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 healthcare providers worldwide can extend the lives of patients. This is why we answer your imaging equipment questions.

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Used and Refurbished C-Arms: How Important Is System Age?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 23, 2015 4:38:27 PM

C_Arm_Age_Header.jpgOne of the first questions we’re asked when we propose a used or refurbished C-arm to a customer is, “What year was it made?” This is a logical question to ask; a question one asks almost any time they buy something used. In the case of used C-arms, there are several reasons this information seems important, but simply knowing the date of manufacture (DOM) of a system can be deceiving.

The following are a few better ways to find out what you really want to know about used and refurbished C-arms.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

3 Price Points for Digital X-ray Equipment Options

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Nov 20, 2015 2:36:37 PM

Every day our team talks with people that tell us they want to start using digital X-ray but that they need to go digital at or below a certain price point. The good news for all of these people is that there is more than one way to go digital, and each method can accommodate a different price point as well as meet a different set of needs.

Take a look at the digital X-ray options below to begin building an idea of what might be the best fit for your facility's next solution.

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

5 Must-See Presentations at RSNA 2015

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 18, 2015 9:47:35 AM

Every year, the program for the RSNA meeting in Chicago is brimming with radiological brain candy - events and talks that cover just about any topic you can think of within the imaging field - and the 2015 edition is no exception. Unfortunately, because RSNA 2015 is only six days and the program is 125 pages long, there is no way anyone can see it all. It is for this reason that we've combed the program and selected five presentations that are sure to be relevant to the issues and realities the entire radiology field is facing right now and in coming years.  

These are topics that transcend both medical specialty and (with only one exception) imaging modality and affect the way equipment is purchased, the way radiologists and department managers build the business end of their work, and, most of all, the experience and quality of care that radiology patients receive. Read on for five talks we'd recommend for anybody invested in radiology today.

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

Medical Imaging Equipment Delivery: What to Expect

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Nov 12, 2015 4:15:49 PM

Maybe you're a first-time imaging equipment buyer, or maybe you've been burned by a bad experience in the past. Whatever the cause, one question we get from many of our customers is, “How is my system going to be handled?” This is a great question for two reasons: 1) Medical imaging equipment is a big investment that you want to protect. 2) Not every equipment dealer takes proper care when shipping and handling imaging systems.

To answer this question, we want to give you a quick debrief on how we handle systems going out our doors to end user sites. We certainly won't claim a 100% perfect record, but the following are shipping and handling practices that have allowed us to deliver hundreds of systems safely all over the world

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management

3 Advantages to Having a Motor-Driven OEC 9800

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 11, 2015 9:42:13 AM

The OEC 9800 MD (motor-driven) isn't a new variation of the popular 9800 product line, but the last year or so has seen an increased number of these units become available for purchase on the used and refurbished equipment market. With this increase in availability, we're getting more questions than ever about what the 9800 MD has to offer.

Here are three advantages your facility can benefit from with the use of an OEC 9800 MD

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Topics: C-Arm

Mini C-Arm Prices: How Much is a Mini C-Arm Really Going to Cost?

Posted by Josh Block

Nov 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

mini c-arm priceSo, you’re looking to step up your C-Arm imaging capabilities without feeding your budget (not to mention all your space) to the “C” monster. The spine, back, and pain physicians are always hogging the full-size C-Arm and you're just looking to heal a hand or a foot! Logically, the first option that comes to mind is the Mini-C. From there, you end up wondering about mini C-Arm prices, typing your questions into the nearest search bar, and then reading a helpful blog that breaks it all down for you. Great story huh? Well, stop clicking your heels Dorothy, ‘cause this ain’t Kansas and you’re right in the middle of it!

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Preparing for your Nuclear Camera Removal

Posted by Greg Minton

Nov 6, 2015 11:33:55 AM

So - whether your medical imaging team is upgrading its equipment, shifting the focus of its services, or (sadly) moving on to other endeavors altogether, the time has come for you to sell your nuclear camera. Now, since selling a nuclear camera isn't something most people do every day, you're wondering what it looks like to get one of these things out of your building. Frankly, because every building comes with its own unique features and challenges, we're wondering the same thing. This is precisely why before every removal, we conduct a thorough inspection of your site and your system.

To help you anticipate what will be going on before and during your nuclear camera's fond farewell, we've outlined how we handle nuclear camera inspection and removal below.

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Topics: Nuclear Camera, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Preparing for the RSNA Annual Meeting in Chicago

Posted by Krista Kotrla

Nov 5, 2015 4:15:56 PM

RSNA 2015 is just over three weeks away, which means it's the perfect time to brush up on your travel game and prepare for the biggest radiology gathering of the year! Pay special attention to the final section so that you can get clued in on our top secret RSNA tips.

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

Digital Mammography Inspection and Handling

Posted by Jason Block

Nov 4, 2015 12:27:17 PM

Some of the questions we get most often from buyers on the digital mammography market are questions about how a used mammography machine is validated and handled between its old home and its potential new home. These are excellent questions because not every equipment provider handles all of the steps involved in the same ways.

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Topics: Mammography

Tethered Digital X-Ray Upgrades: What's Included?

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Oct 29, 2015 5:06:12 PM

If you've heard any of the recent buzz about upgrading analog X-ray systems with digital radiography (DR) panels, you've definitely heard about how they improve speed, improve image quality, and reduce maintenance costs. But, while the benefits of upgrading may be clear, what you actually get when you purchase an upgrade kit is frequently glossed over.

Take a look at the video below to see all of the pieces that come with a typical DR panel upgrade kit. The kit you'll see has a tethered panel but, with the exception of some batteries, will resemble the kit you would receive with the purchase of a wireless DR panel upgrade.

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Topics: X-ray


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