Your Guide to Medical Imaging Equipment

Enjoy these tips, tricks and insights that answer 100's of questions we've received from radiology and imaging professionals that need help buying, selling, servicing and maintaining their medical imaging equipment: MRI, CT, C-Arm, Digital X-ray, PET/CT and Women's Health. We extend the life of imaging equipment so that health care providers worldwide can extend the lives of patients. This is why we answer your imaging equipment questions.

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Hitachi Airis Elite vs. GE Ovation: Open MRI Compared

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 24, 2015 1:29:14 PM


If you’re like most people looking for a Hitachi Airis Elite right now, you might be wondering what happened to the market. The availability of Elites has plummeted, and fast. Heck, it’s even difficult to find Airis II magnets right now. So, what can you do if you’re in need of the capabilities of an Airis Elite but can’t find one?

Answer: Consider the .35T GE Ovation

The Ovation can do everything the Elite can do and, in most cases, can do it better. Take a look at the technical comparison below to see which features these systems share and some additional areas in which the Ovation shines.

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Topics: MRI

Stereotactic Biopsy Table Price Cost Guide

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 22, 2015 2:29:04 PM


If you're already serving mammography patients but are hoping to expand your breast cancer screening capabilities, a dedicated stereotactic biopsy unit could be just the solution for your facility.

On top of bringing more patient services under the same roof, the choice to add stereotactic biopsy equipment can help your facility's bottom line with eligibility for reimbursements that increased almost 50% over 2014 rates in January of 2015.

Watch the video below to see current pricing for refurbished stereotactic biopsy tables. Models covered include the Hologic Multicare and Siemens/Fischer Mammotest series. You'll also see pricing for extended warranty options.


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Topics: Mammography

The True Cost of XR-29 Non-Compliance

Posted by David Harns

Jul 21, 2015 3:29:00 PM

XR_29_non_compliance_costsA lot of people have spoken with us about NEMA XR-29 and most of them have, understandably, been focused on the financial impact of taking cuts versus spending the money to become compliant via upgrading or replacing their current CT equipment. While we can't disagree that those are very important considerations, we can point out that they are not the only considerations.

The following are a few points to walk you through the TRUE costs of not being NEMA XR-29 compliant: reimbursements, patient service, and opportunity.

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Topics: medical imaging news, CT Scanner

Bone Densitometer Price Cost Guide [2015 Update]

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 17, 2015 9:10:00 AM

Bone_Density_Price_2015Shopping for a bone densitometer? We thought you might be (what with you clicking your way into this blog and all), so we've put together current pricing ranges for bone units from the two major players in the field: GE and Hologic.

Watch the video below to get price ranges for:

  • GE Prodigy and Hologic Discovery
  • Warranty options
  • Applications training
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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Bone Densitometer, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

The Problem with Radiation Safety Training

Posted by Gabe Viscomi

Jul 16, 2015 3:26:38 PM

Online_Radiation_Safety_TrainingIf you work around X-ray equipment, you've been there: radiation saftey training. It probably wasn't convenient, it probably took longer than it needed to, and you probably got reminder emails every week for two months to make sure you were at the session. As inconvenient and moderately annoying as all this was for those of you who were simply attending, we're willing to bet it was FAR more inconvenient for the administrator who had to put it all together.

Fortunately, there is a way for everyone to get the training they need to be safe and to be compliant with state and federal regulations while side-stepping all the problems of traditional radiation safety courses: Online radiation safety training.

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Topics: Medical Imaging Service Training

Is DEXA Right for You? Reimbursement, ROI, and Rental

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 15, 2015 12:46:47 PM

DEXA_Rental_Header_2If you found this article by Googling "DEXA reimbursement" you may have seen some things on the search page that looked somewhat less than reassuring. We can't disagree- reimbursements do seem to be heading in the opposite direction than we'd hoped. At the same time, bone density scanning is necessary, and someone has to provide it. The question is- does it make good fiscal sense for you to throw your hat in the ring as that provider?

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Topics: Bone Densitometer, Imaging Equipment Rental

Digital Mammography Equipment Price/Cost Info [2015 Update]

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 10, 2015 5:36:00 PM

Digital_Mammo_Price_UpdateIf you're looking to step up your mammography capabilities with digital equipment while saving your capital budget on the refurbished market, you're most likely to find yourself choosing from two leading brands: GE and Hologic.

The video below reveals average pricing for the most popular digital mammography equipment from both manufacturers available on the secondary market.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost, Mammography

Advantages of Wireless DR Panels for R/F Rooms

Posted by Tim Richard

Jul 9, 2015 4:46:00 PM

DR_Panel_with_RF_RoomWe've had a lot to say in recent months about the benefits of upgrading analog rad rooms to digital rad rooms with wireless DR panels. We've talked about saving money, time, and space. We've talked about improving images and serving patients better. What we haven't talked about, is using DR panels to upgrade R/F rooms. As anyone with one of these systems knows, half of any R/F room is a rad room and, in most cases, these rad rooms are analog. This means that they are perfectly suited to going digital with a wireless panel.

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Topics: X-ray

Siemens Scope 16-Slice CT vs. Neusoft NeuViz 16 CT

Posted by David Harns

Jul 8, 2015 11:45:02 AM

Scope_16_vs_NeuViz_16If you're looking into a Siemens Scope 16, chances are you're after a compact, budget-conscious, 16-slice CT system. The Scope lives up to those requirements, but that isn't the end of the story.

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Topics: CT Scanner

Advantages of Wireless DR Panels for Portable X-Ray

Posted by John Maher

Jul 1, 2015 3:32:33 PM

DR_Upgrade_for_Portable_X-RayWhen it comes to workhorse equipment, you don't get much more durable and reliable than the portable X-ray machine. As a refurbisher of these systems, we get a closer look than most at the wear, tear, and downright abuse these systems can endure while continuing to provide quality diagnostic images.

Because of this durability and because of refurbishment, we're able to extend the lives of portable X-ray units and keep them in service, often longer than any other type of imaging system. Now, we can take the revitalizing effect of refurbishment a step further by enabling analog portable units with digital imaging technology via wireless DR panel upgrades.

Going digital offers users a number of benefits which, as the title of this blog promises, we'll get to in a minute. For starters, however, take a look at the video below to see what the upgrade kit looks like and what is included with it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray


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