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.
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The following commentary explains some important changes with the CMS decision on PET scan reimbursements:
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.
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 patients 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 patients particular medical problem and thereby avoid any unnecessary radiation exposure.
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!
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
As new information becomes available, its 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.