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March and April 2020

National K9 Veterans Day
Friday, March 13
Thank you to all who serve!

St. Patrick's Day
Tuesday, March 17

National Puppy Day
Monday, March 23

National Farm Animal Day
Friday, April 10

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
Thursday, April 30
Automatic Vertebral Heart Score for Dogs
Now Available in Metron 8 for DR systems is Intellect Module. The VHS process has improved to 4 steps for a more accurate reading. The Intellect Module will complete the VHS Guided Markup for you. You are one click away from finding out if your dog has an enlarged heart. 
  • Metron automatically picks your points for the Vertebral Heart Score.
  • Metron displays whether the heart is Enlarged or Normal on the X-Ray.
  • Future Intellect Module releases will include Norberg Hip Angles.
Note: Your computer must have 16GB, Intel i7 and Windows 10. Your X-Ray system must be a DR system with Metron 8.3.64 or newer.
Make Rebooting a Habit
To keep all your daily software programs (including Metron Imaging Software), operating smoothly, make a habit to occasionally close/log out of all your programs and reboot your computer.  

This good advice can also be applied to iPads, Android phones, and more.
Watch for your 
May / June 2020 METRONews

The next bi-monthly issue will be emailed Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
Metron New Features
Lumina III: Improved Image Quality
For your difficult equine stifle and back shots, an evolution in image processing with the Lumina III filter is included in the latest Metron 8.3.82 version.   

Technical Improvements in Lumina III: 
  1. Our wavelet filter now supports a mode of usage in which the gain in lower-frequency bands is rolled-off, to reduce 'mottle' in some use cases.
  2. A new tone-adjusting LUT is introduced at the appropriate place in the image processing pipeline to reduce bright whites for some anatomies.
  3. Based on exposure level of the raw image (the 'technique' used by the practitioner) we now measure that exposure level and adjust our image processing recipe based on the exposure. This results in a 'more forgiving' system that does the right thing with both poorly-exposed and well-exposed images. Well-exposed images can be more aggressively processed, and poorly-exposed images can be saved (as much as possible).
  4. Careful adjustment of image processing settings is now based on an analysis of tens of thousands of images, thanks to our huge database of images we have gathered for our Deep Learning algorithms.
The feedback we have received from our practitioners reflects the images in these more difficult shots have remarkably improved!
Coming Spring 2020 for Small Animal Clinics! 
Best Practices: Advanced Training
Become the Metron Software Expert
Are you new to Metron Support Services or just recently completed your basic training and are comfortable navigating the Metron Imaging Software? Perfect first step!

However, do not forget to contact us when you are ready to take on your Advanced Metron Software Training Session. This is LIVE phone training available with one of our Metron Support Services Technicians for as many doctors and staff who would benefit. It is generally planned for one hour or less and can be personalized for you so let us know the Metron Software features you would like to cover.  

Also, have you hired new staff to your practice since first implementing the Metron Software? Contact us to set up the Metron Basic Training to provide anyone on your team the opportunity to learn the basic process steps and features of the software. It can also be a refresher session for anyone.

Both training sessions are included with your annual Metron Support Services and can be scheduled at a convenient time and repeated as best for your practice. Good Internet connectivity and speaker phone capabilities are a plus for these sessions.

Need a few ideas?
  • Guided Mark-Up and Measurements for Companion Animal or Equine
  • Metron Web-Viewer - Why to use and how to benefit from Metron 8 features
  • Importing and Exporting Files - Automatic capabilities available