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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Which Cath Angio Lab Image Intensifier Size Do I Need?

Posted by Jeremy Block

Aug 28, 2015 3:43:52 PM

Cath_Lab_Angio_Lab_Best_II_SizeOver the years, we've had the opportunity to help people from hospitals and clinics across the world choose their interventional radiology equipment. During this process, one of the questions we hear every time is: Which image intensifier (II) size do I need? 

This is a great question and, to get the answer that will be a great fit for your facility, you'll need three other pieces of information. We'll break these down below so that you can be more prepared to get the equipment you need to best serve your patients.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

Hologic Selenia Detector Cost, Lifespan, and Replacement

Posted by Beka Fetters

Aug 27, 2015 3:53:00 PM

Hologic_Selenia_Detector_Cost_LifespanA dependable digital mammography unit is the cornerstone of any women's health department. Among the leaders in the digital mammo modality is the Hologic Selenia series.

While the Selenia's performance has earned it this place of favor, it's still subject to some of the same service and maintenance pratfalls of any digital X-ray equipment. One of the most serious among these is the eventuality of digital detector failure.

To help all you Selenia users out there prepare for this a little better, we've compiled information from the experiences of our parts and service teams and the facilities they serve to bring you typical cost, lifespan, and replacement information for your Hologic Selenia digital detector.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service, Mammography

DR Panel Price Cost Guide

Posted by John Maher

Aug 25, 2015 9:28:00 AM

dr_panel_price_guideIf higher image quality, faster scan times, and lower maintenance costs have you considering digital radiography (DR), but your budget has you considering toughing it out another year with analog X-ray equipment, there's an affordable middle ground: DR panels. Using a DR panel in your analog X-ray system lets you claim all of the advantages of a factory-made digital X-ray system without removing and replacing your existing unit.

Within the line of DR panels available, there are options that make the product flexible, in terms of both functionality and cost. Below you'll find more details and current average price ranges for each option.

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Topics: X-ray

Four Reasons Section 179 Tax Savings Still Matter in 2015

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Aug 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Section_179_2015If you've taken advantage of - or simply followed - the Section 179 tax deduction in the last few years you're aware already that it seems to be in a continuous state of flux. It will probably come as no surprise then when we tell you that has not changed in 2015.

Presently, the deduction is $25,000 for qualified equipment purchases between $25,000 and $200,000 that are delivered and installed by December 31, 2015. The deduction drops dollar-for-dollar as you spend over that. A 210k purchase will get a 15k deduction, a 220k purchase a 5k deduction, and so on until the deduction vanishes at 225k.

That's a significant difference from last year's numbers which granted deductions up to $500,000 on purchases up to $2,000,000. On the surface, it's easy to see why this change could make the deduction seem almost negligible for big-ticket systems like MRI and cath/angio suites, but we want to share four reasons why we think Section 179 still matters in 2015.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, medical imaging news

Building a Better Imaging Parts Experience [VIDEO]

Posted by Lauren Olin

Aug 21, 2015 9:23:00 AM

Parts_in_Stock_HeaderParts failure in your imaging equipment is never convenient. Time, schedules, cost, and patients (patience?) can all be affected. This is why, when your system needs a replacement part, the resolution can't come soon enough.

Our parts team has been working to that end, continuously improving to get you the parts you need even faster and easier. Watch the video below for a fun glimpse of what we've been doing to help you build a better experience when equipment setbacks happen.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

Top Four Part Failures for GE 1.5T MRI

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Aug 20, 2015 1:59:22 PM

GE_1.5T_PartsGE 1.5T MRI scanners are among the most popular systems in the world. They're reliable, easy to service, and when maintained properly, produce high-quality images. Still, like any frequently-used machine, they are subject to wear and tear and eventual parts failure.

If you're new to GE 1.5T ownership or considering a purchase, the following are some of the most common parts failures reported to our service team. Keep them in mind to help you and your team stay ahead of equipment downtime.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

MediCapture USB170 vs. USB200 vs. USB300

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Aug 14, 2015 3:51:41 PM

MediCap_ComparisonIf you use mobile imaging equipment (C-arm, ultrasound, endoscope, arthroscope) that doesn't have native DICOM, getting images from those systems onto your network will require a special solution. That's exactly where the MediCapture recorder comes into play. Of course, there are three varieties of MediCapture, so there's going to be a little leg work required to find out which one best fits your needs.

Fortunately for you, we've done the leg work on MediCapture and compiled it below. Read on for a comparison of these three image transfer systems and their different capabilities.

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Topics: C-Arm, Ultrasound

Mobile C-Arms vs. Fixed Urology Systems

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 13, 2015 4:10:50 PM

Urology_suite_vs_c_arm

When it comes to imaging equipment, today's urologist has options. Specifically: a mobile C-arm and surgical table with a monitoring system, or a dedicated, fixed urology suite.

There isn't a "right" answer when it comes to this decision- both options have their pros and cons- but, depending on the needs at your individual facility, there probably is a "best" answer.

If you could use a little clarity on the subject, the following are some of the major pros and cons, comparing the use of either a mobile C-arm and table with monitoring, or a fixed suite for your urology practice.

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC 9800 Handswitch & Footswitch Troubleshooting Basics

Posted by Chad Seelye

Aug 11, 2015 3:42:22 PM

OEC_9800_Handswitch_FootswitchThe X-ray handswitch and footswitch on your OEC 9800 are subject to a lot of wear and tear: being dropped, getting stomped on, having their cables run over. There's a pretty good chance that, over the lifetime of your C-arm, you'll have a malfunction from one or the other.

Some of these problems can be diagnosed and repaired. Others, might simply require a total replacement. The video below will give you a brief overview of what proper functionality looks like, what some common problems with hand/footswitches are, and where you should look to find the causes of these problems.

 

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

How to Find the Grid Lines on Your GE Proteus Rad Room

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 6, 2015 3:16:00 PM

Proteus_Grid_Lines_HeaderFor those of you who are upgrading your GE Proteus rad room with a CR reader or a DR panel, one of the things you'll need to check to make sure your system will be compatible with your upgrade is the line rating of the X-ray grids on your chest stand and under your table top.

If you've used a CR reader with your system before, there's a very strong chance that your grid is compatible with other CR models as well as with DR panels. However, it's best practice to be absolutely sure. It would be frustrating (at best) to discover a completely preventable compatibility issue the day your new upgrade arrives.

Your line ratings are clearly labeled on your system, but you have to know where to look for the stickers. We've filmed the following demonstration so that you can find your grid labels and check your ratings with minimal diassembly.

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Topics: X-ray

    

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