented Stealth Cote protective coating. Though this design leaves some trace artifacts, customers report that these do not matter as the sponge is not shown in the final image. Some find it is easier to use as well. So we provide both. If this seems a little confusing, here’s all you need to know:
Flared Base Stealth Cote 45 Degree Spinal Body Wedge: #YCBD
Stealth Cote 45 Degree Spinal Body Wedge (No Flare): #YCFD
Just because an imaging procedure like MRI is safe, doesn’t mean that your patients will feel safe. As a radiological technologist, you perform these procedures everyday. You made it through years of schooling, and lots of investment of time and study. Your comfort level with radiation is high, because you know how to use it appropriately, and you understand the nuances of these complex systems. Your patients, however, will almost always lack this insight. Don’t assume that a lead apron or comfy xray positioning sponge is all that’s needed for your patient to feel confident. Sometimes a patient will be distressed when he or she is immobilized. Strapping patients down prevents falls and movements which would obscure the final image, but if immobilization is a source of anxiety, it’s important for you to help your patient through it.
Great radiology accessories and excellent job skills won’t be enough to inspire confidence in some nervous patients. For these individuals, even simple procedures like echocardiogram can be unnerving. Many of these patients will only understand “radiation” in the most abstract sense. The word might call to mind images from comic books, wartime, or half-remembered articles from a friend’s Facebook page. Whatever the cause of radiation anxiety, the radiological technologist is a front line defense to help make the patient feel better. Here are a few simple steps to A) assess and B) relieve such anxiety:
Ask the Right Questions. It is possible to determine your patient’s state of mind with a few empathetic questions. “How are you feeling today?” “Have you ever had a procedure like this performed?” “Do you have any questions I can answer before we begin?” You’ll be able to tell by the answer, and even by the tone of voice used, how your patient is really feeling. If you detect anxiety, work to relieve it.
Address Concerns. If your patient is concerned that an MRI will cause more harm than good, explain the reality of the situation. That there is for example, no radiation involved with MRI procedures. Briefly, but clearly, explain your knowledge about how any given imaging procedure is determined to be safe for a patient like the one in your office today. If your patient is worried about being immobilized, take it slow and explain how being strapped in will actually keep the patient safe, even if it is a little strange at first.
If Legitimate Anxiety Persists, Review Safety Protocols. All that’s usually needed to calm a nervous patient is a good bedside manner. But in the rare event that a patient is still nervous, review your risk assessment protocols with regard to this specific patient. If all safety protocols are addressed, continue with the procedure with confidence.
Making a radiology patient feel safe is more than making sure the lead apron fits snugly, or the x-ray positioning sponge is sized well. Techno-Aide engineers and sells radiology accessories. But even the best radiology products and most careful expertise won’t be enough to calm down a nervous patient. Take the time to listen to your patient, then soothe worries with the hard facts about radiation safety. Not only will new knowledge promote peace of mind, but your professional courtesy will go a long way in making your patient feel safe during all future procedures.
Image clarity is what everybody wants to know about when considering a new brand of positioning sponge. Positioning sponges are an essential part of everyday radiology practice. They help patients hold still in sometimes awkward positions in order to provide a crisp, clear image that diagnoses their problem perfectly.
Techno Aide’s Stealth Core and Stealth Cote positioning sponges are created for optimum image clarity, for a variety of radiology applications. These designs have no hard lines or material flaws, which show up in the final image as artifacts. In substandard designs found in other corners of the radiology industry, these artifacts make it difficult to correctly diagnose fractures and the like. “Is that an artifact, or is that a fracture of the first metacarpal?” Techno Aide stealth core and stealth cote positioning sponges eliminate the need for this conversation.
But one question we still occasionally receive from potential buyers is about something you NEVER want to happen on the imaging table: slippage. Some manufacturers make coated sponges with vinyl finishes, which makes them slip and slide all over the place during imaging and positioning. This not only makes it tough to get a crystal-clear image, it can be painful for a patient who is perhaps suffering from a broken bone or other injury. For both reasons, a non-slip sponge is crucial. Lucky for you, Techno Aide stealth sponges won’t slip or slide, giving you a perfect foundation for image clarity.
This is accomplished in a couple of different ways. Techno Aide has selected a non-vinyl plastic coating to apply in a very thin layer on all Stealth Cote sponges (Stealth Core sponges have no coating). Not only does this make the positioning sponges easier to keep clean, but it actually increases positioning stability, and does not impede it. Furthermore, Techno Aide always keeps stability in mind when designing the shapes and sizes of our positioning sponges. A tiny sponge may take up less space in the storage cabinet, but its small surface area will find little grip on the imaging table. Our sponges are given larger bases, to maximize contact between sponge and surface, thereby minimizing slippage.
Techno Aide provides a wide variety of radiology accessories, for an endless variety of applications. When we set out to engineer a new product, we make sure that it is compatible with our whole line of products to better serve our customers who outfit their practices with many Techno Aide products. Stability is just one benchmark for safe and clear radiographic imaging, but it’s one that informs the design of each of our products. Stealth sponges will provide positional stability that’s hard to find from competitor positioning sponges. Used with other products within Techno Aide’s radiology accessory catalog, the company-wide commitment to safety and stability will result in remarkable ease of use and product satisfaction.
Don’t let slippery vinyl sponges slide away your image clarity. Techno Aide’s stealth sponges provide unprecedented clarity, without the slippery finish of older competitor sponge designs and yes easy to clean! Try the difference for yourself and make your imaging operations faster, safer, and more economical for all involved.
Tidewater Orthopaedics recently installed two innovative and cutting edge digital radiography (DR) systems, the Samsung GU60 and Samsung GF50. These new systems will improve patient safety and the reliability of the diagnosis by acquiring high resolution images with a very small amount of radiation. The Samsung GU60 and GF50 are in use at Tidewater Orthopaedics Hampton VA Office where the technologists and physicians have benefitted from the ability to simplify their workflow and reduce exam time, providing more time to focus on patient care.
Samsung/Neurologica will be attending the 2016 International Stroke Conference held in Los Angeles, CA on Feb 17th and 18th. The conference is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Booth #515. Stop by the Frazer/Stryker booth #147 to schedule a tour of the CereTom-Equipped Mobile Stroke Solution. Click here to register for the conference.
With the advanced technology that is available today, many hospitals are striving to discover innovative ways to bring this technology to the patients. Stroke patients are the type of patients that greatly need the technology to come to them to provide a faster diagnosis and administer medications as soon as possible. A few hospitals in the US and Europe have discovered a way to do just that with the Mobile Stroke Unit. The Mobile Stroke Unit has been developed with the cooperation of Neurologica/Samsung, select healthcare entities, and ambulance manufacturers. The Mobile Stroke Unit contains a mobile CT unit that enables techs to take brain scans on site and communicate with doctors via video chat.