Slice CT vs. Cone Beam CT: Which Is Best for Your Veterinary Practice?

By Portable CT

There are three primary reasons veterinarians make the decision to invest in a computed tomography (CT) scanner: to uncover previously un-diagnosed pathologies, to unlock the benefit of interventional treatments, and to improve clinical outcomes. This is an investment into the standard of care and economic success of your clinic.

You may already know that there are two types scanners on the market that produce volumetric image data: slice CT (also called “traditional CT”) and Cone Beam scanners. Each of these technologies has its pros and cons, but the two principal differentiators with respect to image quality and logistics are:

• Motion Artifacts
• Contrast Resolution

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New vs. Refurbished vs. Reconditioned CT: Which Is Right for Your Veterinary Practice?

By Portable CT

Like any other business purchase, your goal when choosing a Computed Tomography (CT) scanner for your practice should be to find a system that has the features you need while paying as little as possible. It is important to remember, though, that there is more than just the upfront price of the equipment that goes into the overall cost of ownership. In fact, extended warranty and service make up about 35% to 50% of the total cost of a CT over a 10-year period—and if you’re buying a CT, you want it to last about that long. A CT scanner is a sizable investment for even the busiest veterinary clinics, and so to reduce the upfront cost, the veterinary industry has evolved to offer scanners that fall into two main categories:

• New
• Used
• Manufacturer Refurbished
• 3rd Part Reconditioned

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Could CT Injure a Veterinary Patient Due to Radiation Exposure?

By Portable CT

Radiation exposure is a common concern among veterinarians whose practices rely heavily on computed tomography (CT) diagnostic imaging. An important distinction, however, is the characteristics of the patient. Much research (and marketing) is done in the human medical world, and rightfully so. But when this is copy-and-pasted into veterinary marketing, some simple concepts are overlooked. Before we discuss how much radiation exposure is too much, it is first important to know that the risk of biological damage is dependent on a patient’s total exposure to radiation over time, and not from a single scan.

• Radiation Exposure per scan type
• Effects of Radiation vs Other Factors on Life Span
• Technique Advice

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How Much Should Veterinarians Charge for Laser Therapy?

By Laser Therapy

You may already know that laser therapy improves patient outcomes by preventing inflammation and scarring, speeding up recovery time, and reducing pain. What you may not know, though, is how much to charge for laser treatments to maximize your return on investment while keeping your prices reasonable for clients.

Without a fee schedule, you might wind up losing revenue by undercharging or leaving laser therapy off the invoice entirely. Every time you administer laser therapy for free, you devalue your services, and the client will expect the treatment to be free in the future.

Below is a guide to help you create a fee schedule based on national-median pricing:

• Post-Surgical Incisions
• Oral Treatments
• Wounds
• Surgeries
• Acute Traumas
• Chronic Pain Conditions
• Benefits of Offering Laser Therapy Bundles

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What Conditions Can Veterinarians Treat with Class IV Laser Therapy?

By Laser Therapy

You probably know at least one veterinarian who uses laser therapy. You may have even asked DVMs in your referral network which conditions they treat with Class IV therapy lasers.

Chances are, each response was unique in some way, but you’ve probably heard of the high-efficacy applications such as chronic pain syndromes, post-surgical incisions, ear infections, and rehab cases. The truth, however, is that the list of applications gets longer by the day as more veterinarians are successfully exploring new uses of Class IV lasers.

• The basic science
• The more “fringe” conditions
• The biggest mistake
• Keeping laser on the brain (or your staff and clients)

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Therapy Lasers: A Survey of Pre- and Post-Sale Concerns

By Laser Therapy

The concerns of implementing laser therapy
To get a clear picture of the therapy laser market, the Customer Experience team at Sound Technologies Inc. surveyed 130 veterinarians to determine why some DVMs are hesitant to invest in laser therapy while others have already taken the leap. We asked:  

• Have you already purchased a therapy laser?
• What were the top reasons for making a purchase or not making a purchase? 
• Prior to purchase, what were your top concerns?
• If using a therapy in-clinic now, how many times a week is it used?

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Meet TOBI: An Automated Technician to Help You Master doctorVET

By Laser Therapy

Since veterinary laser therapy was first introduced in 2006, it has been one of the fastest growing modalities in the veterinary profession. Class IV lasers have revolutionized wound treatment and pain management, and they are beneficial for nearly 80% of veterinary patients.

However, DVMs who are new to laser therapy often do not know how to adjust the intensity, wavelength, and pulse frequencies to maximize the efficacy of various treatments. A small mistake when adjusting these parameters or administering a treatment could reduce the effectiveness of laser therapy or, in extreme cases, injure the patient.

• Why parameters matter
• Organization of the GUI
• Teaching as you Treat
• Consistency above all else

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What is the best way to implement laser therapy into your practice? At first? And over time?

By Laser Therapy

There are many different ways clinics have chosen to integrate this new modality into their standard workflow. Not every strategy works for everyone. But it is VERY IMPORTANT to have a plan, whatever that may be.

To follow are several implementation strategies. Some of these are not compatible with the others, but these are meant to be an idea-base for the decision at your clinic.

• Patients Currently on Chronic Pain Medications
• Conditions with Highest Efficacy Confidence
• ALL Post-Surgical Incisions At Low Cost
• EVERYTHING that Walks Through the Door at Low Cost
• Everyone While They Wait For Free

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How Much Does a Veterinary Therapy Laser Cost?

By Laser Therapy

Most veterinarians are now aware that laser therapy has a multitude of therapeutic and surgical applications. Nearly 80% of patients would benefit from laser therapy in some way, which is why many DVMs charge for it as part of the standard office visit.

Like any new modality, your goal when purchasing a therapy laser should be to spend the least amount of money on a laser that has the features your practice needs to optimize the clinical results and maximize your return on investment. With so many lasers to choose from, though, accomplishing that goal is no easy feat.

In this article, we’ll examine the primary factors that affect the price of a therapy laser and help you separate the features you need from the frills that increase the cost without adding value for your practice.

• Power Output
• Value-Added Features
• Multiple Wavelengths
• Sophisticated Software
• Patient History File System
• Training

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8 Things You Need in a Therapy Laser and 8 You Don’t

By Laser Therapy

Veterinarians have no shortage of options when it comes to Class IV therapy lasers. Although you should certainly consider your budget when comparing the options, your primary concern should be the needs of your practice.

Which types of animals and injuries do you currently treat? Which do you plan to treat in the future? How do specific features of a particular laser improve its usability, versatility, or efficacy?

The answers to these questions will help you identify the best therapy laser for your practice. Below, we’ve listed eight things most practices need in a therapy laser—and eight things that you can go without.

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