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Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Generators

  • What incoming power do I need to install a high frequency generator?

Depending on the generator, you can install a High Frequency Generator using single phase or 3-phase incoming power. Your electrician will consider the incoming voltage and the amperage required for the generator that you choose to know if your chosen location can support the generator installation.

There are battery-powered generator available in the absence of adequate incoming voltage and amperage. Your GE Walker Sales Consultant can help you choose which generator is best for the x-ray needs of your facility.

  • Is it expensive to upgrade my existing incoming power?

This answer is installation specific. To have a clear and accurate picture of what your cost will be, you should choose the particular generator that fits the needs of your x-ray facility and ask your electrician to provide a price quote. This will minimize any unknown expenses associated with the electrical requirements for your installation and help you determine if the project is reasonable for your budget.

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  • If I plan to move my office in a few years, does it make sense to purchase an x-ray system prior to the move?

An x-ray system is an investment that will last you for many years. Many physicians find themselves choosing to relocate their practices during the ownership period. If you plan a move, GE Walker can install an x-ray system in your current location and move the x-ray system to your new location without jeopardizing your equipment parts warranty. Ask your GE Walker Sales Consultant about the details.

  • How does my exam mix affect the generator that is right for my practice?

Generators are available is various sizes measured in kW output. As the kW increases, the flexibility of
x-ray techniques also increases and so does the cost of the overall system. To choose the best generator for your project, tell your GE Walker Sales Consultant about the types of exams that your facility will be expected to perform on your patients and the expected volume of x-ray patients per day. This is also the time to tell us whether you see upcoming changes in your facility like the addition of a physician(s) or addition of referring physicians and expansion of services. Your GE Walker Sales Consultant will consider your incoming power, your expected exam mix and your budget to help you choose what is right for your individual situation.

  • Do I need to upgrade my generator based on my recent DR purchase?

If you choose your generator based on the needs of your patients, you only need to consider a generator upgrade if your patient requirements change or if you expect to integrate your new DR Solution with your generator. There are many DR Solutions available. Ask your GE Walker Sales Consultant which one is right for your practice.

  • How much will it cost to upgrade my generator?

An x-ray system is built by individual components designed and approved to be used together. There are some upgrades that require additional changes to your x-ray tube, your collimator and/or your high voltage cables. Ask your GE Walker Sales Consultant if other components of your system will need to be upgraded to be used with your desired generator upgrade.

 

Do you have more questions? Contact the experts at G.E. Walker, Inc. (800) 749-2483

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9 TED Talks That Anyone Working in Medical Imaging Should Watch

TED talks, are talks on Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) . Here are some great medical imaging related talks for your information.

 

  1. Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

http://www.ted.com/talks/ramesh_raskar_a_camera_that_takes_one_trillion_frames_per_second

Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

 

  1. Deborah Rhodes: A test that finds 3x more breast tumors, and why it’s not available to you

http://www.ted.com/talks/deborah_rhodes

Dr. Deborah Rhodes developed a new tool for tumor detection that’s 3 times as effective as traditional mammograms for women with dense breast tissue. The life-saving implications are stunning. So why haven’t we heard of it? Rhodes shares the story behind the tool’s creation, and the web of politics and economics that keep it from mainstream use.

 

  1. Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that

http://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_kraft_medicine_s_future

Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient’s bedside.

 

  1. Nick Veasey: Exposing the invisible

http://www.ted.com/talks/nick_veasey_exposing_the_invisible_1

Nick Veasey shows outsized X-ray images that reveal the otherworldly inner workings of familiar objects — from the geometry of a wildflower to the anatomy of a Boeing 747. Producing these photos is dangerous and painstaking, but the reward is a superpower: looking at what the human eye can’t see.

 

  1. Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table

http://www.ted.com/talks/jack_choi_on_the_virtual_dissection_table

Onstage at TED2012, Jack Choi demonstrates a powerful tool for training medical students: a stretcher-sized multi-touch screen of the human body that lets you explore, dissect and understand the body’s parts and systems.

  1. James Watson: How we discovered DNA

http://www.ted.com/talks/james_watson_on_how_he_discovered_dna

Nobel laureate James Watson opens TED2005 with the frank and funny story of how he and his research partner, Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA.

 

  1. Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_howard_the_wonderful_and_terrifying_implications_of_computers_that_can_learn

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.

 

  1. Bill Doyle: Treating cancer with electric fields

http://www.ted.com/talks/bill_doyle_treating_cancer_with_electric_fields

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy — and approved for only certain types of cancer — the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life.

 

  1. Mary Lou Jepsen: Could future devices read images from our brains?

http://www.ted.com/talks/mary_lou_jepsen_could_future_devices_read_images_from_our_brains

As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think.

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By G.E. Walker, Inc.

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G.E. Walker is proud to present Visaris Americas

Increase Workflow Today with the Avanse DR Panel from Visaris Americas

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Avanse DR Features

  • Flexible detector configuration
  • Advanced anatomy driven image processing
  • Automated image stitching
  • Remote device control with smartphone-tablet console
  • Simple three-step exam workflow

Fast, Smart, Simple.

  • Improve diagnostic reliability through higher image quality
  • Reduce exam times with image on-screen in seconds
  • Increase diagnostics flexibility with digital image processing
  • Reduce dose through high sensitivity digital flat panel detector
  • Transition your existing system into DR with minimal investment

Available in configurations with fixed or portable wired and wireless flat panel detectors

http://gewalker.com/product/visaris-americas-avanse-dr-panel/


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RSNA Recap

GEW seeks New Heights in Medical Imaging at the 2015 RSNA

Some of the exciting new offerings to the market include;
Fuji Film Virtual Grid
Virtual Grid processing corrects for the effects of scatter radiation that would otherwise reduce image contrast and clarity for images acquired without an anti-scatter grid.

With the ability to customize its emulated grid characteristics, Virtual Grid provides exam flexibility and eliminates image quality problems that result from improper grid alignment or focus.

Fuji Film D-Evo GL
The all new FDR D-EVO GL DR detector for single exposure long-length digital imaging
Featuring a 17” x 49” field of view, the FDR D-EVO GL saves time, enhances efficiency, image quality and dose for upright long-length radiography exams.

New Mavig Portable Shield
The compact, anatomically formed shield of the model WD261 allows for a close body fit
so that the doctor can move freely throughout the procedure. Due to springs the user can adjust the height of the shield to his own height or working position requested,
at any time i.e. also during the procedure.
The shield was designed to offer sufficient legroom in order to eliminate any risk of injury. The unimpeded use of the control pedal of the x-ray unit accounts for another advantage.

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From Left to Right: Denis Simon (VP of Service), Joe La Motta (VP of Sales), Amber Trombley (VP/GM)

Susan Welter (Summit Industries) and Joe La Motta (VP of Sales)

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Beautiful Chicago from the Navy Pier
We are excited to share what we have learned and discuss how we can support your imaging and patient care needs!
Call us today!
(800) 623-2481

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Who to Follow on Twitter in Medical Imaging Industry

http://www.prlog.org/12511173-who-to-follow-on-twitter-in-medical-imaging-industry.pdf

Who to Follow on Twitter in Medical Imaging Industry
If you are in the medical imaging world, there is information coming from all angles on Twitter. Twitter is only as good as the people or company’s you follow. Below are 7 twitter accounts that must-follows for news, information and product updates in the medical imaging industry that are sure to add value to your Twitter experience.

1. Medical Imaging News       @Imaging_News
This account gathers medical imaging news and consistently provides great content
2. Techno-Aide                       @Techno_Aide
Provides accessories for imaging professionals. Focuses on the needs of radiology technologists and the medical community

3. Aunt Minnie                       @AuntMinnie
An online radiology portal for medical imaging professionals
4. Radiology Jobs                 @RadiologyJob
Tweets out radiology jobs nationwide every hour. Great resource if you need to post an open position
5. Breastcancer.org             @Breastcancerorg
Non-profit organization that provides up to the minute breast cancer information about breast cancer and health
6. MRI in Practice             @mrieducation
MRI Courses and resources by John Talbot and Cathy Westbrook – Purveyors of the World’s Favorite MRI Course, based on the World’s best-selling MRI textbook.
7. Radiology RSNA           @radiology_rsna
Monthly journal devoted to clinical radiology and allied sciences, owned and published by RSNA.

Find us on Twitter at @gewalkerinc for news, updates and product announcements.


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Mozart® System with TomoSpec® : 3D tomosynthesis for breast specimen imaging

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH9soLHtsfc

Mozart® System with TomoSpec® : 3D tomosynthesis for breast specimen imaging

The Mozart® System with TomoSpec® Technology: 3D tomosynthesis for breast specimen imaging.
The Mozart System with TomoSpec Technology from Kubtec, is the only specimen imaging system to offer 2D, 3D and optical intraoperative imaging of breast cancer specimens. The Mozart System has all the advantages of 3D tomosynthesis and displays specimen images the 1mm slice format familiar to radiologists and surgeons using Digital Breast Tomosynthesis in the mammography suite. Visualize and locate the whole tumor, improve margin accuracy and drive down re-excision rates with the Mozart System with TomoSpec Technology. Only from Kubtec

About Us

G.E. Walker, Inc. helps healthcare providers in the Southeast find optimal solutions in the dynamic medical imaging market.

Our distribution agreements with leading manufacturers allow us to bring more competitive options and more technologies than any other single source.

For almost four (4) decades of helping customers design analog solutions, and more recently transition to digital, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise, supported by uncompromising customer focus and strong integrity.

Take a look at some of our past projects!  And see what our customers are saying about us!

 

Our promise to you is better solutions through proven medical imaging technology that works in the real world.

Our goal is to be the best medical imaging partner any healthcare provider could have. Since we offer a full array of equipment, services, and supplies, you have abundant options for designing imaging systems. We represent the product lines of many blue chip medical imaging companies who have proven their leadership through quality, innovation, and competition. The more options we bring our customers, the better.

You will get expert advice on medical imaging system integration from the seasoned consulting teams of G.E. Walker, Inc. Their commitment is to practical solutions that work in the real world.

We not only design systems, we make sure they work every day. We have gained practical knowledge from decades of solving customer problems with all kinds of equipment, therefore our experience is more diverse than any manufacturer or consultant.


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End of Budget Year Spending Tips

The present change in the air coupled with decorations being dug out of storage signals a certain time of year. No, not the holiday season itself, but a timely reminder to facility administrators and purchasing managers they have left over money in their budget, and have to spend it or lose it. A few things to remember when deciding what to use those left over dollars on before it’s too late. Key tips to help you get everything on your wish list in time;
• Get your orders into G.E. Walker, Inc. as soon as possible
o Between vacations and days closed, the lead times increase with many of our manufacturing partners.
If you wait too late, you might not get your orders before the end of the year
• Communication and flexibility upon ordering products is important
o Logistics are often an issue to receive orders by year end, so make sure to communicate any special needs
Access your budget early to help discern where you dollars will be best spent and ensure you have     funds available to meet your needs.
o Because of issues mentioned in the above posts, the earlier you seek to address your 2015 goals and needs the better.


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