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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Hologic DEXA HV Tank Troubleshooting

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Aug 1, 2014 2:12:27 PM

DEXA_HV_tankIs your Hologic DEXA machine locking up, tripping breakers, or showing streaks and lines in your scanning field? If so, you might have a failing high voltage (HV) tank.

These symptoms, and the subsequent failure of your HV tank, are frequently due to oil leakage from the tank. Oil leakage can accumulate in the X-ray cup, restricting X-ray emission. It can also lead to electrical arcing, which can shut your system down or damage other components. 


Watch the video to see how your daily QC tests can show you if your DEXA machine's HV tank is at risk of failure.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Bone Densitometer

C-Arm Rental Do's and Don'ts

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 31, 2014 2:40:00 PM

The-dos-and-donts-of-c-arm-rentalWith most of the things people rent, the process is relatively simple. There aren't generally a lot of logistics involved in getting a movie out of the RedBox on the corner or checking out a Corolla to get from an airport to a conference center. Renting a C-arm, however, comes with a few unique considerations.

Below, we'll break down the top things to make sure you do- and don't do- once you've decided that a C-arm rental is right for you.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Rental

Is My CT Scanner XR-29 Compliant?

Posted by David Harns

Jul 30, 2014 12:36:00 PM

is-my-ct-xr-29-compliantIf you haven’t yet read our blog post titled, NEMA Standard XR-29 for CT- What Does It Mean for You?, go ahead and do that first, then come back. Don’t worry. We’ll wait.

Back yet? Great! So, you understand that being non-compliant on XR-29 only effects reimbursement levels at a 15% rate, max, and that upgrading your machine to become XR-29 compliant might not be financially worth the cost that it takes to do so. You also understand that, despite how it sounds, not being XR-29 compliant will not get you shut down nor will you be forced to upgrade your CT.

After reading that, are you still curious if your system is compliant? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out. Directly from MITA, here are the four things your CT must have in order to be XR-29 compliant:

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Topics: CT scanner, Medical Imaging Compliance

Does Your Facility Need Iterative Reconstruction?

Posted by David Harns

Jul 28, 2014 3:13:00 PM

do-you-need-iterative-reconstructionIterative reconstruction (IR) is a relatively recent development in CT scanner technology. All the major manufacturers have integrated it into their product lines as well as registered a trademarked name for their individual IR software: ASiR (GE), IRIS (Siemens), iDose (Philips), AIDR (Toshiba).

It's always great to see CT technology take new steps and open new possibilities but, for anyone running a system that doesn't have the latest technology, the introduction of new features begs the question, "Do I need it right now?"

As much as we'd love to give a simple yes-or-no answer, whether or not your facility needs iterative reconstruction depends on your short-term goals.

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Topics: CT scanner, Medical Imaging Compliance

GE Innova 4100 vs Philips FD20 Interventional Lab Comparison

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 25, 2014 4:03:00 PM

GE-Innova-4100-vs-Philips-FD20If you're researching popular interventional labs, you'll see almost immediately that two of the hottest contenders on the market are the GE Innova 4100 and the Philips Allura Xper FD20. Of course, your next question becomes something similar to this: "Which of these is better for my facility?" That's an excellent question and one that can only be answered by weighing your facility's situation against the pros and cons of these two labs. That's where a good, old-fashioned comparison article like this comes in!

We'll kick off this comparison by saying that both of these models are high-quality systems that excel in a number of areas. The points below will highlight their separate strengths to lend some clarity to the choice between the two.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

Why Refurbished Imaging Equipment?

Posted by Josh Block

Jul 24, 2014 4:52:00 PM

why-refurbished-imaging-equipment"Why buy refurbished imaging equipment?" Seems like a fair, simple question to answer, right?

Fair? Absolutely. Simple? Not so much.

Beyond the obvious benefit of a lower purchase price, there are actually many other reasons why there has never been a better time to look toward refurbished imaging equipment. We'll break down what we see as the top five below.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment

What to Expect During an R/F Room Removal

Posted by Tim Richard

Jul 23, 2014 11:10:33 AM

R-F_RemovalEventually, it will happen at every hospital: The R/F room will come to the end of its long, reliable life and need to be replaced. But, before you'll be able to get the new system in, Ol' Faithful is going to have to come out.

Removing an R/F room is a big job with a lot of steps and moving parts but, with the help of an experienced imaging equipment team, it can be done safely, efficiently, and relatively quickly. Whether this process is years away or in your near future, it will help to know what you're in store for. 

Below you'll read the process of a general R/F room removal. You'll also read a few tips for things that you will need to do. Some jobs present their own unique challenges but, generally, these projects go as follows:

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a Siemens Symphony 1.5T MRI?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 21, 2014 11:24:29 AM

Symphony_1.5_LeaseWith a large install base and the popular Syngo software platform, the Siemens Symphony 1.5T is a system that is not only reliable and available, but also economical. This MRI offers great image quality for those looking to enter the 1.5T arena and at a price that is friendly to anyone planning to expand their capabilities to include MRI.  Additionally, service and parts costs are less expensive due to the system’s popularity.


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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

CT Simulation Equipment Features

Posted by David Harns

Jul 18, 2014 12:15:31 PM

CT_Simulation_FeaturesIf your facility intends to provide patients with radiation oncology services, a CT scanner with CT simulation (CT sim) capabilities is a tool you'll need. These systems are used to create patient models that are the basis for radiation therapy treatments conducted on linear accelerators.

Not just any CT scanner can be used for CT sim, although all CT sim scanners can be used for general diagnostic scanning. So, this leads us to the question: Which features differentiate a CT simulation-enabled scanner from a standard CT scanner?


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Topics: CT scanner

1.5T MRI Machine Price Cost Guide

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 16, 2014 1:31:26 PM

1.5T_Cost_PriceThe 1.5T scanner is the quintessential MRI machine. It's powerful enough to perform the vast majority of common MRI studies, readily available on the secondary market, and (relatively speaking) moderately priced- which is what you came here for, right? 

Well, before we dig in and tell you what you can expect to pay for a used 1.5T MRI machine, you should know that the price for an individual system will vary across a number of factors including availability, coils, software levels, channels, and gradient type. To account for these variables, we'll show you the full range of current average prices for each machine

That being said, here goes!

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


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