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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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OEC 9800 Super-C C-arm: What's So Super?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 24, 2016 1:27:02 PM

The OEC 9800 Super-C is a common and popular option on the refurbished C-arm market, but when first-time C-arm buyers come across it in our inventory, they often ask, "What exactly is so 'super' about this thing?"

Well, in most cases, “super” means a little something more, something extra above and beyond the average; “Super-sizing” gets you more fries, the “Super Soaker” shoots a few feet further than your everyday water pistol.

In the case of OEC C-arms, “Super-C” means a little more C. We'll tell you exactly what the differences are and what they mean for users.

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

3T MRI vs 1.5T MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jun 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

1.5 + 1.5 = 3, right? So a 3T MRI is twice as good as a 1.5T MRI, right?  As far as the field strength is concerned, sure. In the world of sales and marketing, absolutely. But from an imaging standpoint, a throughput standpoint, and a cashflow standpoint, maybe not. 

Before you spend up to twice the money for a 3T, we suggest you take a look at what it can do for you, and what it can’t. Read more below, or watch the video version of this blog at the foot of the page.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

What New CMS Cuts Mean for CR Image Processing

Posted by John Maher

Jun 22, 2016 8:59:14 AM

Many of our readers, friends, and contacts across the imaging field have heard about the CMS reimbursement cuts to film processing that will come into effect in 2017. As a result, we've been flooded with requests from people looking to update their equipment stables ahead of the cuts. Many of them are sensing an even deeper turn in the direction of digital imaging and are inquiring after the ongoing viability of CR processing as a solution.

What many people haven't heard is that the same legislation cutting reimbursements to film (The Consolidated Appropriations Act) will also cut reimbursements to CR processing in 2018 and again in 2023. In light of this additional wave of cuts, we want to share with you exactly what the law says will happen to CR reimbursements as well as how you can calculate your facility's position and form an upgrade plan.

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Topics: X-ray

6 Common Misconceptions About C-Arm Service Agreements

Posted by Gabe Viscomi

Jun 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Before I talk about the intricacies of C-arm service agreements, I have a question for you. Would you rather:

A) Have a cavity filled, or B) Sit down and read a service agreement in its entirety- including the fine print?

Given some of my past experiences with formal agreements and contracts, I might actually be inclined to get the cavity filled. There always seems to be something in all that paperwork that one doesn’t quite catch or understand fully- and it comes back to bite you in the end. This is precisely why I am writing this blog.

Your current service agreement may not cover everything that you think it does. Generally speaking, C-arm service agreements cover the cost of replacement parts, labor, and travel. They reduce risk and can end up saving you a significant amount of money. There are, however, some limitations to what is covered. Let's uncover some of them now.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

Philips MX16 Lease Price Guide

Posted by David Harns

Jun 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

So, your imaging facility is looking to upgrade or expand its CT capabilities with an MX 16 scanner from Philips? And you're looking to do so as affordably as possible? Excellent! The refurbished market has MX 16 systems readily available at prices significantly lower than buying one new

On top of that, if an outright purchase isn't feasible at the moment, there is another way to get the equipment you need without waiting to set aside a lump sum for the full purchase price.

A lease plan is an option that makes the MX 16 more accessible, and sooner. There are a variety of plans available but, for the sake of time, we'll break down what we've found to be the most popular below.

All of the plans below include installation of the system and the first year of a service agreement as part of the total purchase price. Breaking up the cost of the service agreement across the lease term gives you 12 months of lower payments before needing to tap into your regular ongoing service budget.

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

Stationary Anode vs. Rotating Anode: Two C-Arm Tube Types Compared

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jun 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Inside every C-arm X-ray tube (and any other X-ray tube for that matter) there is a cathode and an anode. The cathode receives incoming electrical current from the machine's generator and emits a beam of electrons onto the anode, where we'll focus our attention today.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray

Selling Your CT Scanner: What to Expect When You're Inspected

Posted by Dave Jenkins

Jun 9, 2016 9:21:43 AM

Selling your CT scanner can be a significant offset to the cost of your next equipment solution. In the midst of all the buyer hunting and price bargaining, however, it's important to remember that your buyer is likely to visit or send a representative to inspect the system before any money changes hands. 

With this in mind, our project management team compiled the steps below to give you a good idea of both what to expect and how to prepare for inspection. Our hope is that, through preparation, your buyer will be able to gain the confidence in the purchase they're looking for and you'll be able to earn the very best price you can get for your outbound CT scanner.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management

Vieworks VXvue Imaging Software Review

Posted by John Maher

Jun 3, 2016 10:10:25 AM

The radiology field has been talking for some time now about the benefits of digital radiography. But while it's true that any DR panel will help you get better images far quicker than an analog system, not all DR panel software suites provide the same level of user experience.

That said, we reviewed one of the DR software suites we see most often to help you better understand what you can expect from the day-to-day use of a DR panel.

Watch the video review below to hear how Vieworks' VXvue software performs in:

• Ease of use

• Image quality

• Adaptability

• Throughput

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

GE Innova RTAC: What Does It Do, Which One Do I Have?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jun 2, 2016 11:03:36 AM

Across the entire product line of GE Innova cath/angio labs, from the 2000 to the 4100 IQ, you will find a cabinet of image processing components called the Atlas C1. Inside that cabinet, among other things, are two very important computers: the RTAC (real-time acquisition controller) and the DL (digital leader).

We have already broken down the functionality and the varieties of the DL in a previous article. Today, we are going to focus on the RTAC: which functions it performs and, should you ever need to replace it, a few places you can check to determine which type of RTAC is currently installed on your particular system.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

Can I Secure a Refurbished C-Arm on a Trial Basis?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 1, 2016 9:55:04 AM

We talk to people every day looking for their next C-arm system. Frequently, we're asked if we offer a trial period for refurbished C-arms; a "try it before you buy it" demo so a facility can see the technical capabilities of a system in practice and/or see in person the quality of a refurbishment process.

Most of the time, when you're working with a refurbished equipment provider, the answer to this question is no. Below, we're going to share with you why this is the case as well as an alternative that can create a win/win solution for both your facility and the refurbished C-arm provider you're working with.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm


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