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Mohammed Arafat | 21st October, 2021

An article published on Research and Market website stated that the medical equipment maintenance market is projected to reach $74.2 billion by the year of 2026 from USD 45.2 billion in 2021. This growth was caused by the growth in the associated equipment market, which is segmented multi-vendor OEMs(Original equipment manufacturers), single-vendor OEMs, ISOs, and in-house maintenance. This market is primarily driven by the increasing number of diagnostic imaging procedures across the globe. A rise in the prevalence of chronic diseases is also expected to propel the use of advanced imaging equipment and subsequently drive the demand for associated maintenance services.

 

Original equipment manufacturers provide a wide range of maintenance services, such as corrective maintenance, operational maintenance, planned maintenance, etc, with the Preventive maintenance segment accounting for a larger share of the market in 2020.


This type of maintenance is carried out for life support devices/equipment used for diagnosis and treatment, and devices that significantly impact the safety of patients. Examples about that are: defibrillators, ECG machines, pulse oximeters, infusion pumps, and electrosurgical units. Preventive maintenance is critical for equipment present in radiology departments due to mandatory certifications and regulations, and the high cost of equipment. 


The medical equipment maintenance consists of diagnostic imaging equipment, patient monitoring & life support devices, endoscopic devices, surgical equipment, ophthalmology equipment, medical lasers, electrosurgical equipment, radiotherapy devices, dental equipment, laboratory equipment, and durable medical equipment. And this market is divided into CT scanners, MRI systems, X-ray systems, ultrasound systems, angiography systems, nuclear imaging equipment, mammography systems, and fluoroscopy systems.


Mohammed Arafat | 14th October, 2021

During the past two years, the world struggled trying to beat COVID-19 and its aftermath. Thousands died every day, the economy collapsed entirely, local and international flights paused, streets emptied, and offices had no inhabitants. 

 

Just recently, when the vaccines were made and became available, many regions started to breathe. Life started to come back, but slowly, people started to have smiles on their faces, and spirits started to become more optimistic, thanks to the vaccines companies, first responders, and to the patient people who abided with the COVID regulations set by their local governments.

 

Although this very important update improved many main sectors in the lives of millions, COVID created shortages of an array of American medical supplies, not only masks, but also other medical parts and equipment needed at medical facilities. 

 

Many medical experts believe that getting specific types of medical supplies can take up to five months, while it used to take from 3 to 6 weeks before the start of the pandemic.

 

In addition to local and international shipping being delayed, what helped cause this shortage is the shortages of raw materials, like plastics, metals, glass, and electronics. Many American producers are waiting for parts from overseas, which are jammed in seaports.

 

A few weeks ago, the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach stated that a record of more than 60 container vessels were waiting offshore to unload goods, including many that carry raw materials needed for medical products and equipment.

 

Surprisingly, the shortages in supplies cause higher prices, which fuels fears of a wave of sustained inflation according to an article published by Reuters.

 

Some of the backlogs, though, are easing, and things are believed to get better over the coming months, but that does not mean the whole issue will be resolved entirely.

 

Express Systems and Parts Network, Inc, based in Aurora, Ohio, and its staff members are doing their best to be one of the best medical equipment and parts suppliers during these tough times. From a huge warehouse stocked with thousands of parts and complete equipment, to a professional team that knows what they are doing, Express’ goal is customer satisfaction.

 

Mohammed Arafat | 7th October, 2021

According to a research published on October 2nd by Clinical Imaging, many American students are influenced by concerns over having their potential jobs replaced by artificial Intelligence (AI). Many of those medical students are radiology students across the country.

The purpose of the study was to show whether medical students have significant anxiety about pursuing radiology as a career due to fear from AI. The survey was conducted in 32 US medical schools, and 463 students participated in it anonymously. It showed that one out of six students in the US would not choose radiology as their specialty at school because they are scared that AI would replace radiology in the near future.

Dr. Kristin Reeder of the Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter School of Medicine stated that artificial intelligence has a negative impact on American medical students’ choice of radiology as a future career.

“This is a phenomenon influenced by both individual concerns and exposure to AI from the medical community.” He added.

Surprisingly, when medical students get exposed to AI, either at school or at home, they rank radiology lower. However, when they receive education in AI, they mostly will consider radiology as a career.

Reviewing the students’ responses, the researchers found out that half of those students considered radiology as one of their top three choices before the survey was conducted, and less than a third of those students wouldn’t pursue radiology due to fear from AI. This means that the concern toward AI and job decrease was correlated.

In addition, the researchers found out that fear from decreased job opportunities and lack of understanding radiology were associated with ranking radiology lower because of Artificial Intelligence.

The researchers believe that efforts to include Artificial Intelligence in the medical curriculum in the US are underway in small number.

To sum up, although AI has a significant negative impact on US medical students’ choice of radiology as a future career, we all know that it’s clear that artificial intelligence continues to form the future of radiology and what medical students think of it.

Mohammed Arafat | 29th September, 2021

Ultrasound imaging is a medical tool that helps a physician/professional evaluate, diagnose, and treat medical conditions, include but not limited to:

·      Abdominal ultrasound

·      Bone sonometric

·      Breast ultrasound.

·      Heart rate monitors.

·      Doppler ultrasound

·      Echocardiogram.

·      Ophthalmic ultrasound.



The functionality of the ultrasound image is very complicated as it’s based on the reflection of the waves of the body structures. In other words, the amplitudes of the sound signal traveling through the body provide the information necessary to produce a medical image.

 

What are the benefits of ultrasound?

As we mentioned earlier, ultrasound imaging is very essential for daily medical diagnoses. Being the brainchild of engineer Tom Brown and Obstetrician Ian Donald, It has been used for over 20 years, showing an excellent safety record.

 

What are the risks of ultrasound?

Although ultrasound imaging is considered safe when it’s used by professionally-trained providers, it can cause biological effects on the patient’s body. Its waves can heat the body tissues, produce small pockets of gas in body fluids.

Some American organizations advise prudent use of ultrasound imaging in pregnancy. They suggest less use of it for non-medical purposes. 

 

How do you prepare for an ultrasound exam?

Some ultrasound exams require some preparation, such as:

·      During some exams, like gallbladder ultrasound, your doctor may ask that you not eat or drink for a certain period before the exam.

·      During Pelvic ultrasound, you may be required to come with a full bladder based on your doctor’s guidance.

·      Children and elders might have special treatments.

An ultrasound exam, which takes from 30 minutes to an hour, is usually painless. However, you may experience mild discomfort as the sonographer guides the transducer over your body, especially if you're required to have a full bladder, or inserts it into your body.

Mohammed Arafat | 24th September, 2021

Since one of its jobs is to de-install complete imaging equipment and systems and units from the fifty states, Express Systems and Parts Network is opening its arms for one of the most popular CTs in the world. SOMATOM Emotion Eco 16-Slice is a customer-focused philosophy Siemens product that is a huge part of the daily clinical routine. 

 

Whether you are a professional who does business with clinics and hospitals, or a clinician who puts their patient's comfort first, this magical CT's high quality provides uninterrupted patient care and excellent clinical reliability in all of the different circumstances.



While, simultaneously, lowering costs, 16 slice CT is considered one of the most economical CTs, as it has a lower requirement for preventive maintenance.


SOMATOM Emotion Eco 16-slice Configuration Specifications:

Manufacturer: Siemens

System Name: Somatom Emotion 16 (Classic) Square Gantry - RS Eco

Scalable Ref.

Date of Manufacture: 08/22/2003

Serial Number: NA

System Fully Functional? Yes

Condition: 9

Current Service Contract: NA

Console Type: Syngo

Software Version: NA

Software Options List:

Syngo Osteo CT #AWP

Osteo Mattress with Phantom

syngo Dental CT #AWP

WorkStream 4D

Recon Plus

DoseMAP

 

SOMATOM Emotion Eco 16-slice Configuration Features:

Powerful V-engine gradients (30mT/m)

State-of-the-art zero helium boil-off magnet

Parallel Imaging in all directions and head to toe

Reduce acquisition times with PAT factors up to 8

Water-cooled gradient system with 24mT/m and 55T/m/s slew rate

Increased efficiency with linked database, fast reconstruction, WorkStream 4D, and dose reduction with CARE Dose4D

Less downtime with faster installation.

Reduced scheduled maintenance requirements

More than 98% of the materials used can be returned to the flow of recyclable materials

SafeCT Low-dose Solution

16-slice acquisition

Wide range of clinical applications

Fast and efficient with 0.6 second rotation time

Multislice UFC detector

0.75 or 1.5mm slices per rotation in less than 20 seconds

Small diagnostic detail for acquisition

105 millisecond temporal resolution for clear depiction of blood vessels

Scan any anatomy with a single breathhold

Pathology seen from any perspective

Low patient dose


Interested in learning more? Download the system's manual from 
here.