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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How Much Does a Refurbished OEC 9900 Cost?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

May 12, 2015 3:17:07 PM

9900_pricingOEC 9900 C-arms are only just beginning to be consistently available on the secondary market. Don't get us wrong, we don't mean to imply that you can find one any day of the week, but not that long ago you wouldn't have found one at all. This increase in availability (along with the subsequent increase in facilities looking to snag a 9900) has prompted a closer look at the current pricing averages for refurbished OEC 9900 C-arms.

We consulted our resident C-arm expert, Chris Sharrock about what kind of savings buyers can expect to find when they come across OEC 9900s on the refurbished market. He replied with this:

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

Buying a Used C-Arm: The Top 5 Items You May Be Overlooking

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 23, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Top_5_in_Used_C_ArmsAs a provider of used and refurbished C-arm equipment, we see a lot of quotes from a lot of other equipment providers. When we see these quotes, we make the same two observations over and over again:

1. More and more people are (very wisely) shopping around.

2. There are an awful lot of "nuts and bolts" items that can be easy to overlook amongst the pages.

This article exists because of observation number 2. The following list contains 5 of the contract items most commonly overlooked by people shopping the secondary C-arm market.

When reviewing a quote, keep these in mind. It will almost always have a big impact on the bottom line of your purchase.

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Topics: C-Arm, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

How to Fix Your Sagging Mini C-Arm

Posted by David Schultz

Apr 20, 2015 1:12:00 PM

Sagging_Mini_C_ArmAre you having trouble keeping your OEC 6800 or 6600 mini C-arm in position? Does the articulating arm gradually sag lower and lower throughout your scans? There's no need to worry. This is actually a very common problem, you're certainly not the first to ask about it, and it happens to be very easy to solve as well.

Follow the 5 simple steps below to return your OEC mini C-arm to the firm, stable positioning it had when you first acquired it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

Image Intensifier Lifespan and Signs of Failure

Posted by Jordan Graham

Apr 15, 2015 4:27:00 PM

Image_Intensifier_Lifespan_and_Signs_of_FailureIf you use fluoroscopy equipment like a C-arm, an R/F room, or an analog interventional lab you've got an image intensifier (II) that will one day need to be replaced. Most IIs have years of useful life in them, but it is not at all uncommon for a fluoroscopy system to go through at least a few of them over the course of its life.

Because of this, we polled our service engineering team to find a few ways users can prolong the life of their II as well as some ways they'll be able to tell that an II failure is on the way. Keep reading to learn how you can help keep your II around longer as well as how you can know when to plan for a replacement.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

My OEC 9800MD Joystick Won't Work!

Posted by Matt Bushart

Feb 27, 2015 2:18:00 PM


So, you're new to using the OEC 9800MD. You've got it fired up, and you're eager to try out the remote-controlled movements from the remote user interface (RUI) but, no matter where you push the joystick, the C-arm doesn't move at all. What gives? 

Our service team has gotten calls like this from frustrated people before and, luckily, the most common solution is extremely simple. Take a look below to see what might be wrong and how you can fix it.

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

Radiofrequency Generator Price Cost Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Feb 20, 2015 4:26:00 PM

RF_Generator_CostWhen we talk to people who are looking to outfit a pain management practice, one of the questions we're hearing on an increasingly consistent basis is, "How much does a radiofrequency generator cost?"

This is a great question, with an answer that comes in two parts:

  • The initial purchase price
  • The ongoing costs

Keep reading or watch the video version at the bottom to see current price averages for RF generators and the consumable pieces that are used with them to provide prolonged pain relief for patients.

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

OEC 9800 DICOM Troubleshooting Guide

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Feb 12, 2015 3:00:00 PM


One of the most common OEC 9800 problems our service team fields is image transfer failure. This is not surprising, given the number of variables involved. Sure, the C-arm could have a problem, but so could the PACS server, or even the cable you're running from the back of the system to the wall receptacle.

The following steps should help narrow down the variables and find the culprit.

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

Best Orthopedic Radiology Resources for Orthopedic Practice Managers

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Feb 11, 2015 1:05:22 PM

Orthopedic_Resources_HeaderWhether you're an orthopedic veteran or just starting out, you already know there are a lot of moving parts to keeping a practice running smoothly. Among those parts, of course, are the imaging systems you'll use to diagnose and treat your patients and all the "nuts and bolts" aspects of owning and operating them. That's precisely why we've compiled the following list of resource links. From choosing your systems, to getting them into your your building, to keeping them in peak operating shape, to estimating incoming revenue- there's something helpful for every stage of the orthopod game below.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, C-Arm, X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Which OEC C-Arms Have DICOM?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Feb 2, 2015 3:47:00 PM

OEC_C-arms_Onboard_DICOMThere are only so many hours in the day, and only so much storage space on a C-arm's onboard computer. Because of this, when you're choosing a C-arm, it's important to consider where you'll store your images and how you'll get them there.

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Topics: C-Arm

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


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