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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DR Panel Pixel Pitch: What Is It and How Important Is It?

Posted by John Maher

Apr 16, 2015 3:15:19 PM

Pixel_PitchAs you begin looking into the best DR panel to complement your X-ray system, one feature you're sure to come across in the market is pixel pitch. Every DR panel's specifications list it but, as the title of this article asks, what is pixel pitch and how important is it?

Keep reading to find out exactly how the pixel pitch of a DR panel should affect your purchasing decision.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Image Intensifier Lifespan and Signs of Failure

Posted by Jordan Graham

Apr 15, 2015 4:27:00 PM

Image_Intensifier_Lifespan_and_Signs_of_FailureIf you use fluoroscopy equipment like a C-arm, an R/F room, or an analog interventional lab you've got an image intensifier (II) that will one day need to be replaced. Most IIs have years of useful life in them, but it is not at all uncommon for a fluoroscopy system to go through at least a few of them over the course of its life.

Because of this, we polled our service engineering team to find a few ways users can prolong the life of their II as well as some ways they'll be able to tell that an II failure is on the way. Keep reading to learn how you can help keep your II around longer as well as how you can know when to plan for a replacement.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

GE MRI Scanner Cost Price Info [2015 Update]

Posted by Steve Rentz

Apr 13, 2015 4:26:08 PM

GE_MRI_Price_2015Watch the video below for average costs on GE MRI scanners. You'll see prices including delivery and installation for:

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

Why You Need a UPS for Your Imaging Equipment

Posted by Alison Johnson

Apr 10, 2015 3:43:13 PM

UPS_HeaderRemember the last time you lost power at home? Upsetting, wasn't it? Your team had seconds to score the winning goal, or you were just starting to dry your soaking head of hair, or you hadn't clicked "save" on that spreadsheet for half an hour and- ZAP- everything stopped and you were sitting in the dark.

Now think about this same scenario at your imaging facility. Also upsetting, but with significantly higher stakes than having to redo a few minutes of data entry or rely on the sports page in the morning. If you find the thought unsettling, keep reading to find out how a UPS could be just what you need to avoid "setbacks" like these.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

GE EXCITE HDxt 1.5T MRI Lease Price Guide

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Apr 8, 2015 11:06:53 AM

EXCITE_HDxt_Lease_PriceOften referred to as a “15x” or “16x” system, the EXCITE HDxt is a widely popular platform within the family of GE MR systems available on the secondary market. This is due, in large part, to its near-current software and higher-end image capabilities.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

Digital Cath Lab Equipment Cost Price Guide [2015 Update]

Posted by David McAndrews

Apr 6, 2015 4:38:00 PM

Cath_Lab_Price_2015So you're ready to take the digital cath lab plunge, eh? Excellent! And as you began making this decision, we're willing to bet the first (or maybe second) question to cross your mind was: "How much does digital cath lab equipment cost?" 

Just in case we were right about that (and even if we weren't), our cath lab experts have compiled current average pricing for five of the most popular digital cath lab models on the secondary market.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

The ONE Question Diagnostic Imaging Buyers Should Be Asking

Posted by David McAndrews

Apr 3, 2015 4:53:00 PM

Box_3_-_larger_fontIf you’re a hospital imaging director or purchasing director, you already know that it isn’t getting any easier to gain capital approval for equipment purchases. Reimbursement cuts, new accreditation requirements, ACA changes- all of these things, and others, have played a part in creating a trend that asks you to do more with less.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions

Wireless Digital X-Ray Upgrade: Field Demonstration

Posted by John Maher

Apr 1, 2015 12:58:17 PM

DR_Panel_DemoIf you've been thinking about re-investing in your X-ray equipment, you may have already read about the ways upgrading with a DR panel can extend the life of your existing system and improve your efficiency. Both of these assertions are very true- we've written about both of them in earlier blog posts- but, to bring the message about DR panel upgrades full-circle, we took our camera to a customer's family practice facility to show you the ease and versatility in the field.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Why Is My R/F Room Tape Measure off by 12"?

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Mar 26, 2015 1:39:05 PM

LegacyTapeMeasureHeaderIf you're a radiology veteran, this is a question that probably has you rolling your eyes.

Still- it's one we get on a fairly consistent basis so, in the interest of helping out all the noobs in the house, we put together a concise description and a few photos that should clear up where in the world the first foot of your R/F (or rad room) tape measure went.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, X-ray

How Much Does a CT Scanner Cost?

Posted by Paul Crawford

Mar 24, 2015 3:11:43 PM

CTPriceCostGuideEvery day people ask me, “How much should I budget for a CT Scanner?” and that is just too broad of a question. It is a little like asking how much a car costs. A Ford Pinto isn’t going to cost you much... you may be able to just pull it for free off my neighbor’s front lawn… but that Maserati is going to be a touch more expensive.

So in order to make sure you get the CT Scanner you need for the right price you should be ready to answer the following questions:

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost, CT Scanner


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