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Chelsea showing her excitement over a new Mini C-Arm

IntegrityMed TV? Yes we have videos!

David Denholtz
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 22:28

We have a very enthusiastic and telegenic young staff who love to show off each imaging system that comes through our doors.    We call the videos they make IntegrityMed TV !  Click here to check out the videos.

 

 

Integrity Client Buys 2nd GEMSS Spinel-3G C-Arm-- Installed January 2017

David Denholtz
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 22:31

The new GEMSS (previously Comed) C-Arm, the Spinel-3G is a fantastic C-Arm, with great image quality at at half the price of a new GE 9900.

Our clients in Pennsylvania are big fans of the equipment, having recently purchased a second unit from Integrity for their new location.

 

C-Arm Accuracy and Safety: Proper Calibration is Key

David Denholtz
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 11:00

Ready to buy a refurbished C-Arm? How do you know the system you are purchasing is accurate and calibrated?

C-Arm dose reduction is a big topic today, and a key component of this is proper calibration of your refurbished C-Arm to insure correct output and accuracy.  We need radiation to make good images, but we need to make certain that we use "just enough." Protecting patients, technicians, and physicians is key to this, as we insure they these people aren’t receiving a larger than necessary dose.

Finishing the final touching on our installation.

Is The Philips Allura Xper FD20 A Great Cath Lab?

David Denholtz
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 01:44

Is The Philips Allura Xper FD20 A Great Cath Lab?

The quick answer to the question posed above is— yes, absolutely.  The longer answer is detailed below.

It seems like we get calls every week asking us which interventional cardiac and vascular lab we would suggest.

The answer is always two-fold:

1. What is your budget?

2. What studies do you plan on performing?

Let’s make contact at RSNA 2015 in Chicago!

Rhonda Johnson
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 01:42

Integrity Medical marks its 26th year at the RSNA.

We would love to meet you and discuss your refurbished equipment needs for the coming year.

David Denholtz has meetings available on Monday, November 30, Tuesday, December 1, and Wednesday, December 2

A BAD BAD Hologic Tank Membrane-- spotty with leaky oil.

Is it a Tube? Is it a Tank? It’s the Hologic DEXA Tube/Tank Assembly!

David Denholtz
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 11:00

Hologic makes a great Bone Densitometer. As a matter of fact, from their QDR-4500 series introduced in 1995, to their Discovery series, still manufactured today, Hologic has arguably had the most reliable DEXA scanner on the market.

And a lot of that reliability has to do with Hologic’s X-ray Tube and High-Voltage Tank assembly. As the beating heart of the Hologic DEXA, the X-Ray tube is enclosed in an oil-filled tank, which both cools the tube and prolongs its life.

Since these two assemblies are inextricably connected, both literally and figuratively, you can’t separate one from the other. This is why you’ll hear some people call this assembly a tank, while others call it a tube. Really, it is both!

Is Your CT Scanner XR-29 Compliant? And If Not, Why Not?

David Denholtz
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 11:00

If your imaging center or or free-standing facility owns a CT Scanner— or is thinking about buying one— and you don’t yet know what XR-29 is, you should read this blog soon, if not today.

 

The new radiation standard for CT set by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and its Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) divisionis officially called "XR-29 Standard Attributes on Computed Tomography Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management.” More commonly known as just XR-29and/or MITA SmartDose, it was created in response to a 2009 FDA report that approximately 200 patients in an 18-month period received radiation doses far in excess of protocol.

Beginning in 2016, CT scans performed on machines that are not compliant with XR-29 will receive a 5 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement. That reduction increases to 15 percent if CT machines still aren’t compliant in 2017.

Ugly, burned-in OEC Monitors. THEY HAVE GOT TO GO!

Slim Down & See Clearer: GE/OEC 9800 Flat Panel LCD Monitors

David Denholtz
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 11:00

Slimming Down and Seeing Clearer: Better Images with a GE/OEC 9800 Flat Panel LCD Monitor Upgrade

If you are like many GE/OEC users today who have an older 9800 C-Arm, you are probably tired of looking— or perhaps squinting— at those bulky old CRT Monitors. And if your 9800 has been around for a while, it will definitely have some serious “burn-in” by now. In addition, as they age, most older CRT monitors just simply get dimmer and dimmer, lose contrast, and can no longer be adjusted any brighter or clearer.

Unfortunately, the original 9800 CRT monitors are no longer manufactured, and they have become very scarce, if not impossible to find on the secondary market.

3 Valuable Tips to Help You Avoid Costly Ultrasound Probe Damage

Rhonda Johnson
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 11:00

I got an urgent phone call from one of my practice managers today, and even though I always love to speak to her (she’s one of those incredibly capable, can-do administrators who is worth her weight in gold at a busy Dallas women’s health clinic) my heart sank when she told me what she needed – she had a cracked ultrasound probe. Again. For the second time this quarter. And it would cost her hundreds of dollars in repair and shipping costs – not to mention the patient downtime – to get it fixed.

After a Skype session with me and our ever-amazing technician, Will La Torre, my practice manager friend was able to identify the damage, brainstorm the problem, and ultimately trace her ultrasound probe performance issues to recent staff changes – the ultrasound technician she had hired in May simply hadn’t had the rigorous training in ultrasound probe use, care, cleaning, and storage that makes the difference between a long-lasting ultrasound probe, and one that needs to be repaired – or even replaced – all too frequently. But my friend in Dallas isn’t alone – the life of your ultrasound probes is literally in the hands of the techs and staff members who come into contact with the equipment.

Are You Ready for ICD-10? It’s Not Too Late To Do These 5 Things

Rhonda Johnson
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:00

Physicians, practice managers, clinics, and hospitals are counting down to October 1, 2015, the day that new health care coding requirements go into effect. The new catalog of codes, from the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases – or ICD-10, for short – will include 80,000 diagnostic codes, up from the 14,000 codes that are currently used. Originally scheduled for use beginning October 2013, the Obama Administration delayed ICD-10 until October 2014, and then Congress kindly gave healthcare providers another year, until October 2015. That date, dreaded by large hospitals and single-physician facilities alike, is now upon us.

Are you ready for ICD-10? Perhaps you, like many larger hospitals and healthcare provider groups, have been planning for the change for years, hiring consultants, training staff, and installing multi-million dollar IT systems to handle the transition. After all, vital revenue streams will be at risk. From the start of business on Thursday, October 1, claims for any procedure not using the new codes will be denied by health insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid. Yes, doctors, clinics, and hospitals will be able to resubmit claims denied due to incorrect coding, but the extra time and effort to resubmit will cost valuable staff time, and delay reimbursements. And we all know what that means – your cash flow could end up gasping for breath.

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