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 Definium 8000 vs. Proteus w/Digital Detector: The Cost of Ownership

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Oct 21, 2014 3:52:00 PM

Proteus_vs_DefiniumEver since the advent of digital flat-panel detectors for analog X-ray systems, people from all over have been asking us for comparisons of retrofitted systems versus "born" digital systems. We've discussed functionality and up-front cost in other articles, but, because there are more costs involved in owning an X-ray system than just the price tag on it, we thought it was about time to talk about the overall cost of ownership.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Upgrade Options for GE AMX IV Portable X-Ray

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Oct 17, 2014 11:39:50 AM

AMX_IV_UpgradesThe basic design and functionality of a portable X-ray machine hasn't changed dramatically over the last 20 years. This is precisely why it's so common to find GE AMX machines from 2005, 2000, and even 1995 still being used in hospitals every day.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray

How to Find Late-Model or Rare MRI Scanners

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Oct 14, 2014 10:28:00 AM

Espree_No_WatermarkLooking for a GE 430S?  Or perhaps you’re in the market for a high-end, all-the-software-options-installed 3.0T?  Or maybe a Hitachi Oasis would fit the bill?  

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Topics: MRI

CT Scanner Service Cost Price Info

Posted by Gabe Viscomi

Oct 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM

CT Scanner Service PriceIf you’ve recently purchased a CT scanner or are in the market for one, you’re probably beginning to research how much service for your new equipment will cost. We're here to help by revealing some average numbers you’re likely to find as you shop around (see the table at the end). 

Before we do though, we want to explain some of the factors that are considered when service contract quotes are being built. This is important because where your individual CT scanner fits in these criteria will, to a large degree, determine its service price.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Parts & Service

Do I Need a Short, Medium, or Long Table for My GE VCT 32 or 64 CT?

Posted by David Harns

Oct 8, 2014 3:47:10 PM

VCT_Table_SizesThis is a common question for us and, generally, we begin our answer with a little clarification: The VCT 32 and VCT 64 only come with two table sizes, medium or long. Much of the confusion comes from casual references to "short" tables (by which the speaker actually means the medium table) and also GE's decision to designate one of them as "medium", which implies to the layperson that there is a third "short" size. 

Interestingly enough, the medium table is technically the standard table for the VCT series with the long table being optional. Even so, in the secondary marketplace we come across long tables much more frequently than medium. 

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Topics: CT Scanner

Top 5 Rarest Used MRI Scanners (and Best Substitute MRI Machines)

Posted by Steve Rentz

Oct 6, 2014 5:30:00 PM

used mri scanner you cant always get what you want“You can’t always get what you want...” sang the Rolling Stones (quick… what year/what album?) and although they probably weren’t talking about used MRI scanners, it certainly holds true in this industry.  At this time, there is no shortage of high-quality, late-model pre-owned imaging equipment available throughout the world.  If you do some proper due-diligence you can save a lot of money, and in many cases a lot of time by capitalizing on these opportunities.  But you can also WASTE a lot of time trying to find systems that are either not plentiful on the market yet, or in such demand that they move instantly and at inflated prices. 

Here are some examples of rare used MRIs and some viable alternatives to them if you just don’t have the time (or the money) to keep digging. This is one person’s opinion of course, but as someone who deals in the secondary MRI Market every day, this is how I see it!  It goes without saying, if YOU have one of these systems, and are considering selling it, give us a call because the time to sell your used MRI is now (they won’t be rare forever).

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Valuations, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI

Hologic DEXA: Shutting Down Safely

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Oct 3, 2014 1:29:00 PM

Hologic_DEXA_ShutdownYou wouldn't go for a long run without doing a cool-down at the end, would you? Well, maybe you would, but you'd be a lot more sore the next day. Of course, there are those of you who are saying to yourselves, "I'd probably skip the long run altogether." If you fall in the latter category, I would encourage you to stop over-thinking the analogy and work with me a little.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Bone Densitometer

Turning Used CT Scanners into Refurbished CT Scanners [VIDEO]

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Oct 2, 2014 1:00:00 PM

CT Scanner RefurbishmentRefurbished CT scanners carry compelling price tags, especially when compared to the cost of brand-new equipment.

While “refurbishment” can mean a number of different things, the following video details the processes Block Imaging uses to return used CT scanners to OEM specifications for image quality, cosmetic appearance, and overall performance. If you have any trouble viewing the video, just keep reading for full descriptions and photos of each fully refurbished component.


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

3D C-Arm Comparison: Siemens Iso-C vs. Orbic 3D

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Oct 1, 2014 5:00:00 PM


If you're looking into 3D C-arms, you're probably already aware of the advantages they provide in terms of time savings, radiation dose reduction, and eliminating the need for patient repositioning.

If so, your next questions probably revolve around figuring out which 3D system is best for you. Read on to learn more details through a comparison of two of the more popular models from one of the top manufacturers.

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

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

Posted by Josh Nunez

Sep 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM


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


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