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Siemens Cios Fusion vs. OEC 9900

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 29, 2016 9:11:02 AM

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For several years now, the OEC 9900 has enjoyed a "top shelf" status among C-arms, and for good reason. The 9900's design took all of the best elements of its predecessor (the similarly popular 9800), improved upon them, and added to them.

Now, however, Siemens has received FDA approval to begin distributing a new model that could bring some stiff competition to the 9900. That model, the Cios Fusion, is one of three new C-arms freshly approved from Siemens. 

We took a closer look at the literature, made a few phone calls, and compiled a side-by-side comparison of the OEC 9900 and the Siemens Cios Fusion. Keep reading to see how they stack up.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Turning Used Digital Mammos into Refurbished Digital Mammos

Posted by Jason Block

Apr 28, 2016 4:04:01 PM

Digital_Mammo_Refurb_Overview_Video.pngBuying a refurbished digital mammography machine means access to late-model technology at a much more affordable price than buying brand new. And, when your refurbishment is performed by a reputable provider, the condition of the system in question is comparable to what it was when the system first left the factory.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Mammography

Digital X-Ray Tech Support: Remote vs. On-Site

Posted by Becka Bowden

Apr 26, 2016 9:42:28 AM

Remote_vs_on_site.jpgIn working with X-ray users to upgrade their analog equipment with digital radiography (DR) panels, we've noticed that, at times, there can be a little confusion on the service/tech support end of things. The primary reason for this seems to be reconciling the on-site X-ray equipment service most of the imaging field is accustomed to with the remote service support that DR upgrade packages offer.

To help bring more clarity, we'll break down the differences, pros, and cons of both on-site and remote service support styles.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, X-ray

How to Use Registration and Landmarking on Your OEC 9800

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Apr 22, 2016 3:04:58 PM

OEC_9800_Registration_and_Landmarking.jpgOne of the reasons the OEC 9800 is a popular C-arm choice for cardiac, vascular, and neurovascular applications is its full complement of subtraction features. Among these, are registration and landmark controls that allow users to manipulate the relationship between a live fluoroscopy image and a reference "mask" image.

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Topics: C-Arm

How to Find Tube Info and Software Options on a Philips Brilliance 16 CT

Posted by Paul Crawford

Apr 21, 2016 12:15:09 PM

Brilliance_16_tube_info_and_software.jpgWhether you're buying or selling a CT, details related to the X-ray tube and the software options will have a lot to do with the price you pay or the price you get. The Philips Brilliance is no exception to this rule, so we put together the following video tutorial to help you navigate the system's interface to those key details.

Watch the clip below to see how to locate the following on a Philips Brilliance 16 CT scanner:

• Tube type

• Generator type  

• Enabled software options

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

The Best C-Arm Tables for Pain Management [VIDEO]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 20, 2016 11:36:16 AM

Best_Tables_for_Pain_Management.jpgStarting a pain management practice from the ground up can be a daunting process with many moving parts; not the least of which is choosing the right equipment package for your OR. To help make that a little easier for you, we talked with our resident C-arm expert, Chris Sharrock, about choosing a C-arm table that strikes the best balance between function and cost for pain management physicians.

Watch the clips below to see:

• Which table movements are the most essential for pain management practices

Which movements may be an unnecessary purchase

• Current average table pricing

C-arm table movements demonstrated 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

GE VCT 32 Lease Price Guide

Posted by David Harns

Apr 15, 2016 9:31:33 AM

VCT_32_Lease_Price.jpgUpgrading your CT equipment to a 32-slice scanner can seem a little out of reach as an outright purchase. If that sounds like the scenario your facility is in, the good news is that there are providers who understand this and offer options that can make that higher slice count more attainable: a three, four, or five-year lease.

Beyond the most apparent benefit (reducing starting costs), some lease plans build the cost of the first year of a service agreement into the total and spread it across the duration of the lease. This gives buyers a year of lower payments before having to tap into the regular service budget they reserve for their entire imaging equipment stable.

Keep reading to find what you can expect to pay each month to lease a GE VCT 32 under three common lease terms.

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

How to Tell if a GE Innova Is an IQ System

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Apr 14, 2016 3:33:41 PM

How_to_Tell_if_Innova_IQ.jpgThe “IQ” suffix on some systems in the GE Innova line of cath labs has caused some confusion over the years. Having an IQ could mean more or different table-side controls, a touchscreen interface, and improved PACS integration. However, we've talked to a lot of people wondering exactly which Innova version they have and whether or not they can enjoy the advantages of the IQ platform.

We decided it was about time to record the answers and put the question to rest once and for all. Here are some tips that will allow you to identify whether or not your Innova cath lab system is actually an Innova IQ.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

How to Find Tube Count and Software Options on a Siemens Sensation 64 CT

Posted by Paul Crawford

Apr 11, 2016 5:24:59 PM

Sensation_64_Tube_Count_and_Software_Options.jpgShould you ever decide to sell your Siemens Sensation 64 CT scanner, some of the most important information your prospective buyers will want to know is which software options are enabled on the system and how much usage the X-ray tube has seen.

If you can provide this information for a buyer, especially in the form of screenshots taken directly from the system's workstation, you'll eliminate unknown variables, build their confidence in your product, and increase your chances of securing a better selling price.

Watch the video below to learn where to find the enabled software options and tube usage/installation data for a Sensation 64 CT scanner.

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

Upgrade to a DR Panel with Section 179

Posted by John Maher

Apr 8, 2016 8:21:51 AM

Section_179_DR_Panel_Upgrades.pngThe Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (Div. O, title V, sec. 502) will significantly impact reimbursement for radiology procedures using film processing. Starting in 2017, if you are still using a film processor, CMS will decrease reimbursement for these CPT codes by 20%. This decrease will impact the overall cost of owning your processor- unless your chemical supplier and service company both decide to lower their prices to throw you a bone (we wouldn't count on it).

2016 is a good time to consider upgrading to direct digital imaging with a DR panel. Of course, depending on your individual budget scenario, a capital investment along those lines may be daunting. Fortunately, we're going to show you how a section 179 tax deduction can help ease your concerns. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

    

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