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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CR Reader vs. DR Panel: Meet the Team [VIDEO]

Posted by John Maher

Jul 31, 2015 4:49:50 PM

CR_DR_Meet_the_TeamWe have conversations every day with people who are thinking about phasing out their CR reader and replacing it with a DR panel. Each person we talk to has their own unique set of budget constraints and some, understandably, opt to try and squeeze a few more years out of their CR before taking the leap into an upgrade. In those cases, we ask them to consider this: your CR reader may be bought and paid for, but if you've put off upgrading your X-ray equipment, don't forget the ongoing costs you're still paying.

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Topics: X-ray

Top MRI Manufacturers Compared: Choosing the Best for Your Needs

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 29, 2015 1:58:55 PM

MRI_Manufacturer_ComparisonHundreds of people have come to us over the years with a wide variety of MRI needs and, depending on what those needs were, we've had occasion to direct them to many different models from many different manufacturers. Why? Not all MRI scanners are equal across all of the aspects that users value.

To help you begin building an idea of what to expect, we point out some of the big considerations we've seen buyers grapple with. Individual cases may vary but, in our experience and the experiences our partners have shared with us, the following are a snapshot of what each of these "major players" looks like on the third-party market.

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Topics: MRI

C-Arm Project Planning Checklist

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 28, 2015 12:05:25 PM

C-_Arm_Project_Checklist-1Each year thousands of c-arm buyers from around the world seek out our help and advice when planning their next c-arm project. We've found that there is a set of core questions and concerns common to the vast majority of them. Because these are really great questions and really important questions to consider before planning your next c-arm project, below is now a collection of the quick-link resources that can help you navigate your own c-arm project with ease and efficiency.  

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Topics: C-Arm

Hitachi Airis Elite vs. GE Ovation: Open MRI Compared

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 24, 2015 1:29:14 PM

Ovation_vs_Airis_Elite

If you’re like most people looking for a Hitachi Airis Elite right now, you might be wondering what happened to the market. The availability of Elites has plummeted, and fast. Heck, it’s even difficult to find Airis II magnets right now. So, what can you do if you’re in need of the capabilities of an Airis Elite but can’t find one?

Answer: Consider the .35T GE Ovation

The Ovation can do everything the Elite can do and, in most cases, can do it better. Take a look at the technical comparison below to see which features these systems share and some additional areas in which the Ovation shines.

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Topics: MRI

Stereotactic Biopsy Table Price Cost Guide

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 22, 2015 2:29:04 PM

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If you're already serving mammography patients but are hoping to expand your breast cancer screening capabilities, a dedicated stereotactic biopsy unit could be just the solution for your facility.

On top of bringing more patient services under the same roof, the choice to add stereotactic biopsy equipment can help your facility's bottom line with eligibility for reimbursements that increased almost 50% over 2014 rates in January of 2015.

Watch the video below to see current pricing for refurbished stereotactic biopsy tables. Models covered include the Hologic Multicare and Siemens/Fischer Mammotest series. You'll also see pricing for extended warranty options.

 

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Topics: Mammography

The True Cost of XR-29 Non-Compliance

Posted by David Harns

Jul 21, 2015 3:29:00 PM

XR_29_non_compliance_costsA lot of people have spoken with us about NEMA XR-29 and most of them have, understandably, been focused on the financial impact of taking cuts versus spending the money to become compliant via upgrading or replacing their current CT equipment. While we can't disagree that those are very important considerations, we can point out that they are not the only considerations.

The following are a few points to walk you through the TRUE costs of not being NEMA XR-29 compliant: reimbursements, patient service, and opportunity.

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Topics: medical imaging news, CT Scanner

Bone Densitometer Price Cost Guide [2015 Update]

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 17, 2015 9:10:00 AM

Bone_Density_Price_2015Shopping for a bone densitometer? We thought you might be (what with you clicking your way into this blog and all), so we've put together current pricing ranges for bone units from the two major players in the field: GE and Hologic.

Watch the video below to get price ranges for:

  • GE Prodigy and Hologic Discovery
  • Warranty options
  • Applications training
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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Bone Densitometer, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

The Problem with Radiation Safety Training

Posted by Gabe Viscomi

Jul 16, 2015 3:26:38 PM

Online_Radiation_Safety_TrainingIf you work around X-ray equipment, you've been there: radiation saftey training. It probably wasn't convenient, it probably took longer than it needed to, and you probably got reminder emails every week for two months to make sure you were at the session. As inconvenient and moderately annoying as all this was for those of you who were simply attending, we're willing to bet it was FAR more inconvenient for the administrator who had to put it all together.

Fortunately, there is a way for everyone to get the training they need to be safe and to be compliant with state and federal regulations while side-stepping all the problems of traditional radiation safety courses: Online radiation safety training.

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Topics: Medical Imaging Service Training

Is DEXA Right for You? Reimbursement, ROI, and Rental

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 15, 2015 12:46:47 PM

DEXA_Rental_Header_2If you found this article by Googling "DEXA reimbursement" you may have seen some things on the search page that looked somewhat less than reassuring. We can't disagree- reimbursements do seem to be heading in the opposite direction than we'd hoped. At the same time, bone density scanning is necessary, and someone has to provide it. The question is- does it make good fiscal sense for you to throw your hat in the ring as that provider?

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Topics: Bone Densitometer, Imaging Equipment Rental

Digital Mammography Equipment Price/Cost Info [2015 Update]

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 10, 2015 5:36:00 PM

Digital_Mammo_Price_UpdateIf you're looking to step up your mammography capabilities with digital equipment while saving your capital budget on the refurbished market, you're most likely to find yourself choosing from two leading brands: GE and Hologic.

The video below reveals average pricing for the most popular digital mammography equipment from both manufacturers available on the secondary market.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost, Mammography

    

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