Edan Medical Launches Acclarix Compact Ultrasound System



The Acclarix AX8 Compact Ultrasound System from Edan Medical

The Acclarix AX8 Compact Ultrasound System from Edan Medical. Image source: edanmedical.com

Edan Medical Launches Acclarix Compact Ultrasound System

Edan Medical has launched Acclarix Compact Ultrasound System, a series of ultrasound imaging devices to be used in the point of care market.

The Acclarix AX8, the first of the series was introduced on 10TH October, 2014 at the 2014 ANESTHESIOLOGY™ meeting, holding at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans.

The product is specially designed to quickly produce exceptional clarity and spectacular image quality, without having the need to adjust imaging controls.

Its high fidelity, high-channel count architecture produces outstanding detail resolution, especially in the process of scanning at depth.

Its color and power Doppler, which is highly sensitive and easy to use, enables the user to be able to quickly spot blood vessels.

It has a continuous and automatic image optimization, which aids the identification of tissue boundaries.

The Acclarix AX8 produces exceptional performance across a wide range of applications, including musculoskeletal, anesthesia, emergency medicine, critical care, interventional radiology, pain management, rheumatology, and surgery.

The Acclarix AX8 also boasts of distinctive design that sets it apart in the industry. Its sleek, compact design aids portability and maneuverability, just as its specially designed HD monitor ensures the best viewing when executing a procedure.

Also, its control panel, which is configurable, enables the user to prioritize their functions.

The design also comes with a dual touch screens that simplifies exam workflow.

Though launched, the Acclarix AX8 is yet to be available commercially as the process for obtaining country-specific clearance is currently in progress.

About Edan Medical Inc.

Edan Medical Inc. is a Sunnyvale, CA, based ultrasound medical products maker. It is a subsidiary of Edan Instruments Inc., a global company located in Shenzhen, China, offering high-quality, innovative medical products and services across the world.

Edan Instruments has been around for over 20 years pioneering a far-reaching line of innovative medical solutions that provide support to a wide range of healthcare procedures, including point-of-care testing, diagnostic ECG, in-vitro diagnostics, and patient monitoring.

The company has spread into 130 countries where its products and services are being sold.

Posted on October 13, 2014

Radiographer Training at the School of Radiologic Technology, University of Florida Health Jacksonville



Radiographer training program

A Radiographer working on a patient. Image source: ufhealthjax.org

Radiographer Training at the School of Radiologic Technology, University of Florida Health Jacksonville

To become a radiographer, the University of Florida Health Jacksonville’s School of Radiologic Technology is one place you can have that dream realized.

The school is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) to offer certificate program for the training of radiographers.

It recently got 8 years accreditation, which is the maximum accreditation duration that can be awarded to any institution.

The radiography program at the School of Radiologic Technology of the University of Florida Health Jacksonville starts in early January of each year and runs for 23 months, and is structured to provide comprehensive academic and clinical training that ensures that students are well grounded for a successful radiography career.

The Kind of Class to Expect at the School

Though the program has accreditation and facilities to train 26 students per session, it normally admits 8-10 annually. This gives each student the opportunity for more attention and support from faculty, which shows in their performance.

A class would usually consist of people from various backgrounds, including individuals making a career change, single parents, and fresh students from college, older adults getting back to work, and retired military people.

The diversity of the student population just shows the opportunity a career in radiography offers anyone to fulfill their dream of not only earning good income, but also of enjoying the satisfaction that comes with knowing that your work is helping people to stay alive.

Your work as a radiographer involves using your knowledge of radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment in creating images that help the radiologist to effectively study a patient’s internal organs as well as bones to be able to diagnose and offer the right treatment to diseases.

Without your contribution therefore, it will be difficult for the radiologist to effectively perform their duty and save lives.

The school provides a great foundation to begin and advance your career in radiography.

Students are expected to attend classes for both clinical and classroom activities on the UF Health Jacksonville campus for a total of 40 hours a week, with clinical rotations lasting for 3 weeks.

Program Completion Rate

The average rate of completing the program over a 5 year period from 2009 to 2013 is given as 81.72% as seen on the school’s website.

11 students began the program in 2009, but 7 graduated; 11 were admitted in 2010 and 10 graduated; 12 admissions in 2011 and 11 completions; 8 students were admitted in 2012 and 6 completed the program; while 8 started the program in 2013 and 7 graduated.

The high rate of students completing the program is a direct testament of the school’s commitment to assisting all students to succeed.

Record of Students Performance in Certification Exams and Job Market

Also, from information obtained from the school’s website, the record of performance of graduates of the School of Radiologic Technology of the University of Florida Health Jacksonville in both the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiology exam and the job market is outstanding.

Between 2009 and 2013, the school recorded 89.4% pass rate on the average in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiology (ARRTR) exam on first attempt.

All 7 students who attempted the example first time in 2009 passed; 9 out of 10 passed in 2010; again 11 out of 11 passed in 2011; also, all 6 passed in 2012; and 4 out of 6 passed in 2013 (one was yet to take the exam as at the time of compiling this information).

For job placement, graduates of the program have achieved an average 82% employment rate within 12 months of graduation over 5 years period from 2008 to 2012.

9 of 9 graduates were employed in 2008 after 12 months of completing the program; 6 of 7 were employed in 2009; in 2010, 7 were employed out of 10; 8 out of 11 were employed in 2011; and 5 out of 6 were employed in 2012.

Benefits to Students

The school provides certain benefits to students when they are admitted to the program. These include insurance, meal ticket, and free packing.

Each student enjoys a group hospitalization insurance policy. The school pays the premium for the student all through the period of their training.

A life insurance policy of $10,000 is also provided at no cost to each student.

Each student also gets a meal ticket for lunch, which they must be use only during scheduled hours, and in the hospital cafeteria.

Students scheduled for clinical shifts will also enjoy free lot parking.
More information can be obtained about the program from the school’s website at ufhealthjax.org

Posted on October 10, 2014

How Ultrasound is Used in the Fight against Breast Cancer



Ultrasound Technician, Kit O’Brien

Ultrasound Technician, Kit O’Brien. Image source: parrysound.com

How Ultrasound is Used in the Fight against Breast Cancer

Even though most people will think of mammograms instead of ultrasounds when discussing breast cancer, the fact is that ultrasound is the first procedure to undertake in a case of breast cancer.

According to Kit O’Brien, who works at West Parry Sound Health Center as ultrasound technician, ultrasound is the first place to call by someone who has a lump in the breast to investigate.

This is because ultrasound is a technique that is highly non-invasive, meaning that it has the capacity to pinpoint the lump area without causing harm to surrounding healthy tissues and reveal its content.

It is not possible to know if a lump is cancerous or not by its appearance, however, ultrasound can recognize if it’s a solid mass, which makes it likely a cancer, or not.

If the mass is suspected to be cancer from what is shown on the screen, it is run through biopsy to confirm it. The ultrasound technician marks the mass for the radiologist.

How Ultrasound Technicians, Radiologists, and Surgeons Work Together

To take out cancer from breast, the three professionals: the ultrasound technician, radiologist, and the surgeon have to work together.

The first place the patient comes is the ultrasound. The ultrasound technician performs what is called “ultrasound guided needle localization”, O’Brien explains. Then the radiologist comes in, prep and freeze the area and makes a nick in the skin using a scalpel.

By looking at the guide under ultrasound, the ultrasound technician helps the radiologist to put it in the right cancer area.

The radiologist will ensure that the hook, which is at the end of the wire, is placed in the middle of the mass.
That done, the patient is taken straight for surgery where the surgeon cuts down the wire and locate the hook and remove the area surrounding the hook, which is the cancer.

Parry Sound Raises Funds to Buy New Ultrasound Machine

Parry Sounds needs $200,000 to buy a new and modern ultrasound machine to replace the one they have used for ten years in diagnosing breast cancer.

The old machine, which uses VHS tape could produce adequate image of what’s under the skin, however, the resolution is lower than what modern machines give.

This means healthcare providers would not see enough detail of the mass, making the process to take longer.

To buy this machine, the center has asked for donations, and has received support from several organizations and individuals who share their commitment in the fight against breast cancer.

From their website, parrysound.com, Parry Sound has received a total donation of $184,835.50 so far, and will soon meet the $200,000 target.

Posted on October 9, 2014