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Finding Joy in Veterinary Practice Through Gratitude

  by Kristin Youngberg, Vetel Diagnostics This may be an overarching statement, but I know you’ll agree with me if I say: Life is messy. Whether that’s trying to mend a broken relationship with a coworker, being rear-ended on your way to work, or dropping a blood sample while trying to make it to the next appointment on time. Or that one animal at the end of the day that won’t cooperate. Some days it’s easier to count our burdens than [...]

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Anatomy of a Perfect Image: 3 Important Components of Image Quality

What affects image quality in flat panel detectors? 1. Pixel Pitch Optimize the pixel pitch! (Remember, Pixel pitch describes the diameter of round pixels or the distance between dots <pixels> on a display screen. In digital radiography, the optimum pixel pitch is between 100-150 microns). A pixel pitch that is too small will give you blurred edge detail in the image anatomy, and also require a higher dose x-rays. A pixel pitch that is too high will produce a grainy image with poor spatial resolution [...]

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5 Tips for Great X-Rays

5 Tips for Great X-rays by Dr. Wallace Liberman of Panorama Equine in Redding, California. You must be a good radiographer.  Do not assume that digital radiography will automatically help you shoot better radiographs. Learn the art and practice! Post processing of the image will not always improve the image to what it should be. Thoroughly learn the system’s robust software to maximize the quality of the image. The ability to manipulate the image can help discern soft tissue problems or radio density [...]

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Anatomy of a Perfect Image: Pixels and Bits

Pixels – Dot Size What is a pixel? You’ve probably heard the term before, and generally know that pixels make up an image. Did you know “pixel” is short for “picture element”? In digital radiography, pixels come into play at both the front and back end. First the device (your DR panel) uses pixels to capture the image created by radiation from the x-ray generator. On the back end, the pixels come into play with how the picture is viewed [...]

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4 Ways to Re-engage Your Staff

  by Kristin Youngberg, Vetel Diagnostics When I was working as a veterinary technician, I experienced the unhealthy work environment that can blight a practice from cramming underpaid, overworked staff members into a small, high-stress and fast-paced office. The demand to produce quick and efficient work was a priority over quality and empathy. Many of my coworkers were nearing burnout and had lost the compassionate spark for animals that had brought them into the profession in the first place. I remember [...]

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Bridging the Generational Divide

  by Kristin Youngberg, Vetel Diagnostics Millennials have recently supplanted Baby Boomers as the largest pet-owning population in the U.S. However, there are still many pets owned by Generation X, The Boom Generation, and some of the Silent Generation. Each generation has a different style of pet-ownership, and communication preference with their veterinary practitioner, than the one before it. Cater to these preferences and adapt to your client’s viewpoint, and you’ll have a client loyalty base that is second to none. The [...]

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