Monthly Archives: December 2015

Measure Health with a Bone Densitometer

When a patient is at risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis, a bone densitometer scan can quickly tell you whether there is reason for concern. Doctors typically scan spines, hip, forearms and other bones to determine the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter to assess fracture risk. This is a low-maintenance test that doesn’t require much preparation on behalf of the patient. The only exception is that patients should not take calcium supplements or drugs that contain calcium, such as Tums, during the 24 hours prior to the test, as the calcium levels will alter the readings.

The dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan is over in 15 minutes, exposes the patient to minimal radiation and requires only that the patient lie on an exam table. Previously, osteoporosis could be detected only after a patient broke a bone. By that time, of course, the bone density was already very low. By detecting bone density early, patients can take measures to avoid breakage. Test results are typically available within 24 hours, and after all is said and done, this scan will earn your practice $27.94 in reimbursements.

The MiniOmni Bone Densitometer is a great option for this test. The handheld scanner is easy to use and can be brought to your patient no matter where he or she is. This scanner offers an effective alternative to the traditional dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan, especially in cases where x-ray exposure should be avoided or the DXA scanner is unable to travel to the patient. This non-invasive and radiation-free option will delight your patients and still get you answers.

Pinpoint Pain with Nerve Conduction

Complaints about pain are very common in doctors’ offices around the world. From injury to old age, pain can either creep up or fall like a heavy blow throughout one’s life. The problem, however, is that these complaints are difficult to substantiate. Pain is often subjective and hard to pinpoint, so addressing the root cause can be quite the challenge without the right tools.

One specific tool can help identify a patient’s degree of pain and even its cause. With a neural scanner, your doctors will be able to pinpoint the root cause of the following examples of discomfort:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Migraine pain
  • Hand pain
  • Foot pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Acute pain
  • Post-op pain

Because pain is such a common complaint, it is important that your office is able to address it properly when working with patients. Simply putting a Band-Aid on symptoms without addressing their root cause should be avoided. With a neural scanner, your practice will have a proper way to address and mitigate pain. And after a simple 20 to 25 minute test that costs $2 for replacement parts, your practice will earn $250 in reimbursements. When it comes to helping patients and your practice, investing in nerve conduction will be one of the easier decisions you make all year.

Get a better reading with an external electrocardiographic recording

An ECG or EKG may allow you to see your patient’s heart activity, but it provides only a glimpse of a bigger picture. Because abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac symptoms come and go throughout the day, a singular test won’t always show everything that is happening. In order to get the bigger picture, patients need to be recorded throughout an entire day. A holter monitor, or external electrocardiographic recording, is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records the heart’s activity continuously for 24 hours. It is essentially a portable ECG that allows you to watch a patient’s heart rate in real time as he or she moves through the day. It has wires with small electrodes that attach to the skin, so it offers a non-invasive test that can yield insightful results.

With each test you run, your practice will earn $125 in reimbursement. The disposable parts cost just $6 for each test, so you still keep a significant profit. Each individual test takes 3 minutes to hook up to the patient and then another 5 to 10 minutes to print and edit the report when the device is removed. The external electrocardiographic recording can be worn for up to 24 hours, monitoring the patient’s heart rate while he or she completes daily activities. The Nasiff CardioCard PC Based Holter ECG System is Medical Device Depot’s top pick when it comes to holter monitors. You can choose from five or seven leads and trust in the reliable and accurate reporting. The system is even EMR compatible (Allscripts MyWay, AthenaNet, Centricity, ChartMaker, eClinical Works, LytecMD, Medent, NextGen, Office Ally, OmniMed, PractiseFusion) and comes with a free database-management system, which integrates patient history so you can diagnose with confidence.

The Importance of Blood Glucose Testing

Blood glucose testing measures the amount of a sugar in a sample of blood. These levels normally rise after a meal, and if the body does not create enough insulin to process that sugar, prolonged high blood glucose levels can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. A simple blood draw is done with a painless prick timed around meals during the day.

This is a vital yet routine test for those who live with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Patients who report an increase in urination, blurred vision, confusion, fainting spells or seizures should have their blood glucose tested. Glucose monitors can also be used during pregnancy to test for gestational diabetes, which involves elevated blood glucose that begins or is diagnosed during pregnancy.

Blood glucose testing costs your practice a mere 16 cents per test. That is a negligible amount when you consider that you will earn $6.80 for this simple 10-second test, which can help save a life. Blood glucose meter starter kits like the AimStrip Plus sold through Medical Device Depot will help your practice remain prepared for patients with diabetes.

How is blood pressure measured?

One of the most routine parts of any medical exam is blood pressure monitoring. Whether a patient is admitted to the hospital or is simply visiting for a routine physical, his or her blood pressure reading provides vital information. A patient’s blood pressure is measured using a noninvasive test. This test involves of a blood pressure cuff, or sphygmomanometer, which has a small pressure gauge that contracts when the cuff is inflated. As this happens, a doctor or nurse uses a stethoscope to listen to the blood moving through an artery, measuring two different levels of pressure — systolic and diastolic.

Systolic blood pressure number – This indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts and pushes blood through the arteries to the rest of the body. The systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading.

Diastolic blood pressure number – This indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. The diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number in a blood pressure reading.

Medical Device depot has numerous blood pressure monitoring systems to choose from. From cuff kits to wall mounts, the variety of styles and accessories will help you keep your practice running smoothly. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring systems, including recording, scanning analysis, interpretation and report, provide an average reimbursement of $80. Just think of the boost your practice could get with such a routine device. Every patient who walks into the exam room has his or blood pressure measured; if you’re not getting reimbursed, your practice is losing money.