National BMET association has a name; Harrington receives service award.


by Glen L. Wolfe, CBET, CET

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I) has announced that it will be adding a certified biomedical imaging technician (CBIET) option to its 22 other certification exams. Since the mid-1960s, ETA-I has offered a variety of certification exams to electronics technicians. These certifications are globally recognized throughout the electronics industry and backed by the ICAC (International Certification Accreditation Council). From avionics to fiber optics, the ETA-I has continually kept pace with the ever-changing landscape of the electronics technician. In this tradition the CBIET was created.

The ETA-I’s biomedical committee appointed a specialized subcommittee that included a former United States Army Medical Equipment School instructor, a certified biomedical equipment technician, and former field service engineers from the top medical imaging manufacturer. This committee compiled a 100-question exam covering a broad spectrum of imaging modalities. Topics include x-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound imaging, and magnetic resonance imaging. Theory and troubleshooting are covered, as are anatomy, medical terminology, regulation, and safety. Once the exam was completed it was beta-tested through the Indiana Biomedical Society.

Now the CBIET exam will be offered alongside the ETA-I’s other certifications. It can be taken at any time for a fee of $75. A minimum of 75 correct answers will earn a candidate the certification. Testing sites are located throughout the country and can be located by visiting the ETA-I’s Web site. The ETA-I has given the imaging engineer the ability to demonstrate proficiency and gain recognition with the addition of this certification. It is anticipated that this long overlooked industry will embrace the chance to be included in the certification process. The ETA-I continues to meet the needs of technicians worldwide with training, resources and a strong voice in the electronics community. Adding an imaging technician certification is just one example of how the ETA-I is working for the technician. For information on this certification or others visit the Electronics Technicians Association, International at

Glen L. Wolfe CBET, CET, is the biomedical engineering operation manager for Adventist Healthcare System, Midwest Region. He has worked in the field for 12 years and holds a BS in biomedical technology.

Harrington Awarded the Ben Pickering Award for Service to Others
David P. Harrington of Technology in Medicine Inc (TiM) has been awarded the Pickering Award in recognition of a long-term commitment to service without regard to recognition or reward. According to Raymond P. Zambuto, president of TiM, Harrington more than meets these criteria:

“The Pickering award recognizes people who live a life of service to others [and] Dave Harrington’s job at TiM revolves around teaching and developing people. He has great strength in working with new and younger people in our field, bringing their skills along. He has also exposed people to the professional side of the business through teleconferences for the managers, encouraging attendance at professional meetings, and involving staff technicians in publishing.”

Harrington, the director of education and training at TiM, is a well-respected clinical engineer, teacher, and commentator. His career has spanned 4 decades, during which he has mentored hundreds of biomeds as director of clinical engineering at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Harrington is a regular contributor to 24×7 and is a member of its editorial advisory board.

Congratulations, Dave.

New National Biomed Organization Has a Name
The board of the new national organization for biomeds is pleased to announce that a name has been selected through votes submitted by biomeds nationwide.

Mary Coker, CBET, who has been a strong proponent of the organization for the last two years (see November 2003 24×7), tells biomeds, “You now have a selected name for your organization: Medical Equipment & Technology Association. This name was chosen through a vote that was held in October. The META website is up and will provide more information on the organization, goals, benefits, etc at It will be added to and improved weekly.

“Our marketing group is working on flyers and other tools that will promote the biomed profession. These tools could be used for career fairs, educational opportunities, or right in your own organization to promote yourself and your department. Many other projects have also begun. Look for more information and tools to follow.”

24×7 looks forward to bringing our readers news of META in future issues.

New interface provides instant access
Following an extensive 18-month process of evaluating four competing patient monitoring systems, the 450-bed University of Illinois Medical Center (Chicago) has entered into a 10-year partnership with Spacelabs Medical (Issaquah, Wash). The hospital-wide Spacelabs system will enable clinicians to access up-to-the-minute patient information from any point in the medical center. The Spacelabs patient monitoring system will interface with the Center Millennium, the hospitals new information system, to bring all HIS applications directly to the patient’s bedside. In addition, doctors and other critical hospital staff will be able to access secure patient data from anywhere in the medical center, including the outpatient care center, or via the Internet. According to hospital administrators, clinicians will be able to review or actively monitor patients; vital signs; data from ancillary devices such as pulse oximeters, ventilators, and balloon pumps; as well as information from other departments instantly from anywhere throughout the medical center.

FDA OKs Siemens Linear Accelerator
Siemens Medical Solutions (Malvern, Pa) announces that its Oncor™ Avant-Garde Linear Accelerator has received 510(K) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration and is now commercially available in the United States. Oncor Avant-Garde, the most recent innovative linear accelerator in the radiation-therapy market, is designed to deliver advanced radiation-therapy treatments in a streamlined workflow environment and to improve treatment delivery for patients.

The introduction of Oncor in the marketplace will integrate a variety of efficient technologies, such as Optifocus™ MLC, a full-field, high-resolution multileaf collimator that is based on a double-focused, divergent, low-leaking design. The system also incorporates Siemens’ patented Optibeam™ IMRT, an optimized technique for intensity-modulated radiation-therapy delivery that uses best-in-class verification to safely provide treatments with speed and accuracy.

CMIA to Award Biomedical Professionals
The California Medial Instrumentation Association (Sacramento, Calif) is now accepting nominations for the Welch Allyn/CMIA California Biomedical Professional of the Year award for 2003. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000 at the CMIA annual dinner on January 17 at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, Calif. Nominations are open to all California hospital biomedical technology workers and can be submitted online at

The association is also accepting applications for the Frank Yip Memorial Scholarship. The fund, worth $500, was developed to assist those who are studying to begin or further their careers in biomedical/clinical engineering. To qualify, studies must be of a post-high school nature at an accredited educational facility in the state of California. Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or be currently in the field and must have US citizenship. Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2003.

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Philips and Nellcor Extend 14-Year Business Relationship by Joining Forces
Royal Philips Electronics (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Nellcor (Pleasanton, Calif), a division of Tyco Healthcare, announced a long-term agreement to make Nellcor’s new OxiMax® pulse oximetry technology available for Philips patient-monitoring platforms, including its IntelliVue system. The terms of the agreement will allow Philips customers to use Nellcor’s innovative new OxiMax sensors, including the MAX-FAST™ adhesive forehead sensor and the SoftCare™ nonadhesive sensor. The SoftCare sensor is designed especially for newborns and other patients with fragile skin. Philips and Nellcor plan to market the new solutions that support the use of OxiMax sensors and technology in Philips monitoring systems in the United States.