METRONewsMarch 2012
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Have you backed up today?!    

I know we keep talking about backups!   Unfortunately we get to hear about the computer crashes and the crisis they cause when there's no backup.   A crashed computer makes for a bad day and maybe even a bad week.  No backup and all of your X-Rays are lost forever - that is a headache that will not go away.

A backup can be easy to setup and easy to perform. If you are not already in the habit of performing backups, let's get you started with the easy version.

The first easy method is to attach an external hard disk to your computer and run the "Export Database" from within Metron.  The second easy method is to install an external hard drive that can on its own backup data stored on your laptop or desktop computer - no need to remember.  The third is an online capability that performs a backup whenever your computer is connected to the internet.   Click here to read more about starting an easy way to run a backup. 


Practice Spotlight
Equine Ambulatory Services Department at OSU



Jacob Mecham, DVM with the Equine Ambulatory Services Department at Oregon State University started using the Metron Imaging Software in November of 2011.  After using VetRay for over a year and a half, he is extremely happy with Metron and in particularly the DICOM communication functionality.  "Unlike other software, Metron has been flawless running our scanner.  It always produces a diagnostic image with no exceptions.  Also, Metron allows me to DICOM send all images to the radiologist for review.  They arrive immediately and without issues."


Dr. MechamDr. Mecham spends 85% of his time teaching senior OSU students equine ambulatory work, including field radiology.  "With Metron being so easy to use, my students (and colleagues) were able to start taking x-rays after one demonstration.  The comfort level, ease of use and overall reliability is far superior to any other imaging software I have used."  In addition, Dr. Mecham comments on how good the image quality is for diagnostics evaluation.  The feature that he has also come to really appreciate, since starting to use Metron is the ability to continually feed film after film without having to tell the software you are taking another shot.


Although Dr. Mecham has only been using Metron for a few months, he will start to use the Metron Support Services site itself more as he begins to use the Guided Mark-Up.  The Guided Mark-Up and other online training sessions will help him and his students as they start to take advantage of more of the Metron features.


"Simple to use, seamless DICOM communication, great quality diagnostic images, and the fantastic support service staff - those are the reasons everyone needs to be using Metron."


Support Services Highlight
Communication and Integration

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Communication is a simple word that has many meanings.   We all need to communicate to share, work and play.  In our new technology world, we now communicate with our fingers - email, text, etc.  And what is Tweeting?


Integration is the connection of communications.   Our computers communicate through integration.   In the veterinary practice, we have many forms of communication including the share of information among computers.  Other words used include interface, interconnect, and network.   Every year we see more computer related communication and integration from more types of computers doing more work for us.   Even an ultrasound machine is now a computer.


We often get the question asked "Does Metron communicate with my other software programs?"   Of course, Metron does communicate but the devil is in the details.   The details include the method of communication and the specific information that both programs need to share.  


One of the hottest communications/integration topics is "DICOM and the Patient Medical" Record.  It is becoming popular to have access to diagnostic images from the patient record.  DICOM is the method of communications and store of diagnostic images and the patient medical record is a convenient place to access historical images. 


Storing and viewing diagnostic images - two schools of thought.    One school of thought is to store all patient information in the patient medical record. Once in the patient record, all diagnostic images can then be viewed diagnostically and presented to pet owners on exam room workstations.   Not a bad way to go but causes the database to grow 10x as fast as it was before adding diagnostic images.


The second school of thought is to keep the diagnostic images stored on the source imaging systems (including PACS, if you have one) for diagnostic viewing and only send images to other computers when the need arises.   Usually the systems producing the images are also the best at displaying the images for diagnostic interpretation.  With this second approach, your practice is ready for a variety of emerging options for viewing and presenting diagnostic images.  


Metron can send to an iPad and iPhone, web browser viewing programs, can email to anyone in a snap, burn to a CD or DVD, and can backup to external hard drives directly connected or across the network.     You can still send some of your images to the patient record - just do it when you want immediate access to those specific images from the patient record.


Already we are seeing the "Cloud" play a factor in choosing how you want to share and view diagnostic images.   The "Cloud" which is a combination of the internet communication, integration, and storage makes it very easy for anyone to send and share with anyone else.   The Metron iPad, iPhone and web viewer programs are "Cloud" based.  


We know you have a lot of communications and integration options to sort through.   Most important, identify value and efficiency.   The whole point of using computers is to make you more efficient while increasing your quality of delivery.   Your approach to diagnostic imaging communication and integration needs to serve you.   Sometimes more is not always better.


Visit the "DICOM" and "Managing" pages on our support website to find out more about how Metron communicates and integrates.


In This Issue
Equine Ambulatory Services Department at Oregon State University
Communication and Integration
Thank You from WVC!
Your Support Website!
Getting Started in Metron


Happy St. Patrick's Day!
St Patricks Day
Click here for a cupcake recipe you can share with your staff!


Thank You from WVC!
Thank you

Thanks to all who stopped by our booth at WVC 2012 in Las Vegas! Early attendance totals are in! Almost 15,000 people participated in the show including 8400+ veterinarians and staff members.



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