Medical Imaging Resources

X-ray Techniques for the Everyday X-ray Technician

Marcos del Rio

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Today we’ll be going over some pointers for techniques used by x-ray operators. There are a multitude of different settings and uses for an x-ray machine. We’ll teach you the basics of these settings and how they work. so you can feel comfortable when utilizing them. Many technique charts exist showing you the general recommended settings. Ours is right HERE, take a look if you’d like. We’d like to give a more broad understanding of what these settings mean.

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Do I need a wireless or tethered DR panel? Three Key Considerations

Melissa Schwab

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This is a question that comes up often when customers start looking for a new digital x-ray system. There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to digital x-ray systems and sometimes it’s difficult to determine what the best fit for your situation would be, especially if you are new to owning a digital x-ray system. This article will help clarify which situations we recommend a wireless DR panel for and where a tethered DR panel would be a better choice. 

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What are my x-ray system options if I cannot change the electrical in my x-ray room?

Melissa Schwab

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Occasionally, customers have issues with the electrical requirements for x-ray equipment. This can be for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a customer simply does not have the available electric capacity to run the additional dedicated line to the generator; sometimes the landlord will not allow them to change the electrical. Maybe a customer doesn’t want to invest in costly electrical changes if they don’t plan on being in a space long-term. And for some, depending on what changes need to be made, it can be cost prohibitive to make the required electrical changes. Regardless of the circumstances, it isn’t uncommon for a customer to ask if they have options that allow them to use the electrical that is already in the room. This article will give you some insight into what options you may have if you cannot make the required electrical changes to your space but still want to add a digital x-ray system to your practice.  

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Lead Lined Drywall for X-ray Room

Jennifer Hutchison

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Gypsum drywall panels are pressure laminated with permanent adhesive to unpierced sheet lead and arranged to provide effective lead shielding through all joints. Gypsum board panels are secured to studs with drywall screws. Leaded drywall panels will be greater than or equal to the attenuation level specified by the physicist. Leaded dry wall sizes are typically on 5/8” thick or ½” thick 4’ x 8’, 4’x9’ or 4’x10’ sheetrock gypsum wallboard with 49” wide sheet lead rolled up to 7’ or 8’ high. Some typical lead thicknesses are:

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Digital X-ray Equipment

Chad Hutchison

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There are many considerations when it comes to purchasing a digital x-ray system for your practice such as what kind of table you will need, whether to purchase a new or used system, and what type of DR panel is best suited to your needs. There are also financial options to consider, such as whether or not to finance or lease the machine. Let’s explore some of these options in more detail.

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Types of X-Ray Systems

Chad Hutchison

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Imaging solutions have come a long way in recent years and there are now a number of different options available to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes.

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What size room do I need for my digital x-ray system

Melissa Schwab

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What size room do I need for my digital x-ray system? 

We get this question frequently from customers who are looking to add digital x-ray to their offices or from customers who are moving offices and want to make sure they have a room big enough to accommodate their system. The purpose of this article is to give you a bit of guidance on room size as you are planning your digital x-ray room.  While there are several variables that can impact the size of the room you will need for digital x-ray equipment, hopefully, this article will help answer some questions you may have as you are planning your digital x-ray room.  

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What is a DR panel in an X-ray System?

Melissa Schwab

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What is a DR panel?

If you are new to digital x-ray or just beginning your search for a digital x-ray system, it can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of information, some of it is very technical, and there are a lot of potentially unfamiliar terms used. In this article I’m going to take some time to answer a question that I have been asked a few times recently; what exactly is a DR panel? 

In terms of x-ray systems, DR stands for Direct Radiography. You will also see DR as an abbreviation for Digital Radiography. In our x-ray systems, the DR flat panels are the component of the x-ray system that makes the system digital. DR flat panels replace the film in an analog x-ray system and are typically the size of a film cassette. They slide into the space on the bucky where the film cassette would usually be. 

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Everything you need to know to set up an x-ray room

Jennifer Hutchison

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When it comes to x-ray rooms, compliance is key. The good news is that by following a few simple steps, you too can create a workable and compliant x-ray room for your practice.

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