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

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
November 4 - November 10

Veterans Day
Sunday, November 11

World Kindness Day
Tuesday, November 13

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 22

Black Friday
Friday, November 23

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24

Metron's Back Up Services will be changing soon!  Watch for more information to be released in the coming weeks.  

Have questions about best practices for backing up your Metron image  files?  Contact our support staff with any questions!
Metron Support Services will be closed Thanksgiving Day so our team can enjoy the holiday with family. 

Holiday Support Hours 
November 21:  8:00 am-4:00 pm CST 
November 22: Closed 
November 23: 8:00 am-4:00 pm CST 

Normal business hours of 
8:00 am-6:00 pm CST M-F 
start again Monday, November 26.
Update Viewstations too!

If you have completed the Metron 8 upgrade on your acquisition station, each viewstation in your practice needs to be upgraded individually to be able to communicate with your acquisition computer.

Don't see the software update prompt when you turn on your viewstation computer?  Contact Metron Support Services for assistance!
Watch for your December METRONews

The next monthly issue will be emailed Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
Better than Ever
Metron 8 Collections Feature

Does your practice use the Collections feature to compare radiographs taken on different dates, but aren't sure how to use the Collections feature in Metron 8? No worries! The Metron Collections feature you have used in previous versions of Metron is still available and better than ever. It is just accessed in a slightly different way.

Metron Collections makes it easy to display images side by side that are from different moments in time for the same patient, or of different patients. For example, if an animal breaks its leg, you could use the Metron Collection feature to compare the animal's injury from onset through the recovery process.

Using Collections, you can add an X-Ray from when the leg was initially broken, a post-operative view, and then another X-Ray taken a month later once the bone begins to set.

Have not yet created a Collection in Metron 8?
Click here to learn!
Communicating using Sign Language  
Bonding with Winston

My profession is a speech language pathologist, I work with adults and adolescents with neurological diseases from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, etc. many of which have lost their ability to speak verbally. Knowing this was my passion at a young age, I thought it would be beneficial to take three years of sign language in college. It has now been valuable to me in more ways than one.

Meghan's Story
We adopted our first English bulldog five years ago and fell in love with the smart yet stubborn breed instantly. Fast forward five years, we were looking to adopt a second bulldog. I was shopping at the mall when I noticed a family in the parking lot exchanging a bulldog puppy with its new owners. I, of course, started petting the puppy and asked if he had any litter mates. We exchanged phone numbers, and he texted me pictures of a puppy, who was the last one left in the litter. Multiple families had come to meet him in hopes of adoption however after the breeder disclosed the puppy was deaf, he was not anyone's first choice. I knew it was destiny! 

A Teaching Moment
The most memorable moment was teaching Winston his first sign, and him actually listening. 

Winston was a piranha when we first brought him home, biting down so hard he would make his bulldog brother and his owners bleed. When puppies are with their litter mates, they bite and play. When a sibling bites too hard, a litter mate will yelp, thus teaching the dog "Oh, that was too hard." Winston, being born deaf, never was able to pick up on these auditory cues. Because of this, the first sign we taught Winston was "gentle." When Winston bit too hard when receiving a treat, we would stop him, show him the sign for gentle (left hand in a fist and rubbing top of left fist with right hand) and try again. Once Winston was "gentle" he would receive the treat. The first time he actually took it gentle, I was ecstatic! We've now been able to generalize the "gentle" sign into playtime.

Winston is teaching others about deaf dogs. Many people think these dogs aren't capable of learning, worthy of love, or they won't make as good of family pets. 

All my friends and family who have met Winston are amazed at what he knows, how attentive he is, and how well he behaves. They often say "wow, I can't even tell that he's deaf." 

Winston is changing peoples mindsets one lap sit at a time.

Meghan - Contributed Story

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