Buying a refurbished ultrasound machine? Check this out!

In recent years, the medical imaging equipment market has become more democratic yet more sophisticated. More and more providers who want to start their own diagnostic business are looking to buy refurbished ultrasound machines. A used machine can be a good start since it helps save money that is essential for small businesses. We have discussed the opportunity of buying refurbished equipment with our customers and partners and created a short checklist of crucial things you need to know before purchasing a refurbished ultrasound unit.

1. Portable or stationary? The machine you…


Today, diagnostic specialists enjoy multiple benefits that modern technologies offer. Tools such as portable ultrasound machines, special-purpose software, and PACS solutions are currently gaining popularity among sonographers, who often choose to go mobile. However, successful use of these innovations depends on specific technical skills, which may lie beyond the qualifications of medical specialists, at least at the initial stage. As a result, practitioners require assistance in operation, settings, and troubleshooting. Of course, all of the leading vendors provide support for their products and their representatives are reliable, competent, and service-minded. …


How to maximize revenue by using X-ray transportation codes?

Today, we’re going to speak about x-ray transportation codes. Portable diagnostic equipment is gaining popularity. These machines are reliable and affordable and they help businesses cut office service expenditures besides. Moreover, mobile diagnostic services are often more convenient for patients than scheduled visits and in some cases are the only way to reach patients. However, there is one issue — transportation costs.

Mobile imaging operators use vans or other vehicles to transport their imaging equipment. Sometimes they need to travel many miles and spend hours getting to a site. There are…


Teleradiology is the transfer of medical images via information technologies. It has a long history (much older than the Internet). But before the 1990s it was not widely used because of the expense, inefficiency, and poor image quality. Today, the development of IT has reversed this trend. Now teleradiology guarantees an increase in imaging procedures by up to 6–12% annually.

If you deal with X-rays, ultrasounds, or CTs, you surely know about DICOM, PACS, and RIS, and utilize these tools in your practice. These means of image transfer are quite common. …


Today, a growing number of patients wish to have access to their health information. There are several reasons for that. They may need to change a doctor, learn a second opinion or just want to get control of their health records and feel independent of their providers. Whatever the reason, the Right to be Informed and the Right to Information are provided by law and the norms of professional ethics. Therefore, medical businesses should give patients access to their info. However, there are some transferability and privacy issues.

So, what are the ways of sharing medical info with patients?

Addressing…


HIPAA compliance is an existential issue for medical businesses, especially if they use special-purpose software and mobile applications (e.g. mobile imaging operators). HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), adopted in 1996, includes a set of legal requirements for protecting sensitive patient information from unauthorized access or leakage. Medical institutions, their staff, and software they use must meet the criteria of physical, network, and process security. Today we will review a few common security tools used to protect data exchange in imaging diagnostics.

TLS (Transport Layer Security) is an encryption protocol which provides secure data communication between network nodes. It…


Reporting, retrieving, and communicating clinical findings are among the most important capabilities of any diagnostic information system. The conservative way of preparing and storing clinical reports is keeping them as free text. Such reports (digital or paper) are not exactly “unstructured,” as they typically include several mandatory sections: patient demographics, clinical findings, measurements etc. Still, they make it rather difficult to find specific details or compare records made by different specialists.

Imagine a situation where a patient needs to change a physician (say, he or she has moved to another town). The new doctor needs to review the patient’s medical…


Discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan (Central China), a new сoronavirus infection named COVID-19 has rapidly spread to the rest of the world and become the first global pandemic of the 21st century. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019 Novel сoronavirus (2019-nCoV) disease outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The official name of the disease was announced on February 11, 2020.

As we write this article, there are about 500,000 confirmed cases; over 65,000 have occurred in the USA. Fatality rate has already exceeded 7% in Italy, and the situation is provoking…


An introduction to cloud-based PACS for mobile diagnostic operators

Mobile diagnostic imaging is in high demand by many practices and doctors who are looking to expand their services to new locations and avoid the cost of maintaining an in-house diagnostic lab. Portable diagnostic equipment makes it possible for X-ray technicians and sonographers to travel between facilities. At the same time, it delivers image quality comparable to that of stationary equipment. However, today’s technology has a lot more to offer to mobile diagnostic operators than just portable ultrasound machines and X-ray appliances. In this article, we’ll take a look at one useful tool that can help your mobile imaging business work more efficiently — web-based PACS.

Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have become a vital part of the IT infrastructure of many healthcare organizations. PACS software allows to capture, store, view and share all types of medical images within local networks. This provides a great number of advantages, including long-term storage, easy search, and image transfer via the network (which is much faster and cheaper than burning CDs).

However, if you are considering getting your own PACS server as a mobile imaging operator, you may face at least the following difficulties:

Maintenance is expensive. Even if you’re a small business, medical images are a heavy…


Today, rapidly developing healthcare technologies inspire more players to enter the market of diagnostic services. A lot of new solutions are now quite affordable — from wireless connections and secure PACS to compact portable machines. Some companies even create transducers which can be connected to a smartphone! However, this encourages competition among medical businesses. The competition leads to an increase in quality-to-price ratio and makes physicians with vast experience reframe their views on management and reconsider their diagnostic methods. Innovations are no substitute for the medical expertise, and still, a lot of healthcare enterprises with decades of practice and spotless…

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