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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Does NEMA Standard XR-29 Apply to PET/CT?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Sep 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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If you own or operate a PET/CT, the moment you heard about NEMA standard XR-29 for CT scanners, your eyebrows, your ears, and the little hairs on the back of your neck probably all shot up in unison, and you thought: "Does that apply to my equipment too?" 

Believe us, lots of PET/CT users have been asking this same question (and plenty of other questions too). Keep reading and we'll fill you in on everything we know so far about PET/CT and XR-29.

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Topics: PET/CT, medical imaging news

GE Ultra 8 Lease Price Guide

Posted by David Harns

Sep 24, 2014 8:57:00 AM

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 So, you're hoping to upgrade from your quad-slice CT, but your capital equiment budget doesn't look like it'll have enough room for the jump all the way up to a 16-slice scanner for quite some time. Or, perhaps you've already taken the plunge into 16 slices and above, but your facility could use an overflow system to help handle your throughput needs.

In either of these cases, the GE Lightspeed Ultra 8 could be just the solution you're looking for. Not only does the Ultra 8 occupy a middle "sweet spot" in terms of function and cost, there are also a variety of financing options available that make the purchase of an Ultra 8 even simpler and more affordable.

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The Best II Size for Orthopedics

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 23, 2014 3:15:46 PM

II_Size_for_OrthopedicsThere are a lot of options out there when it comes to selecting the best C-arm for your practice's needs. Doing the legwork and considering all the specifications can be a little daunting and, most certainly, a little time-consuming. 

This is exactly why we're writing this blog to give a straight answer to one of the questions we hear the most: Which C-arm image intensifier (II) size is the best for orthopedics?

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Topics: C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment

Hologic DEXA: Getting Started

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Sep 19, 2014 9:16:27 AM

Hologic_DEXA_Video_TutorialsFor so many things in life, it pays to slow down a little and get started the right way: Begin your day with a good breakfast. Check your tire pressure before a roadtrip. Preheat your oven before you go throwin' that DiGiorno in there!

When it comes to DEXA scanners for bone density studies, there's no exception.

If you're new to DEXA, use the video library below to make sure you're kicking off your scanning sessions the recommended way. You can prevent failed QC tests, blown fuses, and even serious damage to your DEXA system's components.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Bone Densitometer

Toshiba Aquilion 64 Lease Price Guide

Posted by David Harns

Sep 18, 2014 4:12:37 PM

Aquilion_lease_paymentsIf you've been scanning at a lower slice count, a 64-slice CT represents a powerful step forward for your capabilities. Among the models you're likely to encounter as you begin considering the best 64-slice CT for you is Toshiba's Aquilion 64.

Like many of its contemporaries, the Aquilion offers improvements in image quality, dose reduction, and general workflow. Of course, along with these advantages comes a higher cost that, for some, may be a touch difficult to pay in a lump sum. In situations like these, leasing options from a refurbished equipment vendor can help make it happen.

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Financing

C-Arm Service Cost Comparison: OEC vs. Philips

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 15, 2014 10:35:06 AM

C-Arm_Service_CostBuilding a realistic budget for any C-arm includes setting aside some funds for its ongoing maintenance. Whether you choose to purchase a full service coverage package or to place service calls on a time and materials basis, system upkeep is a part of your costs that shouldn't be overlooked.

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

Siemens Arcadis C-Arm Price Cost Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 11, 2014 2:39:00 PM

Siemens_Arcadis_C-Arm_PricingThe Siemens Arcadis C-arm series is comprised of models known for powerful generators, hardily engineered parts, and isocentric 3D imaging. If any of these are compelling features for the specialties you intend to pursue with your C-arm purchase, a Siemens Arcadis C-arm could be an excellent fit for you. What's more- Arcadis series C-arms are more available on the secondary market than they've ever been. This is great news for facilities anticipating a high volume of vascular and/or bariatric studies.

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Topics: C-Arm, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

New Requirements for Low-Field MRI Reimbursements

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Sep 10, 2014 9:28:46 AM

.2T_MRI_ReimbursementGiven the ongoing recovery of the US economy, low-field MRI systems have never been more popular than they are today. As newer generations are released,these systems offer increasingly superb image quality in a low-cost, low-maintenance design that allows doctors a cost-effective way to scan patients and obtain reimbursement. However, due to a shift in the way insurance companies perceive image quality and MR field strength, new minimum standards may start to impact a low-field magnet's eligibility for reimbursement.

 

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Topics: MRI

OEC 9600 C-Arm Basic Demo [VIDEO]

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Sep 8, 2014 12:50:52 PM

9600_demonstration_videoThe OEC 9600 is a tried and true C-arm system that's a great fit for facilities with tighter budget constraints. It can be used for many of the same applications as the ever-popular OEC 9800 but, being one generation older, has come down in price on the secondary market.

For more details on the differences between the 9600 and it's successor, you can read our 9800 vs. 9600 comparison article. Before you do that though, watch the video below to see the OEC 9600 in action. Our engineer will demonstrate the image quality, braking/steering, and full range of motion- all on an OEC 9600 that has just gone through our refurbishment process. Enjoy!

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Topics: C-Arm

CT Tube Lifespan: Dura 202 and Dura 422

Posted by Chad Seelye

Sep 4, 2014 9:30:10 AM

Dura_Tube_LifespanAs you learn what to expect from your CT scanner in terms of parts and service costs, one of the most important things you can know is the average lifespan for your X-ray tube model. On any CT, the tube is a part that will need to be replaced periodically and is also one of the most expensive to replace.

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Parts

    

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