When making major purchases as far as modalities is concerned you have to take into account radiation exposure. X-Ray machines, CT scanners and much of imaging is dependent on radiation for the purpose of rendering a proper image. While the levels of radiation for testing are often minimal for immediate negative effects, there is a concern that on a patient by patient basis there may well be a possibility that repeated exposure may lead to a future case of cancer.
When setting up urology equipment the concern should be no less as radiation is required when performing tests with a specialized flouro machine. A urology system is meant to help diagnose everything from basic conditions, to complex conditions, and it helps create the proper treatment, even if it means interventional procedures. Radiation is a concern that’s important to explain to patients. There have been multiple stats cited about the dangers of radiation and the possible future numbers reaching close to 29,000.
There are new technologies that are gaining a lot of traction in terms of using lower radiation doses without sacrificing image qualities. It’s important to properly tell patients what the dosage will be and the minimal immediate risks measured against the long term benefits. While it’s important that the patient understand the benefits, it’s equally as important to have an accurate history in order to ensure that any unknown risks from exposure are properly addressed.
Ultimately it’s important for the physician and his staff to understand the minimum dosage of radiation that can be used in an effort to create accuracy with little to know risk. This type of knowledge is invaluable and will make a great addition to a practice nearly crucial to its success. It’s also important to know and understand that if you are purchasing a refurbished urology system, or any other modality, you can control levels and doses of radiation because these systems work as well, and in many cases, more effectively than new systems.
If you have any questions with regards to refurbished urology systems or any other modalities, please feel free to give us a call. Our team of experts here at Amber Diagnostics looks forward to answering any questions that you may have from acquiring a system, to proper upkeep after purchase and any other questions you may have.
John (JB) Brant