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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Buying a Used C-Arm: The Top 5 Items You May Be Overlooking

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 23, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Top_5_in_Used_C_ArmsAs a provdier of used and refurbished C-arm equipment, we see a lot of quotes from a lot of other equipment providers. When we see these quotes, we make the same two observations over and over again:

1. More and more people are (very wisely) shopping around.

2. There are an awful lot of "nuts and bolts" items that can be easy to overlook amongst the pages.

This article exists because of observation number 2. The following list contains 5 of the contract items most commonly overlooked by people shopping the secondary C-arm market.

When reviewing a quote, keep these in mind. It will almost always have a big impact on the bottom line of your purchase.

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Topics: C-Arm, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Gadox vs. Cesium: DR Panel Comparison

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Apr 21, 2015 2:10:00 PM

GadOx_Panels_vs._CsI_PanelsInside every digital radiography (DR) detector panel is a layer of material called the scintillator. Right now, there are two main chemical compounds being used as scintillators in the manufacture of these panels: gadolinium oxysulfide (Gadox, for short) and cesium iodide (CsI).

Both of these materials are approved for use in diagnostic X-ray, and both of them are readily available in the DR marketplace. So, how does an imaging facility choose between a DR panel with Gadox and one with CsI?

The following are the most significant differences in purchasing and using a Gadox DR panel vs. a CsI panel.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

How to Fix Your Sagging Mini C-Arm

Posted by David Schultz

Apr 20, 2015 1:12:00 PM

Sagging_Mini_C_ArmAre you having trouble keeping your OEC 6800 or 6600 mini C-arm in position? Does the articulating arm gradually sag lower and lower throughout your scans? There's no need to worry. This is actually a very common problem, you're certainly not the first to ask about it, and it happens to be very easy to solve as well.

Follow the 5 simple steps below to return your OEC mini C-arm to the firm, stable positioning it had when you first acquired it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

DR Panel Pixel Pitch: What Is It and How Important Is It?

Posted by John Maher

Apr 16, 2015 3:15:19 PM

Pixel_PitchAs you begin looking into the best DR panel to complement your X-ray system, one feature you're sure to come across in the market is pixel pitch. Every DR panel's specifications list it but, as the title of this article asks, what is pixel pitch and how important is it?

Keep reading to find out exactly how the pixel pitch of a DR panel should affect your purchasing decision.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Image Intensifier Lifespan and Signs of Failure

Posted by Jordan Graham

Apr 15, 2015 4:27:00 PM

Image_Intensifier_Lifespan_and_Signs_of_FailureIf you use fluoroscopy equipment like a C-arm, an R/F room, or an analog interventional lab you've got an image intensifier (II) that will one day need to be replaced. Most IIs have years of useful life in them, but it is not at all uncommon for a fluoroscopy system to go through at least a few of them over the course of its life.

Because of this, we polled our service engineering team to find a few ways users can prolong the life of their II as well as some ways they'll be able to tell that an II failure is on the way. Keep reading to learn how you can help keep your II around longer as well as how you can know when to plan for a replacement.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

GE MRI Scanner Cost Price Info [2015 Update]

Posted by Steve Rentz

Apr 13, 2015 4:26:08 PM

GE_MRI_Price_2015Watch the video below for average costs on GE MRI scanners. You'll see prices including delivery and installation for:

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

Why You Need a UPS for Your Imaging Equipment

Posted by Alison Johnson

Apr 10, 2015 3:43:13 PM

UPS_HeaderRemember the last time you lost power at home? Upsetting, wasn't it? Your team had seconds to score the winning goal, or you were just starting to dry your soaking head of hair, or you hadn't clicked "save" on that spreadsheet for half an hour and- ZAP- everything stopped and you were sitting in the dark.

Now think about this same scenario at your imaging facility. Also upsetting, but with significantly higher stakes than having to redo a few minutes of data entry or rely on the sports page in the morning. If you find the thought unsettling, keep reading to find out how a UPS could be just what you need to avoid "setbacks" like these.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

GE EXCITE HDxt 1.5T MRI Lease Price Guide

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Apr 8, 2015 11:06:53 AM

EXCITE_HDxt_Lease_PriceOften referred to as a “15x” or “16x” system, the EXCITE HDxt is a widely popular platform within the family of GE MR systems available on the secondary market. This is due, in large part, to its near-current software and higher-end image capabilities.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

Digital Cath Lab Equipment Cost Price Guide [2015 Update]

Posted by David McAndrews

Apr 6, 2015 4:38:00 PM

Cath_Lab_Price_2015So you're ready to take the digital cath lab plunge, eh? Excellent! And as you began making this decision, we're willing to bet the first (or maybe second) question to cross your mind was: "How much does digital cath lab equipment cost?" 

Just in case we were right about that (and even if we weren't), our cath lab experts have compiled current average pricing for five of the most popular digital cath lab models on the secondary market.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

The ONE Question Diagnostic Imaging Buyers Should Be Asking

Posted by David McAndrews

Apr 3, 2015 4:53:00 PM

Box_3_-_larger_fontIf you’re a hospital imaging director or purchasing director, you already know that it isn’t getting any easier to gain capital approval for equipment purchases. Reimbursement cuts, new accreditation requirements, ACA changes- all of these things, and others, have played a part in creating a trend that asks you to do more with less.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions


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