The list of reasons medical imaging technologists should switch from CR to DR has long been growing; however, Konica Minolta’s Fast Forward program might be the game changer your customers have been waiting for. But before we dive into the Fast Forward program, let’s first take a look at the main reasons so many imaging businesses are making the transition from CR to DR.
Safer, faster technology
For many practitioners, the primary motivation for switching from CR to DR is to improve the quality of their patients’ treatment. More specifically, DR exposes patients to significantly less radiation than CR does — roughly two to three times less depending on the type of DR being used.
DR has also shown the potential for streamlining a practice’s workflow. With DR, imaging technologists can view images in less than 40 seconds (as opposed to three minutes with CR). Because of this, practices that have adopted DR have noted an increase in the number of exams they can perform. For these practices, faster, more efficient exams have increased their patient base and improved the patient experience.
H.R. 2029 – The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016
Section 502 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 outlines reductions to Medicare reimbursements for CR-based X-rays. On January 1st of 2018, the reimbursements decreased by 7%, and starting in 2023, there will be a 10% reduction.
These changes are intended to incentivize practices to transition to DR.
Konica Minolta’s Fast Forward program
Konica Minolta’s Fast Forward program makes transitioning from CR to DR easier than ever. Designed for Konica Minolta’s ImagePilot CR customers, the program provides promotional pricing on the ImagePilot Aero, Docking Station II, and Access Point to those who trade in their REGIUS 110, Sigma CD Reader (running Windows 7 or higher) and Image PilotCR system cassettes.
Perhaps the fastest part of the Fast Forward Program is getting your DR up and running. Customers are promised:
- Quick installation: The program uses your “existing ImagePilot server, system, user, network, and DICOM settings,” so your customers will be using DR in no time.
- An identical interface: There is no learning curve and no need for time-consuming training.
- No data migration: ImagePilot will continue to serve as your customers’ PACS.
All of the new customers’ new DR components come with a 3-year warranty, and the Lithium Ion Capacitor comes with a 7-year warranty. And lastly, the Fast Forward program also comes with a helpful software upgrade.
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DR is the future of radiography. It’s faster, better for patients, and now, easy to adopt. However, programs like Konica Minolta’s Fast Forward program don’t last forever. The deadline to apply for this program is December 31st, 2018.
Transitioning from CR to DR doesn’t have to be daunting. The experts at All-Star X-ray are here to answer any of your questions about DR devices, including Konica Minolta’s ImagePilot Aero DR device. Call us at (800) 693-2620 or contact us online today.