Category Archives: Technology

News and information about the medical technology we use.

Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 5 – Computer

Jim Johnson   June 27, 2012   Comments Off on Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 5 – Computer

What a day. We “finished” painting at noon – I use quotes because there is still a lot of touch-up to do, trim to install, etc. But at least I was able to get the computer hardware installed. First, I’ll name names. I installed a keyboard/monitor arm and CPU holder from Ergotron. This stuff is nice – well-engineered, high-quality, with… Read more »

Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 4 – Painting

Jim Johnson   June 26, 2012   Comments Off on Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 4 – Painting

Today the boxes arrived! They were supposed to be here on Friday but nothing ever goes as planned. Everything accounted for! We also started painting the walls… almost done now. Bill has been an incredible help here; his father was a house painter and taught him everything he knew.

Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 3 – Electrical

Jim Johnson   June 26, 2012   Comments Off on Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 3 – Electrical

Finally, significant changes in the rads room. We had the film processor removed by Steve at Northwest X-Ray, who returned it to its rightful owners at Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Springfield. After that, Beacon Electric came in and added the new wiring we need – nothing much, just outlets where we need them. Alas, after the processor came out, we… Read more »

Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 2 – Software

Jim Johnson   June 25, 2012   Comments Off on Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 2 – Software

This weekend was supposed to be devoted to installing the software upgrade we need to support digital radiography. Someone once said, “War is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.” Installing an upgrade to a major software package is similar, though on a less intense scale: hours of waiting, clicking “OK” occasionally, punctuated by groans and calls… Read more »

Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 1

Jim Johnson   June 22, 2012   Comments Off on Transitioning to Digital Radiography: Day 1

Phase one of our project is preparation of the room. Our radiography “department” is actually a tiny room about the size of a large broom closet. It barely has enough room for the x-ray table and the chemical processor. The room also houses the clinic’s alarm system, power distribution for the x-ray system, and has a drop-ladder to the clinic’s… Read more »