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Samsung Electronics, a leader in medical imaging technology, will debut its OmniTom® mobile 16-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 Annual Meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago. OmniTom®received 510(k) FDA clearance for the U.S. market on August 18 of this year, and attendees will get to see it for the first time at RSNA booth #2543 (South Building, Hall A).

The release of OmniTom® is the latest demonstration of Samsung’s leadership in CT imaging. OmniTom® features an array of improvements from Samsung’s award-winning CereTom CT scanner, including:

  • Improved workflow: OmniTom® is the world’s first mobile imaging device with omnidirectional wheels, maximizing mobility and allowing easier and quieter movement in small spaces.
  • Superior image quality: 16-slice (0.625 mm per slice) advanced data acquisition system with a 50 percent increase in CNR versus other portable CT technologies.
  • Expanded use: Maintains a small footprint ideal for mobile use while increasing the gantry opening to 40 cm for improved coverage of adult head and neck, and full body pediatric scanning.
  • Enhanced safety system: OmniTom® features an internal drive system, making portability less strenuous, while also offering smart-sensing collision avoidance software to maximize control and patient safety.

 

OmniTom® is ideal for cranial procedures and is designed to deliver the highest quality non-contrast CT, CT angiography, and CT perfusion scans. The combination of its rapid scan time, ultra-small footprint, and immediate image viewing makes OmniTom® an indispensable tool for collecting real-time data on critically ill patients.

 

The latest product also demonstrates Samsung’s “AccE” (Access, Accuracy, and Efficiency) strategy that aims to change the industry by incorporating innovations in physical access to provide care wherever it is needed. It also aims to improve accuracy in diagnosis with advanced algorithms and efficiency with advanced display, UX and information management technology developed by Samsung Electronics.

 

“OmniTom® embodies Samsung’s commitment to providing leading technologies to healthcare providers by combining our key values of Access, Accuracy, and Efficiency,” said Dongsoo Jun, President of Health & Medical Equipment Business at Samsung Electronics and CEO of Samsung Medison. “We’ve made a CT product that’s lighter, more mobile, more accurate and faster, and we hope the many doctors and technicians here at RSNA will be able to use it to benefit their patients.”

 

“At Samsung, we work tirelessly to make sure that our full range of products provides patients and physicians with the best possible options for care” added Philip Sullivan, President and CEO Samsung NeuroLogica. “We do this through designing products that deliver broad access, superior accuracy, and quality, and make care teams more efficient by maximizing throughput and minimizing waste.”

 

 

 

In addition to OmniTom®, Samsung will be showcasing its spectral CT with Photon Counting Detector (PCD), the next generation of CT technology. Samsung’s team will also be demonstrating a range of healthcare solutions in mobile CT, Digital Radiography, and Ultrasound that are all designed to bridge the care-delivery gap and maximize efficiency to enhance the patient experience. Such solutions include:

 

  • Ultrasound Segment: Samsung will feature their comprehensive general imaging ultrasound portfolio, including the new HS60 and HS40 ultrasound systems which were introduced earlier this year. The RS80A with Prestige, Samsung’s premium general imaging ultrasound system, will be displayed in three daily educational demonstrations featuring live scanning. The RS80A includes innovative technologies for the busy radiology department that help boost clinical confidence. Based on its achievements in ultrasonic diagnosis devices for obstetrics and gynecology, the company is strengthening its premium ultrasonic diagnosis device business for radiology, which has the biggest market potential.

 

  • Digital Radiography Segment: Samsung will display a wide range of its portfolio including two ceiling-mounted systems, GC85, and GC70, as well as highlight its premium portable GM85 X-ray. The GM85’s enhanced mobility and streamlined workflow will enable users to experience a new level of efficiency along with exceptional image quality. Samsung has also differentiated itself from its competitors by adopting low dose technology for enhanced patient safety.

 

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Segment: Samsung will be showcasing a prototype of Specialty MRI, an MRI imaging device for arms and/or legs. The prototype is expected to be a game changer in the industry: It is designed to maximize not only cost and space but also patient convenience, as it eliminates the need for the whole body to be in the MRI device.

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Healthcare providers and historians alike are all too familiar with the images and inconveniences of the large, bulky X-ray machines of the past. Since X-rays were first discovered in 1895, the equipment has evolved as advancements were made into digital radiography (DR) and computerized imaging. Until recently, however, it seemed to many that any changes were simply new features on an old machine.

Today, mobile digital radiography has come of age. Medical imaging innovations are redefining and reinventing portable X-ray technology for hospitals such as St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, where it has put Samsung’s new GM85 mobile DR system into use. The 267-bed community hospital is part of the Steward Health Care System, the largest private hospital operator in the U.S. It began working with the GM85 in 2017, and after just six months the radiology team spoke positively of the system’s advancements. “This new equipment has taken the portable unit to the next level with its design, functionality, and image quality and radiation dose reduction,” said Robert Maheu, RT (R)(CT), director of cardiovascular medicine, radiology, and radiation therapy at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. The mobile digital X-ray machine received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the U.S. market in November 2016 after first being unveiled a month earlier at the 19th World Congress of International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists in Seoul. Design, functionality, image quality and dose reduction are several of the benefits offered for hospitals, clinicians, and patients.

Design and Functionality Benefits
Maheu said Samsung’s GM85 is designed with the technologist in mind, identifying ease of use and image capture as its strongest features. “The radiologists and technologists have been impressed by the image quality [with] what they are now able to visualize, and being able to do so with a lower rate of exposure,” he said.
The machine’s small footprint and ergonomic design have made the X-ray process fast and efficient, which was not always the case. The previous process was to move the portable into place, place the computed radiography (CR) cassette under or behind the patient, take an exposure, remove the cassette, pull the portable out of the way, walk to the nearest CR reader, download and then finally review the image. If the image was of diagnostic quality, the exam would essentially be considered complete. If the image was not, the process would need to start over.
“We’ve found the new Samsung system narrows the process from eight steps to three, and the timesavings to be both a patient satisfier and a staff satisfier,” said Maheu. “We can approximate a 50 percent timesavings. Since our technologists do not have to take the cassette and walk to the CR reader, based on logistics, we know we are cutting out half of the process. Finishing the portables faster allows the tech to work on other assignments.” Where functionality is concerned, he said, “the machine itself has built-in efficiencies, improving workflow. From an RT perspective, its ease of use and design bring great functionality.”
Technologists are also able to pull the patient’s information from the work list provided on the control panel, which is imported wirelessly to the hospital’s picture archiving and communication system (PACS), eliminating the potential for manual input errors. The advent of iterative reconstruction in imaging has made a huge impact for Maheu’s department as well, giving them the ability to provide physicians with additional detailed images without actually taking another X-ray and exposing the patient to radiation (see Figure 1).

Additional Key Features
In addition to image capture, multi-touch functions allow technologists to control and adjust images easily and intuitively, saving time and allowing for more images to be taken in a day. Controls in the tube head unit (THU) allow techs to easily move the unit, with a monitor available to view captured images. The collapsible THU does away with the blind spot the fixed column created in the past, and it offers an advantage for maneuvering around stretchers, beds, and staff, whether in an emergency room, critical care unit, operating room or inpatient room.
The GM85 also boasts improved battery management, with fast charging times and all-day operation enabled. With only one cassette, the technologist is able to obtain X-rays from multiple patients in succession, review quickly to confirm a diagnostic quality image, send the image wirelessly to the PACS and move on to the next patient.
Additional notable features include: S-Align, which provides precise alignment for superior imaging, as the angle of the detector is displayed on the THU to enhance image quality. A tube and line enhancement (TLE) function improves clarity of the images with a single onscreen click. “If you happen to be at the THU, you have the ability to see the image from there and don’t have to return to the console,” said Maheu. For line placement, he added, it is important to see PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) lines or tubes — in the lung, for example. Further, a source-image distance (SID) guide supports multiple SID settings to aid in precise device positioning. Samsung’s imaging engine, S-Vue, delivers dependable and accurate diagnoses through advanced processing and adaptive filtering, providing enhanced image contrast and sharpness.
The new technology also brought about X-ray dose reduction for radiologists and patients at St. Elizabeth’s. According to Maheu, all of the portables at the hospital were evaluated by a physicist who provided examples demonstrating the dose reduction at various levels of peak kilovoltage (kVp). “On average, between the kVp range from 150 to 200, our radiation physicists saw about a 30 percent reduction in radiation with the Samsung GM85,” stated Maheu.
He said his department looks forward to future collaborations with Samsung. “Samsung has proven to be a new force to be reckoned with in the medical imaging field,” Maheu said. “We are excited for all the new products coming out from Samsung in the medical imaging space.”

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AHRA VA Meeting 16JUN2016Please join us as we host Dr. Andrea D. Browne from The Joint Commission (TJC) Thursday, June 16th, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM ET.

Dr. Browne will provide an update on the TJC Diagnostic Imaging Standards that took effect July 1, 2015.

The goals of the session are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive review of TJC diagnostic imaging standards
  • Provide attendees a forum to ask questions regarding the interpretation and implementation of TJC diagnostic imaging standards
  • Provide guidance from TJC surveyors regarding observed best practices and TJC survey preparation
  • Preview anticipated amendments/adjustments to TJC diagnostic imaging standards

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Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital recently switched from CR to DR by purchasing a Samsung GR40 DR Panel.

Since XRV carries these panels in stock, we were able to install the panel within 24 hours of approval.  The techs were taking images of patients with their new Samsung the same day as install!!

We hope Medstar NRH enjoys the image quality, ease of use, and increased workflow of the Samsung GR40.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

Contact us for your discounted pricing.

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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:

 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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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.

 

Contact us for you discounted pricing.

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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.

 

Read the full announcement here:

 

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Techs posing with their new GF50

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ISC 2016

 

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.