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A male radiology technician wears a blue, full-length lead apron, an important radiation protection device for lab staff members.

Radiation Protection Devices — How to Inspect Your Lead

In a previous post about the Texas Department of State Health Services’ required X-ray inspection process, I mentioned the need to present your facility’s Annual Evaluation of Protective Devices (AEPD) documentation to state inspectors. Let’s discuss this evaluation of your radiation protection devices more thoroughly. The radiation protective devices referred to in the AEPD are…
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A blue X-ray protection device is shown on a white background. Protection equipment is an important part of any X-ray inspection.

X-ray Inspection: Be Prepared for the Inevitable

If you have an X-ray machine at your medical practice or facility, you can rest assured that the inspector will, at some point, be paying you a visit. These inspections, conducted by the Department of State Health Services, are random and unannounced. If you’re not ready for them, you can expect to find yourself in…
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A woman wearing scrubs pushes a large, wheeled portable X-ray machine. Portable X-ray machines offer a number of benefits that increase patient care.

Portable X-ray Machines: 4 Benefits That Increase Patient Care Potential

Conventional radiology rooms serve a definite purpose in patient care. However, despite their enormous capabilities, these fixed locations are not without their limitations. Many medical practices are turning to the benefits of portable X-ray machines to increase versatility, add convenience, and improve their patient care capabilities. The benefits of portable X-ray machines include the following:…
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Pictured are the hands of someone in a lab coat writing on a clipboard with computer, glasses, a phone and computers on the desk. The doctor is perhaps calculating his Section 179 deduction for medical equipment.

The Section 179 Deduction: Money-Saving Opportunities

When we hear the words IRS and tax deductible, most people cringe. We instinctively prepare ourselves to be confused and overwhelmed with complicated rules. Actually, the Section 179 Deduction that allows you to deduct business purchases (like medical equipment) isn’t so complicated. Section179.org, a website that’s dedicated to making it easier to understand, explains it…
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A woman using a digital radiographic plate — there are a few differences between plates.

Digital Radiography Detectors — What You Need to Know

Digital radiography detectors are X-ray capture devices developed to replace the film and chemical development processors used by conventional analog X-ray technology. Digital radiography technology provides a number of advantages, such as the following: Increased speed Superior image quality Immediate image acquisition Option for immediate retakes as needed All of these advantages combine to produce…
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A detailed image of the insides of a digital radiography plate — upgrading to digital radiography is now easier than ever

Upgrading to Digital Radiography — Now Is the Time

When digital radiography hit the scene a little over a decade ago, it promised a lot of upside when compared to conventional analog X-ray technology. There were certainly a lot of benefits to going digital, including: Increased safety through reduced radiation Superior X-ray image enhancement Enhanced X-ray image quality Reduction of required storage Elimination of…
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