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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Hologic DEXA: Getting Started

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Sep 19, 2014 9:16:27 AM

Hologic_DEXA_Video_TutorialsFor so many things in life, it pays to slow down a little and get started the right way: Begin your day with a good breakfast. Check your tire pressure before a roadtrip. Preheat your oven before you go throwin' that DiGiorno in there!

When it comes to DEXA scanners for bone density studies, there's no exception.

If you're new to DEXA, use the video library below to make sure you're kicking off your scanning sessions the recommended way. You can prevent failed QC tests, blown fuses, and even serious damage to your DEXA system's components.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Bone Densitometer

Toshiba Aquilion 64 Lease Price Guide

Posted by David Harns

Sep 18, 2014 4:12:37 PM

Aquilion_lease_paymentsIf you've been scanning at a lower slice count, a 64-slice CT represents a powerful step forward for your capabilities. Among the models you're likely to encounter as you begin considering the best 64-slice CT for you is Toshiba's Aquilion 64.

Like many of its contemporaries, the Aquilion offers improvements in image quality, dose reduction, and general workflow. Of course, along with these advantages comes a higher cost that, for some, may be a touch difficult to pay in a lump sum. In situations like these, leasing options from a refurbished equipment vendor can help make it happen.

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Financing

C-Arm Service Cost Comparison: OEC vs. Philips

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 15, 2014 10:35:06 AM

C-Arm_Service_CostBuilding a realistic budget for any C-arm includes setting aside some funds for its ongoing maintenance. Whether you choose to purchase a full service coverage package or to place service calls on a time and materials basis, system upkeep is a part of your costs that shouldn't be overlooked.

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

Siemens Arcadis C-Arm Price Cost Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 11, 2014 2:39:00 PM

Siemens_Arcadis_C-Arm_PricingThe Siemens Arcadis C-arm series is comprised of models known for powerful generators, hardily engineered parts, and isocentric 3D imaging. If any of these are compelling features for the specialties you intend to pursue with your C-arm purchase, a Siemens Arcadis C-arm could be an excellent fit for you. What's more- Arcadis series C-arms are more available on the secondary market than they've ever been. This is great news for facilities anticipating a high volume of vascular and/or bariatric studies.

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

New Requirements for Low-Field MRI Reimbursements

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Sep 10, 2014 9:28:46 AM

.2T_MRI_ReimbursementGiven the ongoing recovery of the US economy, low-field MRI systems have never been more popular than they are today. As newer generations are released,these systems offer increasingly superb image quality in a low-cost, low-maintenance design that allows doctors a cost-effective way to scan patients and obtain reimbursement. However, due to a shift in the way insurance companies perceive image quality and MR field strength, new minimum standards may start to impact a low-field magnet's eligibility for reimbursement.


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Topics: MRI

OEC 9600 C-Arm Basic Demo [VIDEO]

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Sep 8, 2014 12:50:52 PM

9600_demonstration_videoThe OEC 9600 is a tried and true C-arm system that's a great fit for facilities with tighter budget constraints. It can be used for many of the same applications as the ever-popular OEC 9800 but, being one generation older, has come down in price on the secondary market.

For more details on the differences between the 9600 and it's successor, you can read our 9800 vs. 9600 comparison article. Before you do that though, watch the video below to see the OEC 9600 in action. Our engineer will demonstrate the image quality, braking/steering, and full range of motion- all on an OEC 9600 that has just gone through our refurbishment process. Enjoy!

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Topics: C-Arm

CT Tube Lifespan: Dura 202 and Dura 422

Posted by Chad Seelye

Sep 4, 2014 9:30:10 AM

Dura_Tube_LifespanAs you learn what to expect from your CT scanner in terms of parts and service costs, one of the most important things you can know is the average lifespan for your X-ray tube model. On any CT, the tube is a part that will need to be replaced periodically and is also one of the most expensive to replace.

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Parts

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


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