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June 30, 2017
Atirix to show new QC-Track® modules for Ultrasound and FDA EQUIP at AHRA’s 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition

Minneapolis – Atirix Medical Systems, Inc. announced today that it will exhibit at AHRA’s 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition being held July 9 – 12 in Anaheim, Cal. Atirix will reveal the latest release of its flagship product, the patented QC-Track® system, and provide product demos in booth 338.

The QC-Track 5.4 release introduces new capabilities for ultrasound QC, including ACR transducer phantom QC, as well as a workflow to track the ultrasound transducer HLD needed for “semi-critical devices” used for intracavitary exams.

QC-Track 5.4 also includes enhancements to support the new FDA EQUIP process for Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) compliance. Since its introduction at RSNA 2008, QC-Track has been proven annually in MQSA inspections across the country. The latest QC-Track features make the sign off process even more convenient for lead interpreting physicians.

For those attendees interested in the latest TJC requirements, Atirix will also be displaying QC-Track’s enhancements and improvements to phantom QC for CT and MRI. There are also new capabilities for advanced phantom research, including the ability to generate detailed, slice-by-slice phantom data into a data cube for analysis.

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Atirix offers products to diagnostic imaging centers to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. The QC-Track system is an enterprise Quality Control Information System (QCIS™) for paperless device quality control, ACR CEU/CME and exam tracking, apron tracking and PM/service tracking. Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the 10 largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs. The patented QC-Track system is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

November 17, 2016
Atirix announces the QC-Track® Release 5.2

Minneapolis, November 17, 2016 – Atirix Medical Systems, Inc. announces a new release of the patented QC-Track system is now available for general release.

QC-Track 5.2 includes improvements that broaden the scope and optimize the workflows of QC-Track, reinforcing its capabilities as an enterprise Quality Control Information System (QCIS™).

A new device QC module is now available for ultrasound QC tracking. This workflow accounts for the specific needs of ultrasound base unit and transducer testing by employing barcode tags in a workflow similar to that of QC-Track.Aprons.

A number of improvements in the credential workflow streamline the credential setup and maintenance process, and new credential reports now accommodate more reporting needs.

Finally, this release introduces the capability to support multiple-division operations to make it easier for enterprise installations to manage the components licensed within a division.

Contact the Atirix support team for release notes and to schedule an upgrade.

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Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track® system for device quality control, ACR CEU/CME and exam tracking, apron tracking, and PM/service tracking.

Hospitals, clinics, and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control, and regulatory reporting needs.

The patented QC-Track system is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

September 1, 2016
Rania Johnson, R.T. (R)(M)(QM)(ARRT), Senior Director of Product Management, Earns Certification and Registration in Quality Management from American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Minneapolis, September 1, 2016 – Atirix Medical Systems, Inc. announces that Rania Johnson, Senior Director of Product Management, has recently been certified and registered in Quality Management by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

According to the ARRT, candidates for the QM certification and registration must complete the ARRT Quality Management Clinical Experience Requirements, comply with the ARRT Rules of Ethics and pass the ARRT Quality Management examination.

Rania has joined an elite group. As of August 2016, only 1,336 ARRT registered technologists held a Quality Management designation, which is less than 0.5% of the 331,560 total technologists registered with the ARRT.

Rania answered a few questions regarding her QM certification and registration.

How much work was required to obtain your QM?

RJ: It was a lot of work! I attended a three-day seminar at the Advanced Health Education Center in Houston to earn the 16 educational credits and complete the procedural requirements for physicist equipment QC. Then I started working on the five quality improvement projects. These were great, as they had me apply the laws and the QC activities that I was studying. Lastly, I spent a day shadowing an Atirix client for general QC procedures. And, of course, I studied for the exam for about 10 months. I’d always heard that only about half the people who take the exam actually pass it, so I’m really glad to have passed it on the first try!

How do you think what you’ve learned through this process will inform the work you do with Atirix clients?

RJ: My background is as a mammo tech, and I’ve worked with our clients on mammo QC for many years. I think the QM training has given me a much better perspective across modalities on how QA technologists and managers think about the continuous QC activities. Since Atirix has been implementing more enterprise projects lately, having this broader knowledge will help me understand clients’ challenges and provide services that fit clients’ needs.

The ARRT recently announced that the requirements for obtaining a QM designation are changing. What’s your reaction?

RJ: The prepublication indicates that the new requirements will be eliminating the analog and film/screen knowledge. I think this makes sense, since imaging has become more digital, and newer technologists are less likely to have any experience with analog imaging. However, I guess I was surprised to see in the prepublication that ARRT is also proposing to deemphasize the physics aspect of the designation. I think that understanding the physics survey process is an important aspect of understanding imaging QC and why ongoing QC is so important.

Do you plan to pursue any additional certifications?

RJ: No, not at this time. QM is currently the only designation that spans ionizing radiation modalities, so today it’s really the most useful one for me. After all the work I put into this one, it’s going to be a bit before I take on another project like this.

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December 4, 2015
Atirix announces the QC-Track® Release 4.7

Minneapolis, Decmeber 4, 2015 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., a new release of the patented QC-Track system is now available for general release.

QC-Track 4.7 includes improvements to help standardize QC processes and further reinforce QC-Track as the enterprise QC data repository.

One area of improvement is around new scheduling capabilities to more precisely control the QC process and the timeframe during which QC activities are performed, including a worksheet backdating control. A backdating window can now be selectively opened so that worksheets can be backdated only during a specific time period as needed. This helps ensure that QC activities are performed and data recorded during specified time periods.

Another area of improvement is in the precision of email notices, including a new capability to trigger a caution email prior to a scheduled QC activity period expiring and a QC task going overdue. This can be particularly important for time-sensitive QC activities like those found in mammography and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) compliance.

QC-Track has also been improved in the area of document management. Documents can now be tagged for searching as they are attached. In addition, a new document search page has been added to find attached documents from all areas of QC-Track, including device QC, credentials, aprons and service related documents. This can be particularly helpful during inspections when QC documents and records might be needed from remote locations.

Contact the Atirix support team for release notes and to schedule an upgrade.

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Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track® system for device quality control, ACR CEU/CME and exam tracking, apron tracking, and PM/service tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

The patented QC-Track system is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

June 26, 2015
Atirix announces the QC-Track® Educational Series webinars for August, 2015

Minneapolis, June 26, 2015 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces in-depth webinars on the QC-Track enterprise QC platform during August, 2015.

“Quality control practices have been quickly changing in response to the upsurge in regulations and accreditation requirements. This will only continue with the new Joint Commission Diagnostic Imaging Services standards that go into effect on July 1,” said Steve Backes, President and CEO. “These seminars will help imaging QC teams gain valuable new ideas and strategies to address today’s QC challenges and reduce QC risk.”

The presenters will be Rania Johnson, R.T.(R) (M), Senior Director, Product Management, and Angela Snyder, Ph.D., Director of Research.

The agenda for each webinar includes a synopsis of regulations and accreditation requirements, QC-Track product information, a demonstration with specific capabilities by modality, case studies, and an introduction to the advanced QC management capabilities of the QC-Track platform.

The webinar schedule is as follows. All webinars are scheduled for 2PM CDT on the day they are scheduled. Please note that the MQSA session, QC-Track for Paperless MQSA Device QC: FFDM, DBT, Stereo Biopsy, and Inspection Reporting, will be presented on August 4 and on August 19.

  • Tues, Aug 4 2PM CDT (and Aug 19) — QC-Track for Paperless MQSA Device QC: FFDM, DBT, Stereo Biopsy, and Inspection Reporting
  • Thurs, Aug 6 2PM CDT — QC-Track for the RSO: Enterprise Apron Tracking
  • Tues, Aug 11 2PM CDT — QC-Track and Automating the ACR Continuous Quality Control Program, Part 1: CT
  • Wed, Aug 12 2PM CDT — QC-Track and Automating the ACR Continuous Quality Control Program, Part 2: MRI
  • Thurs, Aug 13 2PM CDT — QC-Track and Automating the ACR Continuous Quality Control Program, Part 3: Nuclear Medicine, PET, and Fusion Systems
  • Tues, Aug 18 2PM CDT — QC-Track and the Rest of Diagnostic Imaging: DR, Fluoro, DXA, and US Systems
  • Wed, Aug 19 2PM CDT — QC-Track for Paperless MQSA Device QC: FFDM, DBT, Stereo Biopsy, and Inspection Reporting
  • Thurs, Aug 20 2PM CDT — QC-Track and Tools for Enterprise QC: Enterprise Dashboard, Email Alerts, and PM/Service Tracking

Register at atirix.com. You can sign up for more than one webinar. There is no cost for the webinars.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track system for device quality control, ACR CEU/CME and exam tracking, apron tracking, and PM/service tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

QC-Track is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

May 1, 2015
Atirix announces on-line QC-Track® Training Center

Minneapolis, May 1, 2015 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that interactive online training modules are now available for the QC-Track system.

The QC-Track Training Center is now part of the secure Support Center on the Atirix.com website. Courses and tutorials covering all aspects of day-to-day use and administration of the QC-Track system are available.

“I’m really excited to offer this new service to our clients,” said Rania Johnson, RT (R)(M), Senior Director of Product Management. “Our clients will be able to get answers to all sorts of product questions, and they can do it at their convenience. It will really help clients needing to do those ‘only occasionally’ type tasks they might not remember from training. We see this as a great first step toward offering a full on-line training environment for clients that prefer automated training.”

Atirix client personnel are able to use the Training Center at no charge during the QC-Track warranty and support periods.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track system for device quality control, ACR CEU/CME and exam tracking, apron tracking, and PM/service tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

QC-Track is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

April 30, 2015
Atirix announces AHRA Webinar "Doing More with Less: The Evolving Regulatory Environment and a Centralized Quality Control System” for May 27

Minneapolis, April 30, 2015 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that an on-line webinar, sponsored by the AHRA, will be presented on May 27, 1 p.m. CDT. Please go to ahraonline.org to register.

"Doing More with Less: The Evolving Regulatory Environment and a Centralized Quality Control System”

Joint Presenters:

Steve Backes, President and CEO, Atirix
Rania Johnson, R.T. (R)(M)(ARRT), Director of Product Management, Atirix
Allen Goode, M.S., DABR, Chief Diagnostic Medical Physicist, University of Virginia Health System

Description:

Imaging departments have experienced unprecedented change over the past five years. Scan volumes have levelled off, economic pressures have caused many facilities to reduce staffing levels, and a wave of mergers is resulting in larger overall organizations.

Despite all that there has been a surge of new imaging regulations and accreditations, from sources including the American College of Radiology, the Joint Commission and many states. These new imaging regulations and accreditations typically include requirements for on-going device quality control (QC).

As a result many imaging departments now face QC challenges. It can be tough to know which requirements to follow, much less whether the proper QC procedures are being used on a day-to-day basis. Facilities struggle to find staff to perform the new QC activities. Many facilities, though, still rely on manual processes and 3-ring binders to capture and manage QC data. This can leave imaging managers “in the dark” on the status of day-to-day QC, and vulnerable during inspections.

The Joint Commission has advised facilities to implement a centralized quality control system. A centralized QC system offers the promise of electronic QC workflows, data gathering, reporting, and management overview.

What are the realities of implementing a centralized quality control system?

At University of Virginia Health System (UVA), the medical physics team has worked with radiology leadership to implement a centralized quality system. Using the patented QC-Track® system for device QC, credential tracking, apron tracking and PM/Service tracking from Atirix Medical Systems, the medical physics team has embarked on a staged implementation to deploy a centralized intranet-based system for QC across twelve locations.

In this session, UVA lead medical physicist Allen Goode, M.S., DABR, Atirix President Steve Backes, and Atirix product manager Rania Johnson, RT (R)(M) provide a re-cap of imaging QC regulations including the ACR’s Continuous Quality Control system. They describe the implementation of the QC-Track system at UVA. They discuss device quality control, UVA’s practices prior to the QC-Track system, the functional and technical implementation plans used by the team, operational impact of the centralized QC system, and lessons learned. They provide several operational case studies discussing the workflow changes and impact of the QC-Track system. They also discuss the new types of tracking and radiation safety-related communications and management processes made possible by a centralized QC system.

What will participants learn?

Participants will learn about:
  • recent imaging regulations, including the ACR Continuous Quality Control Process
  • technologies for centralized quality control
  • how to plan for implementing a centralized QC system
  • organizational changes made possible with a centralized QC system
  • the challenges radiology management might encounter when implementing a centralized QC system

Atirix is a Director’s Circle sponsor of the AHRA Educational Foundation.

As part of its support, Atirix is also sponsoring:
  • Lean Six Sigma Workshop, Sunday, July 19, 2015, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the AHRA 43rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Las Vegas, NV.
  • AHRA Online Institute. Free credits will be available to AHRA members during October 2015.

Be sure to look for the QC-Track system at the AHRA Annual Meeting in Booth #1135.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track system for device quality control, ACR CEU/CME and exam tracking, apron tracking, and PM/service tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

QC-Track is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

July 28, 2014
Atirix announces Cloud option for the QC-Track® system

Minneapolis, July 28, 2014 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that managed cloud operations are now available for the QC-Track® system.

The Atirix Cloud option includes QC-Track system installation, system management, and backup/recovery on a secured cloud server. Atirix configures the cloud server for the client, restricting user access to only the client’s personnel. Atirix will transfer the QC-Track software and data to the facility at any time during the QC-Track warranty or Support and Maintenance period.

“Our clients want to get the benefits of QC-Track as soon as possible but many IT groups are just too busy, meaning QC-Track installations can get delayed,” said Kevin Onken, Senior Director, Customer Solutions. “Some clients might prefer cloud for on-going operations. Others can use this as a helpful bridge until an in-house server is available.”

Contact Atirix for more information and pricing.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track system for device quality control, credential tracking and apron tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

July 28, 2014
Atirix announces QC-Track® module for preventive maintenance and service tracking

Minneapolis, July 28, 2014 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that the QC-Track®.Planner module will be available in QC-Track 4.3, scheduled for release on September 1, 2014.

QC-Track.Planner is for scheduling and tracking preventive maintenance (PM) and service events. This can include events for equipment with a formal QC process, such as an imaging unit, and also equipment that requires periodic PM but does not have a QC process, such as tread mills in a stress lab. In addition, other recurring and one-time events related to equipment in the diagnostic imaging center can also be scheduled and tracked, including equipment installations, physicist surveys, and inspections and audits.

QC-Track.Planner events show up on the QC Dashboard as they are due, and can also be managed in a calendar view. In addition, service reports and related PM records can be scanned and stored as part of the event, enabling service records to be centrally stored and accessed.

“For the first time all of your equipment and service records can be stored along with device QC records,” said Rania Johnson, R.T., (R)(M), Director, Product Management, “and this is getting more important as the record keeping requirements of diagnostic imaging centers keep increasing. Binders and shared directories just don’t cut it. QC-Track makes it easier, faster and more secure to manage and access this important equipment information.”

Contact Atirix for more information, demonstrations and pricing.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track® system for device quality control, credential tracking and apron tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

June 6, 2014
Atirix QC-Track® at upcoming conferences, including AHRA, AQI, MTMI

Minneapolis, June 6, 2014 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., will be participating in several upcoming conferences, including:

  • August 10 - 13, The AHRA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Look for Atirix in Booth 929. Atirix now supports the AHRA, including the Annual Meeting “Lean/Six Sigma Pre-Conference Workshop.” See www.ahraonline.org for more information.

  • September 12 - 13, The 2014 AQI/MTMI Duluth Breast Imaging Conference, Duluth, MN. Atirix now Supports the AQI and MTMI Mammography courses. See www.achievingqi.com for more information.

  • October 4 - 5, The MTMI 18th Annual Mammography Update for Physicists, Colorado Springs, CO. Atirix now Supports the AQI and MTMI Mammography courses. See www.mtmi.net for more information.


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January 23, 2014
Atirix QC-Track® at upcoming conferences, including MTMI, SAMS, and WIMP

Minneapolis, January 23, 2014 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., will be participating in several upcoming conferences, including:

  • January 31 – February 1, The MTMI 18th Annual Mammography Update for Physicists, Orlando, Florida. Atirix now supports the AQI and MTMI Mammography courses. See www.MTMI.net for more information.

  • February 1, The Sacramento Area Mammography Society (SAMS) Annual Symposium, Sacramento, CA. See www.sacramentoareamammographysociety.org for more information.

  • February 22 – 26, Winter Institute of Medical Physics (WIMP) Conference, Breckenridge, CO. Atirix is a sponsor of the WIMP Conference. Steve Backes, President, will be presenting “Centralized QC in Practice.” See www.GoWIMP.org for conference information (and www.Breckenridge.com for snow conditions!)


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July 19, 2013
Atirix announces Two Patents for Device Quality Control Systems

Minneapolis, July 19, 2013 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that two patents have issued for quality control systems and methods.

Most recently, U.S. 8,478,610, “Medical imaging device quality control system and method” issued on July 2, 2013. This patent claims the use of QC dashboards and scheduled QC tests to manage the quality control process in diagnostic imaging centers for mammography, Full Field Digital Mammography (“FFDM”), MRI, breast MRI, x-ray and ultrasound imaging systems and related peripheral devices. This patent has 28 claims.

Prior to that, U.S. 8,428,969, “System and method for tracking medical imaging quality” issued on April 23, 2013. This patent claims a computer-based process of performing QC, such as required by the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA), in breast imaging centers on mammography, FFDM, MRI, x-ray and ultrasound imaging systems. The process includes completing pre-programmed test worksheets based on a schedule, storing QC data in a database, and generating QC reports for audits. This patent has 17 claims.

Both patents are based on a provisional patent application the Company filed on January 19, 2005.

The complete patent descriptions are available at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track® system for quality control, credential tracking and apron tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including five of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use the QC-Track system for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

QC-Track is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix and Atirix distributors.

For more information please contact Atirix sales at 877/273-1764, sales@atirix.com or www.atirix.com

Product or service names mentioned herin are the trademarks of their respective owners


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