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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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OEC 9900 Boot-Up Errors: Top Troubleshooting Tip

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Jan 19, 2015 3:38:02 PM

9900_SwitchBoot-up problems are some of the most frustrating issues your equipment can have. It's that feeling of being thwarted before you even get started. On top of that, it's not always easy to find out what exactly the problem is. Fortunately, the OEC 9900 makes troubleshooting your boot-up problems much simpler than it is on their older models.

Keep reading for the simplest, most helpful tip to get your problem diagnosed and one step closer to being resolved.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

Flat Panel Detector C-Arms vs. Image Intensifier C-Arms

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jan 9, 2015 5:04:14 PM

II_vs_DetectorOver the last few years, more and more C-arm technology has begun embracing the same trends the industry has seen in interventional labs; namely, a move from traditional image intensifiers to digital flat panel detectors (FPD). As FPD options become more available, anyone considering the purchase of a C-arm is increasingly likely to be confronted with the big decision: Analog? or Digital?

Below are some aspects of C-arm hardware that buyers should bear in mind when making this choice:

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

How to Adjust the Steering on an OEC 9800 C-Arm

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 31, 2014 2:57:00 PM

9800_steering_adjustDo the wheels shimmy? Does the handle wiggle? Is it just getting harder to make turns? We're not talking about the tie rods on your '03 Ford Focus (there's a different blog for that). We're talking about the chain-driven steering mechanism on your OEC 9800 C-arm.

Every so often, the steering linkage in a 9800 can get a little slack in it. When this happens, it takes longer for the steering handle to engage and makes your steering sloppy. Fortunately, adjusting the chain back to its proper tension is a relatively simple task that could potentially be taken care of by your on-site maintenance team.

See the video below for a step-by-step demonstration of how an OEC 9800 steering chain can be adjusted to proper tension:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Medical Imaging Service Training

How to Delete Patient Data on an OEC 9900 C-Arm

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Dec 23, 2014 3:43:00 PM

9900_Patient_Data_DeleteHIPAA compliance and limited onboard storage are part of the day-to-day reality of using a C-arm. Because of this, one question we get frequently is, "How do I delete the patient data from my C-arm?" We already went ahead and showed how to do this on an OEC 9800 but, to make sure that all you OEC 9900 users are up to speed, we figured we'd lay things out for your equipment as well. 

Look below for a pictorial guide to the three easy steps that will clear the patient data from your OEC 9900:

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Medical Imaging Service Training

OEC 9900 Hardware and Software Options

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Dec 9, 2014 3:45:35 PM


Just like the 9800 before it, the OEC 9900 is a C-arm that comes with a variety of hardware configurations and software packages. If you're not sure whether the 9900 would be a good fit for the specialties you plan to practice at your facility, take a look at the list below to see if there's a hardware and software pairing that will work together to meet your needs.

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Topics: C-Arm

What's Hot for C-Arms at RSNA 2014?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 26, 2014 1:27:00 PM

RSNA_2014_C-ArmWith just a few more days before RSNA 2014 kicks off, I sat down with our resident C-arm expert, Chris Sharrock, to find out what to look out for on the show floor for one of our top modalities.

Chris gave me the top three C-arm topics he'll be keeping his eye on next week in Chicago.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Industry Meetings

OEC 9900 Parts and Service Costs

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Oct 31, 2014 4:29:42 PM

OEC_9900_Blog_HeaderCars, houses, heck- your children! It seems that all of life's major investments entail costs long after we acquire them. From your imaging facility's business perspective, the equipment investment in an OEC 9900 C-arm is certainly no exception. While its functionality and image quality make it one of the top fluoroscopy tools available to serve patients, ownership of a C-arm comes with necessary long-term costs that should be a part of your C-arm purchasing considerations.

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

C-Arm Lease Prices Could Be the Answer

Posted by Josh Block

Oct 29, 2014 10:30:00 AM

C-Arm_LeaseConsidering a C-Arm lease? Learning more about great C-Arm lease prices and finance solutions could be just what you need to help you in the decision process.

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Topics: C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Financing

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

The Best II Size for Orthopedics

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 23, 2014 3:15:46 PM

II_Size_for_OrthopedicsThere are a lot of options out there when it comes to selecting the best C-arm for your practice's needs. Doing the legwork and considering all the specifications can be a little daunting and, most certainly, a little time-consuming. 

This is exactly why we're writing this blog to give a straight answer to one of the questions we hear the most: Which C-arm image intensifier (II) size is the best for orthopedics?

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Topics: C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment


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