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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My OEC 9800MD Joystick Won't Work!

Posted by Matt Bushart

Feb 27, 2015 2:18:26 PM

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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 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

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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

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

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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

    

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