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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How Much Does It Cost to Lease a GE VCT 64?

Posted by David Harns

Jul 11, 2014 11:11:41 AM


People come to us when they want to upgrade their CT scanner AND save money over the cost of brand new equipment. However, even at refurbished CT prices, late-model scanners like the GE VCT 64-slice can represent a hefty sum to pay all at once. No worries: many refurbished imaging systems, including the VCT 64, are available through a variety of financing options that can make your initial costs far more manageable.

We'll break down our most popular options below, brief you on the advantages of each plan, and fill you in on the typical monthly lease payments for a GE VCT 64 under each plan. 

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Financing

How Much Does an Open MRI Scanner Weigh?

Posted by Jeremy Block

Jul 10, 2014 9:42:40 AM

Open_MRI_Scanner_WeightGetting a new open MRI scanner can be exciting: new capabilities, new ways to serve patients, and (maybe) eligibility for new reimbursements. But, before you go out and make an equipment purchase, you'll need to contain your excitement for a little while and sort out some logistics. Namely, you'll need to make sure just how much scanner your facility's infrastructure can handle.

With that need-to-know in mind, we've compiled the table below to show you the approximate system weight of the most popular open MRI scanners.


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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

CT Tube Lifespan: MRC 600, MRC 800

Posted by Paul Crawford

Jul 8, 2014 1:47:55 PM

MRC_TubeIf you own or are considering the purchase of an air-cooled CT scanner from Philips' Brilliance product line, you should know that the vast majority of these systems come equipped with an MRC 600 or an MRC 800 X-ray tube. In terms of the lifespan you can expect to see from these X-ray tubes, this is good news!

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Parts

OEC 9900 C-Arm Basic Demo [VIDEO]

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Jul 7, 2014 9:09:00 AM

OEC_9900_C-Arm_DemoAs the availability of refurbished OEC 9900 C-arms creeps gradually upward, more and more of the people we talk to have been asking to see the flexibility the system can offer them. For those of you that have asked- the wait is over!
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Topics: C-Arm

Mammotome Revolve Breast Biopsy Product Review

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 3, 2014 8:51:00 AM

Mammotome_Revolve_ReviewWe recently installed one of our refurbished prone biopsy tables in a hospital in downtown Chicago. Along with this table, we recommended the Mammotome Revolve biopsy device to our customer. Among the biopsy devices our engineers have worked with over the years, it was agreed that the Revolve offered the most capabilities.

The Mammotome Revolve is the most recent device in the Mammotome line. The unit features a laundry list of updates, so we'll just cover those that will make the biggest difference in your biopsy table use.

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Topics: Mammography

GE Digital Radiography System Price Cost Guide

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jul 2, 2014 9:06:00 AM

GE_Digital_X-Ray_Machine_PriceWhether you're jumping into digital radiography (DR) for the first time or coming back for another round, the benefits of DR are clearly a great choice for your facility. On top of that, with a generation or two of DR systems behind us, the secondary market has a variety of refurbished DR units that are available at prices far more affordable than new.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

GE Lightspeed Ultra 8-Slice vs. Brightspeed Edge 8-Slice

Posted by Jeremy Block

Jul 1, 2014 4:39:00 PM


On the surface, the Lightspeed Ultra 8 and the Brightspeed Edge have a lot in common. Both CT scanners come from GE, both scan at 8 slices, and there's a significant overlap in their years of production. So what exactly are the differences that make these systems unique from one another?

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, CT scanner

Do I Need a C-Arm or a Cath Lab?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 30, 2014 12:37:00 PM


As if the initial decision to open a surgical center wasn't big enough, those of you entering this territory are about to find yourselves embarking on a series of subsequent big decisions. One of the biggest will be which imaging equipment you choose.

The systems you're likely to need fall into two major categories: Mobile C-arms and cath/angio or interventional labs. The price points, technical features, service costs, and applications for these products are very different from one another, so it's important to have an understanding of what type of usage each is intended for.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, C-Arm

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a GE Lightspeed 16?

Posted by David Harns

Jun 27, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Lightspeed_16_LeaseIf you're in the market for a refurbished 16-slice CT scanner, chances are you've read up on the GE Lightspeed 16. We've covered the system's features and explained why it's so popular in other blogs, so we'll cut to the chase on the question that brought you to this one: "How Much Does It Cost to Lease a GE Lightspeed 16?"

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Financing

Can I Reuse My MRI Shielding?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jun 26, 2014 12:09:00 PM


When our MRI customers remodel or relocate their practices, one of several questions they usually ask us is, "Will we be able to reuse the shielding from our MRI suite?" It's a fair question, one which, after consulting with some shielding experts, is best answered with two words: "It depends."

Keep reading to find out which factors will determine whether or not your existing MRI shielding can be reused when you modify or move your facility.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI


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