May 2018 - In This Issue:
Celebrating May
Here are a few days to observe!

May Day
Tuesday, May 1

May Day for Mutts
Sunday, May 6

May 6 thru May 12

Mother's Day
Sunday, May 13

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28
Memorial Day Support

Metron Support Services will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 so our team can enjoy the day with their family and friends. 

Let us all take time to honor those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy every day...including this long weekend of relaxation.

Normal business hours of 8:00 am-6:00 pm CDT resume Tuesday, May 29. See you then!       
Metron 8 Coming...

Metron 8 is coming in the Summer of 2018 complete with a new look and new features! More information to come next month!
Don't lose your Metron

Looking for new X-Ray hardware but want to be sure you will still have all the features and functions of your Metron Imaging Software after purchase?

Metron works with many CR and DR flat panel systems.  Let us know if we can help point you to the right Metron partner to find the best solution for your practice.
Watch for your June METRONews

The next monthly issue will be emailed Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Best Practice
Technique Charts: What is kVp and mAs?
Technique charts are lists of  X-Ray shot instructions 
organized by:
  • Animal species
  • Animal anatomy
  • Shot thickness (skeletal only)
  • X-Ray technique values - kVp and mAs
What is kVp and mAs? Is it important to know and understand kVp and mAs? Depending on your type of system, it may be very helpful to know the what and why of kVp and mAs.
X-Ray generators present a variety of interfaces. Some will give you complete control of the kVp, mA, and Time. Others will set a fixed value to mA. And some will program shot type values in an attempt to make the process easier - sort of a technique chart built into the generator. Most X-Ray generators were originally designed for human use and may include a human anatomy based interface.
kVp is the peak energy of an X-Ray beam.  As you increase the kVp, the X-Rays have more penetrating power. With canine body X-Rays, you will need more kVp to penetrate through thicker shots.  For an extremity, you might use 50-60kVp.  A large abdomen shot may need 90kVp. 
mAs is the amount of X-Ray exposure over Time. "mA" is milli-apmere and "s" is Time in seconds. "mAs" is the multiplication of "mA" and "s". If your X-Ray generator is set to 300mA and the Time is set to 0.05 seconds (1/20 sec), the mAs = 15.

It is understood that more mAs in your X-Rays will result in more image detail. But it is also important to keep your shot time low to minimize the result of patient motion during the X-Ray. To maximize the potential mAs keep your mA is high as possible.

Happy Birthday to Us!
Metron Support Services Celebrating 9 Years...
You maybe would not think too much about the number 9. Just one digit short of the "perfect 10", so how special could this number be?

Turns out, the number 9 stands on its own...and in a very fun, mathematical way. As featured on the Numero News page of,  when you multiply any number by 9, then add the resulting digits and reduce them to a single digit, it always becomes a 9. 

For example, 6 x 9 = 54, reduce 54 to a single digit by adding them together: 5 + 4 = 9. Similarly, 8 x 9 = 72, and 7 + 2 = 9. Or 23 x 9 = 207, 2 + 0 + 7 = 9, and so forth.

Kinda fun! 9 is special, 9 is unique, 9 is us this year!!

Here at Metron Support Services, we are happy to be 9 and even more proud to assist all the doctors, technicians, and staff at your practice. We want you to achieve the best X-Ray images for your patient diagnostics from the first X-Ray image of the day to the last patient appointment. We strive for excellence in our customer support...answering your questions, troubleshooting issues, and training you and your staff on all the Metron Imaging Software features.

If you ever have questions about your Metron Imaging Software, c ontact us! We also schedule one-on-one phone training and can always assist when you are experiencing problems. 

We have been your support service for 9 years....and we thank you for supporting us from year 1.


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