METRONewsApril 2011
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April 2011 Message

Happy Spring!


As you may have noticed with recent updates to Metron, we have been adding several new features and improvements to the current version.  Here at EponaTech, we are always striving to improve the Metron application.  


We are in the process of working on the next version update.  There will be two new guided mark-ups for dogs. Based on requests from practices, TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) and PennHip (method of diagnosing hip dysplasia) are being added to Metron measurement and

TTA-Tibial Tuberosity Advancement

evaluation options for canines.  We will have more details about these and other features in the next newsletter.


Please email and let us know what you would like to see in Metron and we will review your suggestions to add to the enhancement list.


Thank you for your ideas and suggestions!



John Craig
EponaTech LLC  



Practice Spotlight
My Zoo Animal Hospital              


My Zoo Animal Hospital

The team at My Zoo Animal Hospital has been using Metron for several years.  They originally purchased Metron to benefit the practice and doctor.  Metron produces clearer and easier to read images than their previous solution, allowing the hospital to provide better diagnostics for their patients.  They often take the laptop into the consultation room and are able to show the images to the clients directly.  Using the zoom and other mark up features they are able to highlight information they want to discuss.  This helps with client education and conversation.


Dr. Debbie Leach, Patti Clark, Tristan Brown and the rest of the team at My Zoo want "to provide good medicine for the client's pets".  The My Zoo Team works together to provide not only top of line medicine but also the added benefit of education for pet owners and Metron helps them with this goal. 


My Zoo Animal HospitalMy Zoo Animal Hospital not only provides services to dogs and cats but also specializes in exotics as well.  They use Metron with birds, iguanas, and bearded dragons.  It is especially helpful when diagnosing calcium deficiencies with the iguanas and bearded dragons.  Dr. Leach states being able to show images side by side is very useful with all diagnostic work. It allows for a comparison over time of the patients progress.  The feature in Metron to be able to email and burn images to discs is helpful when working with the local university for diagnostics, testing, and possible surgeries.  It is easy to use and makes communication with specialist complete.


They found using the online training materials valuable when they first started to use Metron Support Services.  Although they don't watch the training sessions as often, now that they are comfortable with the application, they find the support team very helpful when calling in for assistance.  They also print out the monthly newsletter and post it for everyone to read the tips and best practice sections.  They enjoy this support benefit.


We want to thank everyone at My Zoo Animal Hospital for being a valuable Metron Supporter for so many years.  We look forward to working with them for many more years ahead.


Best Practices
Metron tools that enhance your images         


While it is a testament to the brilliance of Metron that you get great images without any tweaking, it is the "tweaking" tools that will help you enhance those images that may be missing the detail you are looking for.

Under-exposed images can be corrected!

To fix an under-exposed image, you can use one of two Metron tools - Window Leveling & Look-Up-Table (LUT)


Metron Tools


Though Window Leveling is an easier tool to work with, the LUT can produce a better result.  Experiment with these tools, get to know how they affect your images.  To increase exposure using the LUT curve, find the center dot of the 3 presented dots on the diagonal line.  Click and drag the center dot toward the lower right corner about distance.  Watch your image for exposure improvement and adjust as needed.


The LUT can also help with over-exposed images - test out on some of your existing images to see just how well the LUT can help you.


Window Level for more detail.  

Window Leveling Menu BarWith the latest versions of  Metron, you can now Window Level right on the image from both the main image screen and in "Full Screen" (FS) mode.  Just click  and hold down your left mouse button and then move the mouse over the image in any direction.


Window Leveling 

Within a minute you will see how the image changes as you move the mouse.  As with any of these tools, you can always click the "Undo" button or just re-click on the filter button to return to the original image view. 


Want more bone detail?

Tune 4Most of you are likely scanning images with the default filter set to either #1 or #2.  To get more detail (Contrast) try filter #4. Most do not use the look of the filter #4 for general purpose but it is great when you want to exaggerate bone detail.


If that is not enough, click on the "Tune" button and add Contrast and Edge1 and then reduce "Smooth.


Detail 4

Detail 2 and 4 


For more details, see the Advanced Image Processing online training session. 




In This Issue
My Zoo Animal Hospital
Metron tools for the best images
DVMConnexx on facebook
Did you hear?
Single image viewing tips
Did you know?


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Check out the blog entries written specifically with veterinary practitioners like yourself in mind!


Did you hear?


"Equine Dentistry is my focus in practice, and to me there's only one choice for equine diagnostic imaging and that's Metron.  Beyond great images, the flexibility of plate sizes and reporting tools in Metron help me to present recommendations which is one of the many missing pieces with every other imaging program." 

Travis Henry, DVM

Midwest Equine Services



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Support Services Tips

When viewing a single image, in the lower left corner, you have the ability to turn on and off: annotations, mark-up, and grids.  Simply, select or deselect the check box.  Also, clicking the FS button will increase the image to full screen for viewing.


Annotation Choices



Did you know? 

One Image Page

You are able to put the mark up parameters on the "single image" pages of your Metron report.  Do this by selecting the checkbox "Include Table of Parameters."



The table will then be shown under your image on that page in the report.


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