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 healthcare providers worldwide can extend the lives of patients. This is why we answer your imaging equipment questions.

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Siemens Sensation 16 Lease Price Guide

Posted by David Harns

May 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Sensation_16_Lease_Payment.jpgWe all know it's important to have the right tools to serve patients, but many of us also know that these tools can come at a cost too high to buy them outright. If the tool your facility happens to need is a 16-slice CT scanner, this article has good news for you: lease terms are available to make upgrading more feasible for imaging centers that need to be budget-conscious.

While it's understood that leasing equipment lowers starting costs, you should also know that some lease providers include the price of the scanner's first year of service coverage in a bundle price and break it out across the full term of the lease as part of the monthly payment. This allows for 12 months of lower payments before you ever have to tap into the funds you would normally set aside for equipment upkeep.

Below, find what you can expect your monthly payments to be for a lease on a Siemens Sensation 16 under three common lease term lengths.

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

OEC 9800 vs. Siemens Arcadis Varic

Posted by Tim Richard

May 19, 2016 3:30:00 PM


While many C-arms are versatile across a variety of applications, shopping for the best system is still not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Depending on what your budget and specialty are, the refurbished market has a number of systems to offer.

Among the refurbished makes and models you'll find are the Siemens Arcadis Varic and the OEC 9800. While the models certainly have some overlap in functionality, there are areas where each shines in contrast to the other.

To help you know the pros and cons as you shop for your next C-arm, view the clip below to see how the 9800 and the Arcadis Varic stack up in terms of:

• Generator power

• Rotating vs. stationary X-ray tubes

• System size

• Cost

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

3 Questions for More Accurate CT Scanner Project Quotes

Posted by Sarah Christopher

May 18, 2016 2:10:36 PM

Three_Questions_For_a_Better_CT_Quote.jpgFrequently, our conversation with a prospective CT scanner buyer starts something like this: “I want to buy a CT. What’s the price?” or “When can my project start/finish?” or “Can you install, service, and train us on the system?”. These types of questions are all very important pieces of a bigger puzzle. What we find many times, however, is that  to answer each of these questions, we need to dig deeper by asking the buyer a few questions of our own.

The following are three questions your provider will want to address with you before they'll be able to give you a firm quote, an estimated timeline, or help you make arrangements for training and service.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

Rad Room Installation with Tethered Digital Detector [Project Time Lapse]

Posted by Danny Fisher

May 13, 2016 2:10:38 PM

Rad_and_DR_Install_Time_Lapse.pngWith all the recent tumult of reimbursement cuts for film and impending cuts for CR image processing, our team is having more and more conversations about how facilities can take their X-ray imaging fully digital in affordable ways. One option that we discuss frequently is purchasing an analog rad room and pairing it with a digital flat-panel detector.

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Sony UP991AD vs. Sony UP990AD: C-Arm/Ultrasound Printer Comparison

Posted by Kylie Dishaw

May 12, 2016 2:06:34 PM

Sony_UP991_vs_UP990.jpgWhen it comes to C-arm/ultrasound printers, Sony has a history of consistent incremental improvement with each model they release. A prime example of this is replacing the Sony UP990AD with the Sony UP991AD.

On one hand, we love this. Seeing the introduction of better and better tools for physicians means great things for patient care. On the other hand, when two models are so similar, it can be tough to tell exactly what sets them apart from one another and whether the difference warrants spending more on one than the other.

To help those of you looking for a great C-arm or ultrasound printer, we've broken down the differences between the UP991AD and the UP990AD so that you can find the best fit for your printing needs.

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Topics: C-Arm

Mammography Service Cost Price Info

Posted by Stephen Loomis

May 10, 2016 3:44:57 PM

Digital_Mammo_Service_Price_Cost.jpgA reliable mammography system is an imaging facility's first, and best tool for breast cancer detection. This is precisely why it's important to have a plan for regular preventative maintenance and for repairs when unexpected equipment problems arise. With a plan in place, your facility can minimize equipment downtime, avoid lost reimbursements, and save money on the cost of replacement parts.

To help you build your expectations of what it might cost to cover your equipment maintenance through an independent service organization (ISO), we've pulled together current price averages for one year of our most inclusive Full Service Coverage plan as well as broken down a few of the key factors that will be a part of determining your individual price.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Parts & Service, Mammography

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

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

May 6, 2016 3:55:52 PM

GE_Innova_DL.jpgEvery Innova cath/angio system has an Atlas C1 cabinet where the lion's share of the image processing takes place. There are a lot of electrionics inside this cabinet, including two computers called the DL and the RTAC. We'll be sure to give you the rundown on all the other goodies in your Atlas C1 later, but right now we’ll start with the DL.

DL stands for digital leader.  As the user, you have little interaction with this computer, but it is incredibly important to the functioning of your Innova system. Keep reading to find out why your Innova DL is so important as well as how to tell which version of the DL (there are several) is installed in the system you have in front of you.

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

Urgent Care X-Ray Equipment Price Cost Guide

Posted by Tim Mustapha

May 5, 2016 2:53:17 PM

Urgent_Care_Price_Guide.jpgIf you're preparing to open an urgent care facility, one of the biggest equipment investments you'll make will be your X-ray suite. There are a lot of different ways to get the capabilities you'll need for urgent care, but many of them are not as cost-effective as someone opening a brand-new practice might hope.

We talked with our X-ray Product Team and got their top three picks for setting up your first urgent care X-ray suite. Watch the video below to see current average pricing for:

• Portable X-ray/digital detector packages

• Analog X-ray room/digital detector packages

• Digital straight-arm systems

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Toshiba Aquilion 16 Lease Price Guide

Posted by David Harns

May 4, 2016 9:04:26 AM

Aquilion_16_cost_price.jpgUpgrading, replacing, adding a scanner- whatever your reason for buying a 16-slice CT scanner, doing so outright isn't always an option. If it isn't an option for you right now, don't worry. The secondary market can help you manage your up-front equipment costs with a three, four, or five-year lease.

Beyond simply lowering starting costs, some lease plans build the cost of a year of service coverage into the final price and spread it across the full term of the lease. This provides a year of lower payments before having to use any of the funds normally set aside for equipment upkeep.

Below, find what you can expect your monthly payments to be to lease a Toshiba Aquilion 16 under three common lease terms.

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

Siemens Cios Fusion vs. OEC 9900

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 29, 2016 9:11:02 AM


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


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