BC Technical Signs Agreement with HealthTrust

POSTED BY Rachel Masey ON Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 09:45 AM


BC TECHNICAL SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH HEALTHTRUST

-TO PROVIDE REFURBISHED MEDICAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT

West Jordan, Utah—January 21, 2014—BC Technical, a leading non-OEM medical imaging solutions provider, announced today that it has been selected by HealthTrust as a provider for refurbished medical imaging equipment for the 1,400 acute care facilities that are part of the HealthTrust membership.

Need a stress test? Should you use Lexiscan?

POSTED BY Rachel Masey ON Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 09:15 AM


Lexiscan, stress test

What makes Rb-82 significant?

POSTED BY Rachel Masey ON Fri, Sep 13, 2013 @ 02:06 PM

“No one has found the worth of the ruby of the heart; its value cannot be estimated.”

Find your VOICE: Radiation Safety

POSTED BY Rachel Masey ON Mon, Jul 22, 2013 @ 02:14 PM

If you need VOICE credits, or are simply interested in exploring new imaging topics, BC Technical is your partner for success. We offer monthly webinars that can be accessed at your convenience. Each course is worth 1 VOICE credit and has been developed by our Clinical Support Specialists.

Our current webinar topic: Radiation Safety

          REGISTER NOW FOR IMMEDIATE ACCESS! CEU, webinar, voice, ARRT, ASRT

  Register for Webinar

 

 

Systems, Service, and Parts solutions for NM, SPECT, SPECT/CT, PET, PET/CT, CT, and MRI

 

CMS Decision on PET Scan Reimbursements

POSTED BY Rachel Masey ON Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

The following commentary explains some important changes with the CMS decision on PET scan reimbursements:

ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY

POSTED BY Rachel Masey ON Wed, Jun 5, 2013 @ 11:42 AM

BC Technical will be exhibiting at: 

SNMMI Annual Meeting - Booth #1314

Vancouver BC, Canada
June 8-11, 2013      

BC Technical Acquires NC Systems

POSTED BY Alicia Bostic ON Thu, May 9, 2013 @ 11:41 AM

NC Systems Acquires NC Systems

Nuclear Medicine Fact Sheet

POSTED BY Rachel Masey ON Mon, Oct 8, 2012 @ 09:42 AM
What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine specialists use safe, painless, and cost-effective techniques to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique, because it provides doctors with information about both structure and function. It is a way to gather medical information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease long before many medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease. In imaging, the radiopharmaceuticals are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide very precise pictures about the area of the body being imaged. In treatment, the radiopharmaceuticals go directly to the organ being treated.


What is PET?
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a major diagnostic imaging modality used in determining the presence and severity of cancers, neurological conditions, and cardiovascular disease. It is currently the most effective way to check for cancer recurrences. PET images demonstrate the chemistry of organs and other tissues such as tumors. A radiopharmaceutical, such as FDG fluorodeoxyglucose), which includes both sugar (glucose) and a radionuclide (a radioactive element) that gives off signals, is injected into the patient, and its emissions are measured by a PET scanner.
PETCT
What do nuclear medicine professionals do?
A nuclear medicine technologist is a highly skilled professional who performs nuclear medicine examinations using specialized equipment to produce high-quality images of structures inside the human body. After the examination, the technologist reviews the images and the patient’s history with a physician trained in the interpretation of nuclear medicine procedures that renders a final diagnosis. Both physicians and technologists are supported by specially trained physicists and pharmacists who ensure the reliability and quality of the instruments and safety of the radiopharmaceuticals used in the performance of nuclear medicine exams.


How do I know if I am receiving high-quality care?
Ask if your nuclear medicine technologist is certified. Certified technologists have demonstrated that they have specific training and experience to perform a nuclear medicine examination accurately. In order to maintain their certification, technologists are required to earn continuing medical education credits each year, which helps ensure that they are current with nuclear medicine technology and patient care skills. Ask if the nuclear medicine practice you are visiting is accredited. Practices that have obtained accreditation have demonstrated competency in every aspect of their operation, including the education and training of doctors and technologists, nuclear medicine equipment, document storage, policies safeguarding patients, and accuracy in diagnosis.


How safe are nuclear medicine procedures?
Nuclear medicine procedures are among the safest diagnostic imaging exams available. To obtain diagnostic information, a patient is given a very small amount of a radiopharmaceutical. Because such a small amount is used, the amount of radiation received from a nuclear medicine procedure is comparable with that received during a diagnostic x-ray. The nuclear medicine team will carefully perform the most appropriate examination for the patient’s particular medical problem and thereby avoid any unnecessary radiation exposure.

BC Technical Online Training for CE Credits!

POSTED BY Rachel Masey ON Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 09:41 AM
In order to provide the best patient care, health professionals must invest in educational opportunities that give them up to date knowledge and skills. Within the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging field,Technologists are required to earn 24 CE credits every two years by completing approved educational activities.  However, continuing education is not just a requirement for certification. It increases the chances of the best possible results for patient care. New discoveries in health care are made every day. Health care providers have the opportunity to learn new skills, gain new information, and put them to work for the benefit of their patients.

BC Technical is proud to offer continuing education opportunities to help you achieve your highest level of health service for your patients. Beginning this fall, we will offer multiple online courses. All CE courses are approved by The Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging for Category A credit. 

Recently, BC Technical, Inc. attended the Viva Las Vegas show – SNM Pacific Southwest Technologists Chapter. Ava Bixler, our molecular imaging Clinical Product Specialist, presented on Radiation Safety. If you missed out, here is a highlight from her speech.

Did you know?

Because they contain low levels of minerals that naturally decay, bananas are radioactive. The fruit contains high levels of potassium. Radioactive K-40 has an isotopic abundance of 0.01% and a half-life of 1.25 billion years.

The average banana contains around 450 mg of potassium and will experience about 14 decays each second. It's no big deal; you already have potassium in your body, 0.01% as K-40. We know that bananas are an essential part of proper nutrition and proven to help with stress, anemia, depression, hangovers, morning sickness, and many other heath issues.However, can your body handle the radiation?

Eating a banana for breakfast is not going to set off a Geiger counter. However, if you carry a produce truck full of them, you might encounter some problems!

Interesting Facts:

Banana Equivalent Doses

500 Million = Ten minutes next to Chernobyl reactor core after explosion and meltdown

80 Million = Fatal dose even with treatment

20 Million = Severe radiation poisoning, fatal in some cases

500,000 = Maximum legal yearly dose for a US radiation worker

70,000 = Chest CT scan

40,000 = Ten years of normal background dose, 85% of which is from natural sources

4000 = Mammogram

1000 = Approximate total dose received at Fukushima Town Hall in two weeks following accident

400 = Flight from London to New York

300 = Yearly release target for a nuclear power plant

200 = Chest X-ray

50 = Dental X-ray

1 = Eating a banana
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As new information becomes available, it’s important for professionals to learn, not only for their own growth, but also for the benefit of the client. This is especially true in health care, as it has a significant impact on the health and well-being of patients. Customers in health care are not purchasing a product; they are gaining a better quality of life and potentially more years of healthy existence as a result of the knowledge of their health care providers. ­­