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MedPro Imaging Launches MPI ProbeLabs

RSNA-2010-Radiological socitey of North America annual meeting Imaging has introduced MPI ProbeLabs, turn-key transducer repair packages featuring state-of-the-art computer-based technology designed to enable major hospitals and networks to perform probe repairs in-house. The company also announced the recent appointment of Brock Brady as director of probe repair development and the promotion of Joseph Masek to vice president of sales for the company’s Ultrasound Probe Repair Division, which was recently launched to offer high quality probe repair services designed to counter a growing emphasis in the industry on probe exchange programs.

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Based on proprietary smartspeed repair technology not previously available in the U.S. market, the turn-key ProbeLab packages will include state-of-the-art computer-based probe repair devices and processes for fast, consistent repairs. The scalable packages will also include extensive on-site training and on-going support in probe asset management, designed to reduce preventable probe damage and maximize probe life expectancy.

“Looking for ways to lower maintenance costs without negatively impacting the quality of their imaging services, many large hospitals and healthcare networks are shifting more of their ultrasound, CT and MRI system service in-house. However, in-house probe repair has never been an option – until now,” said Charles Jahnke, president and CEO of MedPro Imaging.

MPI ProbeLabs is proud to offer scalable, turn-key ProbeLab packages offering a cost-effective alternative to replacing damaged probes by enabling clinical engineering departments to repair the majority of their own probes. In many cases, on-site probe repair will enable sites to put a mission-critical probe back into service the very next day, avoiding costly shipping and loaner fees, and lost revenue due to re-scheduled exams.”

Brock’s primary responsibility will be the development of new repair techniques, methods and processes, as well as expanding the range of probe models which can be repaired. Prior to joining MPI ProbeLabs, Brock spent seven years with Sonora Medical Systems, which was acquired by Unisyn Medical Technologies. Focusing on ultrasound transducer repair and research and development, Brock was responsible for pioneering many of Sonora’s complex probe repair capabilities. He received his initial electronics training in the United States Air Force and received multiple certificates from the Community College of the Air Force.

Masek has been serving as Director of Transducer Sales for MedPro Imaging since January 2010 and was tasked with forming MPI’s ProbeLab division. Prior to MedPro, Masek held senior sales and channel distribution positions with Sonora Medical Systems, Alpha Omega Imaging, and Siemens Medical Systems. He has successfully helped a number of major hospital networks develop and implement proactive probe asset managements programs, resulting in savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly in probe maintenance and replacement costs.

“Joe was brought on board to develop our probe division, culminating in the construction of a state-of-the-art probe repair facility located in the company’s Waukesha corporate headquarters,” added Jahnke. “He was instrumental in developing the concept of selling turn-key probe repair labs to major hospitals and healthcare networks, enabling them to repair their own probes in-house. Brock brings many years of probe repair R&D experience to MPI ProbeLabs, and will be invaluable to our development, enabling us to stay on the cutting edge of probe repair technology. Both bring tremendous transducer industry experience that we believe will strongly propel our repair-first model designed to help customers reduce their ultrasound lifecycle costs by keeping their own probes in service whether they use our repair services or perform the repairs in-house.”

MedPro Imaging will be demonstrating its technology at the 2010 RSNA in Lakeside Center; Hall D, Booth 907.

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