What are the Most Important Factors to Consider When Evaluating an Equine DR System?

By Digital Radiography

An equine digital radiography (DR) system is a major capital investment for any clinic. If you’re going to spend $50,000 or more on a new modality, it should be just as reliable five years from now as it is today. And as your practice evolves, you’ll need a system that will be able to evolve with you as you grow as a practitioner. But no two DR systems are created equal, and to guide you in this important decision, let’s look at the most important factors to consider when evaluating an equine DR system.

• Ease of Use
• The Right Size Tool for the Right Job
• Manufacturing Quality
• Reliability
• Image Quality

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What Are Laser Users Saying About Laser?

By Laser Therapy

SOUND recently surveyed its entire laser install base to get feedback on their implementation. We asked questions about clinical efficacy, workflow integration, and financial viability. An encouraging percentage (over half) of our installs responded with answers to our questions as well as open-ended feedback.
Our customers reported exciting levels of success across the board, especially with respect to:
• Clinical efficacy
• Decrease in concurrent medication
• Ease of implementation
• Immediate & Sustainable Profitability
• Growth opportunities

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What are the Benefits of Data Integration in Therapy lasers?

By Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is one of the fastest growing modalities in veterinary medicine. This trend started about a decade ago, and now about one in every three clinics employs therapy laser, with hundreds of new clinics implementing lasers every month.
Despite this solid install base, virtually none of the laser manufacturers have built a laser that can integrate into a working veterinary clinic from a data-connectivity perspective. But that landscape is changing, leading to some serious benefits in technician workflow and clinic financials.
Some of these integration points are:
• Practice Management Systems via Modality Work List (MWL)
• PACS Archiving
• Direct to the Pet-Owner Communication

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4 Common Problems with Equine Digital Radiography and How to Avoid Them

By Digital Radiography

A Digital Radiography (DR) system is an exciting investment for any equine practice. What veterinarian wouldn’t jump at the chance to improve patient outcomes, save time, and boost their income? DR can do all three while helping your practice build a reputation for being on the forefront of veterinary medicine.

But like any other modality, DR systems can and do malfunction. The resultant downtime can take its toll on your revenue. Not only are you losing income from DR scans, but perhaps more costly is the income lost from therapy or surgeries that you would have performed had your DR not broken down.

You may already know that the detector panel is the most expensive component of a DR system, and a low-quality panel may produce distorted images and be unreliable. But beyond the panel, the potential day-to-day pitfalls present the highest risk to impeding daily workflow. The most common problems with DR relate to:

• Technical Support
• Workflow Complexity
• Inconsistencies Across Body Parts
• Software Updates

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How Much Does an Equine Digital X-Ray System Cost?

By Digital Radiography

In a perfect world, price wouldn’t be a factor to consider when purchasing a new modality. But most veterinarians simply cannot afford to invest in a DR system unless they are confident that it will pay for itself or, preferably, add to their profits.

Prices for digital X-ray systems range from $40,000 to $80,000 and beyond. That’s a major expense for any practice, but the upfront cost isn’t the only factor to consider; equally important is the ongoing expense of keeping your DR up and running.

Five years from now, will your DR system still be working? Will it be able to support the growth of your practice? Will repairs and ongoing costs wipe out all of your profits? Will the company who sold it to you still be in business?Will the technical support be just as reliable as it was on day one?

If you don’t ask these questions, you will almost certainly regret your purchasing decision. Here are the things about a DR configuration that add cost to the system, and which of these things actually add value (vs. just perceived value):

• Panel Manufacturer
• Image Processing
• Equine Design
• Warranty and Support

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Wired vs. Wireless Digital Radiography in the Veterinary World

By Digital Radiography

The last decade has seen major advancements in wireless technology, the effects of which have certainly rippled through the veterinary industry. Modalities that were once confined to the clinic or even just a power outlet are now portable, lightweight, and just as powerful as their predecessors (or even more so).

In the case of Digital Radiography (DR), there has been a virtual paradigm switch, making wireless systems the new gold standard. The top three reasons wireless DR systems are so popular in the equine veterinary world are:

• Logistical Convenience During Setup & Imaging
• Less Downtime yields More Revenue
• More Advanced Technology

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A Feasible, Reliable Addition to the Equine Veterinary Practice

By Regenerative Laser Therapy

Equine veterinarians are increasingly mobile these days, and not only with respect to their practice as a whole, but in their need to move quickly from horse-to-horse with their equipment. But a veterinarian’s time is money, and so whatever the equipment, it needs to be effective, easy-to-use, and portable. And what if the techs could do it instead? This article will reveal Regenerative Laser Therapy (RLT) as a viable option in the clinic, on the go, or at a show.

• Conditions to Benefit
• Categorizing Conditions
• Price Structure: Packages and Bundles
• Empowering Technicians

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A Comparison of Regenerative Medicine in Equine Veterinary Practice

By Regenerative Laser Therapy

Therapeutics in equine veterinary practice have grown increasingly popular over the last couple years, especially with respect to Regenerative Medicine (RM). Within this subset of tools there is a fairly wide variety of interventions with several degrees of invasiveness, techniques, and effectiveness. In an attempt to better understand the current state of the market Sound commissioned a third-party survey to gauge the following aspects of several currently employed modalities:

• Degree of Integration
• Difficulty/Ease of Logistical Implementation
• Level of Clinical Efficacy
• Financial Success of Incorporation

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Regenerative vs Therapeutic: a Laser is a Laser, right?

By Regenerative Laser Therapy

In the equine veterinary market, where the pathologies are deep-seated, recovery times are longer and patients are more expensive, there is a lot of pressure to fix them quicker. Within the laser market there are several claims at quick-fix solutions, but these systems have a wide variety of parameters and mechanisms. In this article we’ll dive into the main differences…

• Therapeutic Stimulation
• Regenerative Healing
• The Clinical Difference, and
• The Threshold Between the Two

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Regenerative Laser as a Proven Clinical Tool

By Regenerative Laser Therapy

Regenerative Laser is a relatively new tool to an equine veterinarian’s therapeutic arsenal. But then again, so is most of what is now called Regenerative Medicine. Being new, this technology is (and should be) subject to some extra scrutiny, especially as it is trying to permeate in this unregulated, wild-west that is the veterinary world. Good news is that Sound is dedicated to not only being on the forefront of technology, but also doing so responsibly, with evidence to support its decisions. In this article you’ll get a glimpse of three levels of evidence, all of which are necessary, but none of which should be presented without the other.

• Anecdotal Testimonials
• Documented Case Reports
• Double-blinded Study Results

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