November 2009
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AAEP-Join Us!
Lodi Veterinary Spotlight
Best Practices
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Be sure to visit our  Support Services Site for online training sessions that range from "Navigating Metron" to multiple "Guided Mark-Up" topics. 
Support Services Tips 
From Support Services

Setting up a separate viewing station with Metron can be easy! You have the option to set up 1 or 2 other computers for viewing only purposes. We encourage you to call us at 1-877-638-3868 or email us.  We will answer your questions and provide you with the setup instructions for your practice.

AAEP-Booth #536
Las Vegas 
Trade Show
If you are attending AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) - come and see us (Booth #536) in Las Vegas.  We would love to meet you in person and welcome the opportunity to receive feedback on your Metron implementation as well as show you some of the new features!
Did You Know?
Sand Hoof Prints
Metron guides you to mark-up hoof radiographs (lateral and DP) to obtain 17 measurements of the hoof, and also for hoof photos (3 views) for 24 more measurements.  
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Additional training sessions available at our Support Services Site.

What's in the Metron Product?
Dental Chart Vertical
Metron has Dental Charts for Equine and Companion Animal allowing you to indicate the location of the image within the animal's mouth.  These charts are used to generate the proper image annotation on both intraoral radiographs, as well as intraoral photos. 
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Welcome to the Metron Imaging Software Newsletter!

Some of you have been using Metron for years and some of you are new to the family but I would like to thank you for using Metron.  For all of you, we are starting a newsletter. The goal is to provide you with Metron related articles, special topics, and best practices that will help you and your patients.
Metron was started in 1999 by Monique Craig and me as a result of her horse having hoof problems.  Based on the research and design work on bio-mechanics that we had done, Metron was developed to have an automated way to calibrate radiographs and perform key hoof measurements.  We have done years of research with a number of equine podiatry experts and have received a patent for our measurement techniques.  In the beginning, Metron was specific to the equine hoof but we have expanded and now the Metron product applies to Companion Animal, Dental and, of course, Equine.  From the ground up, this is uniquely a Veterinary product.
We are very excited about the response to the new Metron Version 5.  This new version is faster, produces even better images, and has even more of those great features that veterinarians need. 
Many of you have already spoken with the Metron Support Services team.  This support is performed by DVMConnexx and I encourage you to visit with them and/or be sure to visit the Support Services Site for online training sessions, support documentation and continuous new information.
Please feel free to contact us for any feedback on the newsletter, the support services website, or the Metron application itself.
John Craig
EponaTech LLC   
Practice Spotlight
Lodi Veterinary Dr. Kolb states, "I rely on Metron as a true diagnostic tool.  I could not perform some of my work without it."  Starting out with equine, Lodi has recently set up two more Metron stations to enhance their Companion Animal skeletal and dental x-ray capabilities.  The Dental station is using an AllPro Imaging Accent DR plate. 
Using the same software across all parts of the practice is also beneficial.  Like most equine practices, at Lodi, it is cost prohibitive to have a complete x-ray system with each equine veterinarian.  Often those in the field loaded with just an x-ray generator will expose a bunch of plates, return to the practice and borrow the small animal system rather than wait for the equine system.  At Lodi the two systems are the same - Metron with AllPro ScanX scanners.
Now a thriving mixed animal practice, Lodi Veterinary Hospital can trace its roots back more than 100 years to 1900.  Located in Lodi, Wisconsin the Lodi Veterinary Hospital is a full service mixed animal practice caring for small animal, equine, and production animal with 19 doctors and support staff.  Now with more than 50 computers spread across two locations and 10 mobile users, Lodi Veterinary Hospital has been using Metron for 2 years and DVMConnexx for their overall computer network support for 14 years.  
Best Practices

xray imageA Diagnostic Quality Image

Though Metron is magical in its ability to produce better images from the same x-ray generators, it too can only do so much. Sometimes, we have other factors that affect image quality.

A great example is with a practice that has just recently upgraded from years of using VetRay. With VetRay, the image quality was only "OK". After installing Metron, the image quality was not "OK" - in fact it was worse.  After some window leveling, LUT changes, and filter adjustments we got a good image - the magic. But this type of magic is not practical. The image needs to be excellent before making any adjustments. After a quick inspection by another veterinarian that had also made the switch from VetRay to Metron, we figured out that the x-ray technique was a little off - most of the images were getting over exposed. The VetRay on this system was tuned for higher KVP shots. Making the adjustment with the x-ray technique made the Metron image quality "excellent".


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