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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GE Excite II 1.5T MRI Lease Price Guide

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Sep 2, 2014 11:31:16 AM

Excite_II_Lease_PriceLike its predecessor, the GE LX, the GE Excite II 1.5T MRI is extremely popular on the secondary market. This is partially due to its 8-channel R/F capacity, low upfront cost, and easy serviceability. 

The Excite II also offers excellent image quality in an efficient magnet design which dramatically reduces helium consumption. And, as with all GE MRI systems, the Excite II is easily upgradeable to platforms such as the HD, HDX, and HDXT.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

CT Tube Lifespan: Akron B and Akron Q

Posted by Paul Crawford

Aug 29, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Akron_Tube_LifespanIf your facility is using or considering a Siemens or Philips water-cooled CT scanner, you should note that these systems are equipped with Akron X-ray tubes.  

Scanners using the Akron B:

  • Siemens Volume Access
  • Siemens Volume Zoom
  • Siemens Sensation 4
  • Philips MX8000 Dual
  • Philips MX8000 4

Scanners using the Akron Q:

  • Siemens Sensation 10
  • Siemens Sensation 16
  • Philips MX8000 IDT 10
  • Philps MX8000 IDT 16

As with any X-ray tube, the Akron will need to be replaced periodically. In light of this, the question becomes, "How long can I expect an Akron CT tube to last?"

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Parts

1.5T MRI Suite Size Requirements

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Aug 27, 2014 12:27:08 PM

MRI_Room_SizeMost people have more than a few questions right out of the gate as they consider an imaging project, especially when they're looking at an MRI scanner. When considered against all other modalities, MRI is one of the most involved in terms of logistical challenges, site planning, and technical knowledge. 

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Hologic DEXA: Troubleshooting X-Ray Control Interrupt

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Aug 25, 2014 1:00:00 PM

X-Ray_Control_InterruptIf your Hologic DEXA system is giving you an "X-ray control interrupt" error, there is a series of easy-to-access LED lights inside your system that can help determine what the problem is. Checking these LEDs before you contact your service provider can help them better understand what your issue is and know (if necessary) which replacement parts to bring.

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Mini C-Arm Price Cost Guide

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Aug 22, 2014 4:43:41 PM

Mini_C_Arm_Price_GuideThis one is for all the extremity specialists out there.

A mini C-arm is obviously a great way to get an image of a hand or foot without taking up all the space of a full-size C, and a refurbished mini C-arm is definitely a great way to save substantially over the cost of a new one, but where exactly does a mini C-arm fall on the cost spectrum? That's exactly the question we'll be tackling today.

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

Philips FD20 Lease Price Guide

Posted by Tim Richard

Aug 21, 2014 1:40:18 PM

Philips_FD20_Lease_CostIt's digital! It's flexible! It's... perhaps a touch outside of your capital equipment budget right now?

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Financing

How to Change Monitors on an OEC 9800 C-Arm

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Aug 20, 2014 12:00:55 PM

Change_OEC_9800_CRTEventually, the monitors on your OEC 9800 will go dim, get image burn-in, or burn out altogether. We apologize if this leaves you feeling down, but it's an unfortunate reality for any system using CRT monitors. 

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

Why Upgrade Your R/F Room?

Posted by Tim Richard

Aug 15, 2014 3:36:45 PM

why-should-you-upgrade-your-rf-roomWe see it all the time- a facility puts off shopping for their next R/F room until the current system is on its very last leg, or worse, already failing. Reimbursement rates being what they are, coupled with the technological leaps in other imaging modalities over the last 15 years, this procrastination is somewhat understandable. For some facilities, it can seem like the only reason to replace their R/F room is to placate their accreditation organization.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray

HealthTrust University Recap

Posted by Josh Block

Aug 12, 2014 2:47:00 PM

health-trust-university-conference-2014Just two weeks ago, Dave McAndrews and I had the pleasure of attending the HealthTrust University Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee. Everything about the show was an absolute blast, but here are a few of the highlights:

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

OEC 9800 C-Arm Basic Demo [VIDEO]

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Aug 11, 2014 9:41:18 AM

oec-9800-demonstration-videoWhen it comes to C-arms, we get more requests for the OEC 9800 than any other model. On the refurbished market it occupies a "sweet spot" that balances clinical functionality with capital cost. We've put together a demonstration to show you what we mean.

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Topics: C-Arm


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