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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C-Arm Rental Do's and Don'ts

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 31, 2014 2:40:00 PM

The-dos-and-donts-of-c-arm-rentalWith most of the things people rent, the process is relatively simple. There aren't generally a lot of logistics involved in getting a movie out of the RedBox on the corner or checking out a Corolla to get from an airport to a conference center. Renting a C-arm, however, comes with a few unique considerations.

Below, we'll break down the top things to make sure you do- and don't do- once you've decided that a C-arm rental is right for you.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Rental

OEC 9900 C-Arm Basic Demo [VIDEO]

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Jul 7, 2014 9:09:00 AM

OEC_9900_C-Arm_DemoAs the availability of refurbished OEC 9900 C-arms creeps gradually upward, more and more of the people we talk to have been asking to see the flexibility the system can offer them. For those of you that have asked- the wait is over!
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Topics: C-Arm

Do I Need a C-Arm or a Cath Lab?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 30, 2014 12:37:00 PM

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As if the initial decision to open a surgical center wasn't big enough, those of you entering this territory are about to find yourselves embarking on a series of subsequent big decisions. One of the biggest will be which imaging equipment you choose.

The systems you're likely to need fall into two major categories: Mobile C-arms and cath/angio or interventional labs. The price points, technical features, service costs, and applications for these products are very different from one another, so it's important to have an understanding of what type of usage each is intended for.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, C-Arm

How to Connect an OEC 9800 to PACS

Posted by Michael Rivas

Jun 18, 2014 11:54:19 AM

Connecting_OEC_9800_to_PACSCongratulations! Now that you have an OEC 9800 C-arm at your facility, you probably want to get busy using it to serve your patients. Before you do though, you will need to connect it to your PACS network so your physicians can review and store the images they will be taking.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

How to Change Batteries on an OEC 9800 or 9900 C-Arm

Posted by Michael Rivas

May 21, 2014 9:46:00 AM

Changing_OEC_C-Arm_BatteriesAs anyone who owns a remote control can tell you: batteries don't last forever! Even rechargeable batteries, like the ones in an OEC 9800 or 9900 C-arm, have a shelf life that will one day run out and leave a device powerless.

Fortunately, these batteries generally last quite a while. On top of this, the system will warn you that it's not charging correctly with a "charger fail" error message on the C-arm's readout. However, if your site's number has come up and your batteries have bitten the dust altogether, we've got a video that just might be some news you can use.
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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

OEC 9800 Vascular vs. Siemens Arcadis Avantic C-Arms

Posted by Chris Sharrock

May 15, 2014 9:30:00 AM

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

How to Print Multiple Images on a Sony UP980 C-Arm Printer

Posted by Stephen Loomis

May 1, 2014 10:55:00 AM

Multiple_Image_C-Arm_SettingWith some paper types costing as much as $250 per case, wasting paper on your Sony UP980 C-arm printer is a touch more detrimental than an errant fax or a duplicate at the office copier. Fortunately, the UP980 has settings that allow you to print up to 6 images on the same sheet for more economical viewing. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to change the multi-image setting on your Sony UP980 C-Arm printer.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

OEC 9800 Image Swap Settings

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Apr 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

OEC_9800_Image_SwapPeople frequently come to our service team when they have C-arm questions. Being that it's one of the most commonly used C-arms in imaging, a lot of these questions revolve around the OEC 9800.

Recently, a customer contacted us asking how to manage the image swap settings on their system. Fortunately, this is a quick and easy adjustment anyone can make on their 9800. One of our C-arm service engineers took a few minutes to catch the steps on video and, voilà! Question answered. Watch below to see how it's done.

 

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

OEC Urology: Your Options Now

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 11, 2014 4:44:12 PM

OEC_Urology_UroviewOEC discontinued the last model in their Uroview product line (the Uroview 2800) in 2006. But, just because you won't be seeing any more new Uroviews doesn't mean that OEC is out of the urology market altogether. There are still options available to the OEC loyalist who wants to break into urology or upgrade their existing uro platform. Below are two routes you can take to high-quality uro functionality from OEC.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, X-ray

How to Connect an OEC 9900 C-Arm to PACS

Posted by Michael Rivas

Apr 7, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Connecting_9900_to_PACSSo, it's your big day! Your OEC 9900 C-arm has arrived and you're anxious to start scanning patients. Unfortunately, one last obstacle remains in your path to imaging glory: connecting the system to your PACS network for image storage.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

    

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