Van Damme vs. Bones: The Epic Splits

Heidi McIntosh, Marketing Manager, X-ray Solutions, Carestream

Heidi McIntosh, Marketing Manager, X-ray Solutions, Carestream

If you haven’t seen the Jean-Claude Van Damme Epic Split video by now, allow us to introduce you. Back in November, Volvo released a video featuring Van Damme atop two reversing trucks to demonstrate Volvo Dynamic Steering. The stunt was performed in one take and went viral quickly. What’s equally impressive is that the video racked up over 64 million views in just over a month. It’s kind of something you have to see to believe.

 

 

 

We thought it’d be fun to demonstrate the precision and directional stability of our DRX-Revolution mobile X-ray system in a similar manner, but on a much smaller scale. Our video features “Bones” performing an epic split between two reversing DRX-Revolutions. Without the fully automatic collapsible column, mobility wouldn’t be such a breeze. Check out our version below and let us know what you think!

 

The Benefits of Upgrading to DR Technology

Radiology and technology go hand in hand. Each year the advances we see at RSNA confirm that innovations are what keep radiology as a premier medical specialty. Regularly upgrading these technologies help to enhance patient care, throughput, diagnostic accuracy and personal confidence among the physician’s when diagnosing a patient. Dr. Shrinivas Desai, Director of Radiology at Jaslok Hospital in India, spoke with us at RSNA about his hospital upgrading its DR technologies and the many benefits that come from doing so. To him, it’s all about enhancing patient care and making a positive impact on the services rendered to them. Hear more about what Dr. Desai had to say in the video below.

Patient Portals Enable Immediate, Secure Access to Medical Images

Cobalt Imaging Center is a medical charity that provides state of the art imaging for a large population in Southwest England. The facility recently adopted Carestream’s MyVue patient portal to enable patients’ immediate, secure access to their medical images via the web. Peter Sharp and Roisin Dobbins-Stacey of Cobalt Imaging spoke with us at RSNA and emphasized the need for a patient portal over CDs–their current means of sharing patient images—which are costly and timely.

Patients want access to their images now and a patient portal allows them instant access at their fingertips to share with whoever they want whether it’s the referring physician, or friends and family. The facility will slowly roll out MyVue and get patients adapted to a timely, functional, and secure way of sharing medical images.

Hear more about the benefits a patient portal brings to patients and imaging facilities in the video below.

A Coldest Journey Update: What the Team is Up To Now.

Jane Grimsley, Marketing Manager for Digital Capture Europe, Carestream

Jane Grimsley, Marketing Manager, Northern Cluster, Europe, Carestream

Back in March of this year, a team of of adventurers led by world-renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes set out to cross the Antarctic continent in winter – a feat never before accomplished. The challenge? To travel for six months, across 2,480 miles, where temperatures can fall to –129F. This endeavor also supported Seeing is Believing – a fundraiser focused on raising $10 million to help eradicate blindness in developing countries.

Carestream was among the expedition’s sponsors, supplying the team with our DRX Transportable / Field Portable X-ray System – a rugged digital device that would be invaluable should  a team member sustain an injury requiring diagnostic imaging.

The expedition team was confronted with complications and misfortune from early on. First, team leader Fiennes had to pull out after getting a serious case of frostbite in his left hand. Then, the team discovered that the icy terrain was even more treacherous than predicted: they encountered crevasse fields extending for up to 62 miles – far too dangerous to cross with heavy equipment. Finally, in June, the team regretfully called an official halt to the mission to cross Antarctica. However, due to winter weather condition

The Coldest Journey team has returned home after a long adventure.

The Coldest Journey team has returned home after a long adventure. The photo is courtesy of http://thecoldestjourney.org

s, they had to remain in place for an astounding five months until conditions were safe enough to airlift them out.  During this time, they performed valuable research and collected data to advance the understanding of the effects of climate change on polar regions.

Several weeks ago on December 2nd, the team, back home, attended the annual Transglob

e Expedition Trust evening at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The audience was enthralled and suitably amazed at the team members’ firsthand accounts of their 11 months on the ice – stories dramatically illustrated with photos and film.

We at Carestream are proud to have been a sponsor of this courageous expedition. And we’re happy to pass along team member Rob Lambert’s final appeal for contributions to support Seeing is Believing.

“As we prepare to leave the continent after a tumultuous year, it falls to me to write the final plea. Although we have failed in our objective to cross Antarctica, it will have escaped nobody’s notice that our other, more important objective was to draw attention to the work of Seeing is Believing. This brilliant charity transforms lives, by helping to treat or prevent avoidable blindness all over the world. To my mind it is one of the very best (and cheapest) ways in which you can help your fellow inhabitants of this beautiful planet.. Remember that every pound, dollar, rand, or euro we raise is doubled by Standard Chartered Bank, so if you’ve enjoyed following the expedition, and have thought about donating, the time is now! Carpe diem, as they say…

Vue PACS Enables Image Sharing Among 11 UK Trusts

The Cheshire and Merseyside NHS Consortium covers 11 trusts in the UK and chose Carestream to be their new PACS supplier after their existing contracts for PACS and RIS systems, delivered through the National Program for Information Technology (NPfIT), expired. When selecting a new provider, the consortium was aiming to get the most cost effective and feature-rich system to meet their needs. One feature that came equipped with their chosen system was the advanced features of CT reconstruction. Taking steps to be cost effective has allowed Cheshire and Merseyside to pay 40 percent less than their previous national contract.

Cheshire and Merseyside is unusual in that there are multiple trusts in a small geographic area with a number of specialist hospitals. Royal Liverpool University Hospital is one hospital in the trust and for them it has been a challenge between patients moving around to hospitals and keeping images with the patient. The PACS system makes it easy for images to be acquired at one site and reported at another, a high priority for the trusts. When reporting, radiologists have access to previous studies where they can report right then and there, which is a big advantage. Roughly 1.5 to 2 million exams are conducted each year across the consortium and the more studies that are done, the faster the amount of data being transferred increases. Royal Liverpool has greatly decreased their amount of data transfers from about 250 studies per week to around 180 and is looking forward to that number dropping even further than 100 studies per week. This provides lead image transfer teams with more resources to do other things instead of importing such a large amount of studies.

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Brings Benefits to Patient Exams

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) provides higher quality mammography images and is becoming more vital to breast exams. At RSNA we spoke with Dr. Harmindar Gill, Medical Director of Premiere Women’s Radiology in Bonita Springs, Florida, about the benefits of DBT and what patients get out of having it as part of their exam. Being the first office in Southwest Florida to offer DBT as part of breast exams, Dr. Gill noticed a decrease in patients’ recall rates and found that it’s easier to spot small lesions that go unnoticed by traditional mammography exams.  The video below provides more insight on Dr. Gill’s practice and DBT discussion at RSNA.

Medical Tourism Initiative Enables Nigerian Hospital to Deliver Quality Medical Care

Delta State University and Teaching Hospital is a 300-bed facility in Nigeria that is actively developing a center of medical tourism to deliver local quality medical services at standards comparable to international guidelines. The objective is to ultimately reduce the number of Nigerians traveling out of the country to seek medical care abroad. The Delta Hospital focuses on special areas such as radiology, minimal access surgeries, orthopedic services, and offers specialized treatments for patients with chronic kidney diseases, which occupies a severe percentage of Nigerians who seek medical care abroad. Kidney transplants will begin to take place in January of next year.

Rendering this level of service requires a well established radiology department. They are one of the first hospitals in Nigeria to acquire a 64-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. The facility is also equipped with a Digital Radiography (DR) department, digital mammography unit, and ultrasound services to aid patient care. Dr. Abraham Inikori, consultant radiologist and director of clinical services and training, Delta State University and Teaching Hospital, further explains the organization’s medical tourism initiative.

Meaningful Use, VNAs, and Addressing the Challenges Each Present

Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 has been a challenge for many healthcare facilities throughout the U.S., but that appears to be especially true for private practice radiologists. Industry statistics show that radiology adoption for MU is still low, and Cristine Kao, global marketing director for HCIS, Carestream, explains that this is an opportunity for education on what Stage 2 adoption means, especially for the private practices.

In addition to MU Stage 2 challenges, Marianne Matthews, chief editor for Imaging Economics, and Kao also dive into the use of vendor neutral archives (VNAs) in hospitals, and provide advice around implementation strategies. The discussion revolves around reducing costs for the hospital, while also being able to improve workflow, from storing the information to providing efficient and secure access.

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Section 179 Tax Deduction: The Hidden Benefit of Capital Equipment Purchases

Brian Moore, Director of Finance, Carestream Dental

Brian Moore, Director of Finance, Carestream Dental

While the ROI benefits of incorporating radiography systems and medical printing solutions into your medical practice or clinic are well known, there are also a number of U.S. tax benefits you may be able to take advantage of as a small business owner.* Thanks to tax deductions passed by the federal government to help small businesses purchase capital equipment and spur economic growth, you are now able to write off a certain amount of your purchases at one time, rather than its depreciated value each year.

This year’s Section 179 deduction allows business owners to write off up to $500,000 on overall capital purchases (up to $2 million). However, this number is subject to change on an annual basis; in fact, it was supposed to decrease to just $25,000 in 2013, but was increased through the American Taxpayer Relief Act legislation. Despite this, the deduction amount is not guaranteed for next year, so you may want to look into purchasing your equipment before December 31 to ensure you lock in this deduction.

To highlight the potential deductions that may apply to you, I have created the following table:

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So, how do these deductions work? Let’s say you purchase $150,000 worth of qualified medical technology. Here’s one way the numbers may break down:

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When it comes to this year’s tax code, time is of the essence. The maximum Section 179 deduction is expected to decrease to just $25,000 in 2014**, so you may want to consider taking advantage of this year’s deduction before the deadline passes.

* Before making any major purchase decisions, please speak to your business accountant or financial adviser.

** This amount is subject to change.

What does the Power of Partnership really mean?

The theme of RSNA 2013 was “The Power of Partnership,” and it didn’t take long to discover that theme throughout the halls among vendors, and in the educational sessions. Greg Freiherr of Imaging Technology News took some time to speak with us at RSNA and provided some insight on what partnership means in the medical imaging space, and the trends he saw at RSNA, as well as what he expects to see heading into 2014. Cultural development in the healthcare environment and the mission to bring the radiologist further into the medical process is what Freiherr saw as being the ultimate goal behind the theme. The video below provides the complete interview that expands on the RSNA theme, and how it was put on display and practiced throughout the week.

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