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 Innova 4100 vs Philips FD20 Interventional Lab Comparison

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 25, 2014 4:03:00 PM

GE-Innova-4100-vs-Philips-FD20If you're researching popular interventional labs, you'll see almost immediately that two of the hottest contenders on the market are the GE Innova 4100 and the Philips Allura Xper FD20. Of course, your next question becomes something similar to this: "Which of these is better for my facility?" That's an excellent question and one that can only be answered by weighing your facility's situation against the pros and cons of these two labs. That's where a good, old-fashioned comparison article like this comes in!

We'll kick off this comparison by saying that both of these models are high-quality systems that excel in a number of areas. The points below will highlight their separate strengths to lend some clarity to the choice between the two.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

Why Refurbished Imaging Equipment?

Posted by Josh Block

Jul 24, 2014 4:52:00 PM

why-refurbished-imaging-equipment"Why buy refurbished imaging equipment?" Seems like a fair, simple question to answer, right?

Fair? Absolutely. Simple? Not so much.

Beyond the obvious benefit of a lower purchase price, there are actually many other reasons why there has never been a better time to look toward refurbished imaging equipment. We'll break down what we see as the top five below.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment

What to Expect During an R/F Room Removal

Posted by Tim Richard

Jul 23, 2014 11:10:33 AM

R-F_RemovalEventually, it will happen at every hospital: The R/F room will come to the end of its long, reliable life and need to be replaced. But, before you'll be able to get the new system in, Ol' Faithful is going to have to come out.

Removing an R/F room is a big job with a lot of steps and moving parts but, with the help of an experienced imaging equipment team, it can be done safely, efficiently, and relatively quickly. Whether this process is years away or in your near future, it will help to know what you're in store for. 

Below you'll read the process of a general R/F room removal. You'll also read a few tips for things that you will need to do. Some jobs present their own unique challenges but, generally, these projects go as follows:

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a Siemens Symphony 1.5T MRI?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 21, 2014 11:24:29 AM

Symphony_1.5_LeaseWith a large install base and the popular Syngo software platform, the Siemens Symphony 1.5T is a system that is not only reliable and available, but also economical. This MRI offers great image quality for those looking to enter the 1.5T arena and at a price that is friendly to anyone planning to expand their capabilities to include MRI.  Additionally, service and parts costs are less expensive due to the system’s popularity.


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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

CT Simulation Equipment Features

Posted by David Harns

Jul 18, 2014 12:15:31 PM

CT_Simulation_FeaturesIf your facility intends to provide patients with radiation oncology services, a CT scanner with CT simulation (CT sim) capabilities is a tool you'll need. These systems are used to create patient models that are the basis for radiation therapy treatments conducted on linear accelerators.

Not just any CT scanner can be used for CT sim, although all CT sim scanners can be used for general diagnostic scanning. So, this leads us to the question: Which features differentiate a CT simulation-enabled scanner from a standard CT scanner?


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Topics: CT scanner

1.5T MRI Machine Price Cost Guide

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 16, 2014 1:31:26 PM

1.5T_Cost_PriceThe 1.5T scanner is the quintessential MRI machine. It's powerful enough to perform the vast majority of common MRI studies, readily available on the secondary market, and (relatively speaking) moderately priced- which is what you came here for, right? 

Well, before we dig in and tell you what you can expect to pay for a used 1.5T MRI machine, you should know that the price for an individual system will vary across a number of factors including availability, coils, software levels, channels, and gradient type. To account for these variables, we'll show you the full range of current average prices for each machine

That being said, here goes!

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Topics: MRI, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

What to Expect During Your X-Ray Machine Project

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jul 14, 2014 10:22:29 AM

X-Ray_Project_PicSuccessful X-ray projects don't simply happen. From first-time installations, to upgrades, to relocations, there are a lot of bases to cover and considerations to bear in mind. This is why we've compiled the links below: 14 articles to give you some insight on the major stages of an X-ray project. Click through on any of the links below to learn more about what you're in store for as you begin.

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a GE VCT 64?

Posted by David Harns

Jul 11, 2014 11:11:41 AM


People come to us when they want to upgrade their CT scanner AND save money over the cost of brand new equipment. However, even at refurbished CT prices, late-model scanners like the GE VCT 64-slice can represent a hefty sum to pay all at once. No worries: many refurbished imaging systems, including the VCT 64, are available through a variety of financing options that can make your initial costs far more manageable.

We'll break down our most popular options below, brief you on the advantages of each plan, and fill you in on the typical monthly lease payments for a GE VCT 64 under each plan. 

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Financing

How Much Does an Open MRI Scanner Weigh?

Posted by Jeremy Block

Jul 10, 2014 9:42:40 AM

Open_MRI_Scanner_WeightGetting a new open MRI scanner can be exciting: new capabilities, new ways to serve patients, and (maybe) eligibility for new reimbursements. But, before you go out and make an equipment purchase, you'll need to contain your excitement for a little while and sort out some logistics. Namely, you'll need to make sure just how much scanner your facility's infrastructure can handle.

With that need-to-know in mind, we've compiled the table below to show you the approximate system weight of the most popular open MRI scanners.


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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

CT Tube Lifespan: MRC 600, MRC 800

Posted by Paul Crawford

Jul 8, 2014 1:47:55 PM

MRC_TubeIf you own or are considering the purchase of an air-cooled CT scanner from Philips' Brilliance product line, you should know that the vast majority of these systems come equipped with an MRC 600 or an MRC 800 X-ray tube. In terms of the lifespan you can expect to see from these X-ray tubes, this is good news!

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Topics: CT scanner, Imaging Equipment Parts


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