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Advantages of Wireless DR Panels for Portable X-Ray

Posted by John Maher

Jul 1, 2015 3:32:33 PM

DR_Upgrade_for_Portable_X-RayWhen it comes to workhorse equipment, you don't get much more durable and reliable than the portable X-ray machine. As a refurbisher of these systems, we get a closer look than most at the wear, tear, and downright abuse these systems can endure while continuing to provide quality diagnostic images.

Because of this durability and because of refurbishment, we're able to extend the lives of portable X-ray units and keep them in service, often longer than any other type of imaging system. Now, we can take the revitalizing effect of refurbishment a step further by enabling analog portable units with digital imaging technology via wireless DR panel upgrades.

Going digital offers users a number of benefits which, as the title of this blog promises, we'll get to in a minute. For starters, however, take a look at the video below to see what the upgrade kit looks like and what is included with it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

OEC C-Arm Flat Screen Monitor Upgrades: Bridging the 9800/9900 Gap

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 29, 2015 8:45:00 AM

OEC_Flat_Screen_Monitor_UpgradesIt's no secret that the OEC 9800 and its successor, the OEC 9900, have a lot in common when it comes to scanning patients, but when it comes to the user experience of techs and docs, the 9900 has some significant advantages: flat screen LCD monitors on an articulating boom arm.

Now, there are upgrades available that let OEC 9800 users gain those same advantages without going all in on the cost of an OEC 9900. Take a look at the video below to see a brief demonstration of the improvements on an upgraded 9800, including:

  • Greater viewing area
  • Higher resolution and brightness
  • More responsive touchscreens
  • Flexible articulating arm
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Topics: C-Arm

C-Arm Cost Price Guide [2015 Update]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 24, 2015 4:56:00 PM

C_Arm_Price_Update_2015See the video below for a simple breakdown of cost and price information for popular c-arm models from leading manufacturers, including:

  • OEC C-Arms
  • Siemens C-Arms
  • Philips C-Arms
  • Ziehm C-Arms
  • Fluoroscan C-Arms


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Buying a PET/CT Scanner? 3 Questions to Guide Your Search

Posted by Josh Nunez

Jun 24, 2015 1:14:07 PM

PET_CT_Questions_HeaderIf you're about to shop for your first PET/CT scanner, you're also about to step headlong into a sea of options, accessories, and price points. Before you do, there are a few questions you should have at least tentative answers to. These answers will help guide you in a search that has the potential to be a bit overwhelming.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, PET/CT

Considering Cardiac CTA? Consider These 3 Things First

Posted by David Harns

Jun 22, 2015 9:37:11 AM

Cardiac_CTA_ROII once sat down with a representative from a large IDN to discuss his experience with a 64-slice CT system. I asked him, “So, you purchased a 64-slice CT system instead of a 16-slice system because you wanted to do cardiac CTA, right?"

He chuckled a little bit and went on to say “Yeah…that’s what we thought we were going to do. Purchasing cardiac CTA capability was one of worst investments I ever made, and if I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t."

That conversation motivated me to ask others to share their experiences regarding cardiac CTA whenever I had the opportunity. I have learned a great deal from these discussions and I want to take a few minutes to pass along 3 things you need to know about cardiac CTA before you buy.

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Topics: CT Scanner

Medtronic O-Arm or Siemens Orbic 3D?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 19, 2015 9:14:19 AM

O-arm_in_the_bayThe Medtronic O-arm is a niche, but very interesting, machine. The unique characteristics and technological curb appeal often capture the attention of spine and neuro specialists alike.

Because of all this attention, I thought it was time to go on the record and share my thoughts on when an O-arm is a great pick, and when a 3D C-arm like the Siemens Orbic 3D might be a better choice.

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Topics: C-Arm

Knocking Sound from Your GE CT Scanner? Check Your Encoder Wheel!

Posted by Matt Bushart

Jun 16, 2015 8:41:03 AM

Encoder_Wheel_HeaderSo, you're running your GE CT and you start hearing a rattle, a jitter, or a knock. It never made that sound before, and you're pretty sure it shouldn't make that sound at all. Why is it doing that?

With so many moving parts, there are a few things that can create a similar sound inside the gantry of a GE CT scanner, however, one of the most common for is the axial encoder. Keep reading to learn what you should do to solve the problem.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

Digital X-Ray Upgrade Features Guide

Posted by John Maher

Jun 15, 2015 11:02:00 AM

DR_Panel_FeaturesOnce you've made the decision to convert your analog X-ray system into a fully digital X-ray system, you'll find yourself looking out across a wide field of options to make that choice happen. The number of companies manufacturing digital X-ray detector panels has increased dramatically in the last few years and, as you might suspect, each of them goes about it in their own way and leverages their product's strengths against those of their competitors.

To help you "decode" some of the jargon on what is likely your first purchase of this type of product and narrow down the field of options, we've put together a briefing on the aspects of DR panels that make the biggest practical differences. Our hope is that you can hit the panel market better informed and, maybe, a little less hung up on some of the minutiae.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

C-Arm Size Comparison Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 11, 2015 10:55:10 AM


After you've made some C-arm decisions about image intensifier size, software packages, generator power, and price, you may also need to consider how much C-arm your facility (and your team) can handle, that is- what C-arm footprint is best for the room you have and the maneuverability you need?

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Topics: C-Arm

ISCT Symposium 2015 Recap

Posted by David Harns

Jun 10, 2015 1:26:27 PM

ISCT_AttendeesAfter attending for the first time, I can see why the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) Symposium is regarded as the top CT conference in the world. With workshops before and after the conference as well as 170 presentations throughout, this event did not fall short in its promise to “provide attendees with the tools, technologies, and best practices [they] need to accomplish [their] goals.”

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings, CT Scanner


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