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Is transitioning from Computed Radiology to Digital/Direct Radiology right for my facility?

Transitioning from computed radiology (CR) to digital or direct radiology (DR) has never been easier! We interviewed our medical imagery industry experts to help answer your questions and get you started on the right path for your digital conversion.

Why is it important to change from CR to DR?

Digital Radiology, otherwise known as Direct Radiology, is the future of radiology. More than 50% of facilities have already converted their systems. The United States government’s Meaningful Use Protocols helped to encourage many locations to transition to avoid reimbursements from being dropped.

But that’s not even the best part!

CR to DR conversion means more than just an upgrade to your medical imaging systems. Utilizing a DR system will increase processing time while decreasing patient wait times. This frees your radiologic technologists so they can serve other patients or tend to other jobs within your facility.

Enjoy ease of access to high quality images that can be viewed across multiple types of devices, not just computers! Image quality will increase visibility and access no matter where your team is working.

Is it difficult to move from one room to another?

It is not difficult to move from one room to another. Our team of experts can help you customize your system so it is the right fit for your facility. By transitioning from computed radiology to digital/direct radiology, your team will have ease of access to all their medical images. There are no moving parts needed to be PM’ed and maintained.

Do DR systems increase radiation?

DR systems do not have increased levels of radiation exposure to patients, technicians, or doctors. Utilizing DR means better quality with less radiation to everyone involved.

Is it difficult to change my facility’s equipment from CR to DR?

It can be difficult to change a facility’s equipment from CR to DR. Every system has unique features and functionality. Even more so, not all DR systems are created equal. Thankfully, our team is here to help you make the right decisions that will fit your facility’s system needs.

Can I upgrade from CR to DR using Windows 7?

Our RescueRAD team has consulted with several OEMs for upgrade options for your facility’s equipment which can include X-Ray DR, workstations, and other compatible hardware. Some of the existing hardware and OEM software that is using Windows 7 or older is not compatible with Windows 10. Check out our article over why transitioning to Windows 10 is important here.

This problem will lead to a significant number of radiology departments to be operating outside of HIPAA compliance. Contact our RescueRAD team today for a free consultation!

Is the return on investment higher with DR?

Absolutely. Long term costs are far less for DR systems than with CR. By upgrading your CR systems to DR, you and your team will be able to expedite results and patient thru put will be faster.

Still have questions?

Contact us to speak with our team of industry experts today!

Millions of medical imaging end-users currently have, or by the end of this year will have, operating systems that have a high security risk level. Many facilities are still using a Windows 7 Operating System, or older system, that will no longer be supported by Microsoft as of 10/30/2020 (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/end-of-support/end-of-support-2020).

We highly recommend any Windows 7 OS  or older computer to be upgraded to Windows 10 so that your facility continues to conform to HIPAA guidelines. Equipment systems with unsupported operating systems, such as Windows 7, have a high security risk.

Our RescueRAD team has consulted with several OEMs for upgrade options for your facility’s PC Console which can include X-Ray DR, workstations, and other compatible hardware. Much of the existing hardware and OEM software that is using Windows 7 or older is not compatible with Windows 10.

This problem will lead to a significant number of radiology departments to be operating outside of HIPAA compliance.  Contact our RescueRAD team today for a free consultation!

XtreMed Rebrands to National Imaging Solutions After Acquisition & Announces New Turn-Key Medical Imaging Solution Approach for Clinicians

January 28, 2020

HOUSTON — XtreMed Enterprise kicks off 2020 by rebranding to National Imaging Solutions. The rebrand follows XtreMed’s acquisition by Four Wire Investments in 2019 and an injection of growth capital to deliver on a new strategic vision – to become one of the nation’s leading providers of new medical imaging equipment, service and software solutions.

“We are looking forward to continuing to support XtreMed’s current clients with the same outstanding services they are used to,” says CEO Arleigh Halterman. “Our goal is to become a one-stop-shop for any quick deployment of medical imaging solutions ­– no matter the size, modality or budget. You can expect all of this with a strong focus on honesty, transparency and cooperation.”

National Imaging Solutions will continue to support top medical professionals around the country, providing equipment consultations, servicing and auditing to ensure system performance and uptime at all times. Customers are provided 24/7 technical support with the help of their emergency radiology technicians, a team aptly named RescueRAD.

As a service-disabled military veteran, Halterman says he understands the importance of readily available and high-quality medical imaging. “I know first-hand how patients feel when they need an imaging study done as soon as possible,” he says. “Our job at National Imaging Solutions is to help people and fix things – and the ultimate benefactor of that mission is the patient.”

National Imaging Solutions delivers the fastest response time to clinician’s imaging equipment demands, providing comprehensive services to ensure that they can focus on what they do best – successful patient outcomes.

Arleigh Halterman
info@natimaging.com

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