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 It Cost to Lease a Siemens Symphony 1.5T MRI?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 21, 2014 11:24:29 AM

Symphony_1.5_LeaseWith a large install base and the popular Syngo software platform, the Siemens Symphony 1.5T is a system that is not only reliable and available, but also economical. This MRI offers great image quality for those looking to enter the 1.5T arena and at a price that is friendly to anyone planning to expand their capabilities to include MRI.  Additionally, service and parts costs are less expensive due to the system’s popularity.


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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

1.5T MRI Machine Price Cost Guide

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 16, 2014 1:31:26 PM

1.5T_Cost_PriceThe 1.5T scanner is the quintessential MRI machine. It's powerful enough to perform the vast majority of common MRI studies, readily available on the secondary market, and (relatively speaking) moderately priced- which is what you came here for, right? 

Well, before we dig in and tell you what you can expect to pay for a used 1.5T MRI machine, you should know that the price for an individual system will vary across a number of factors including availability, coils, software levels, channels, and gradient type. To account for these variables, we'll show you the full range of current average prices for each machine

That being said, here goes!

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Topics: MRI, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

How Much Does an Open MRI Scanner Weigh?

Posted by Jeremy Block

Jul 10, 2014 9:42:40 AM

Open_MRI_Scanner_WeightGetting a new open MRI scanner can be exciting: new capabilities, new ways to serve patients, and (maybe) eligibility for new reimbursements. But, before you go out and make an equipment purchase, you'll need to contain your excitement for a little while and sort out some logistics. Namely, you'll need to make sure just how much scanner your facility's infrastructure can handle.

With that need-to-know in mind, we've compiled the table below to show you the approximate system weight of the most popular open MRI scanners.


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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Can I Reuse My MRI Shielding?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jun 26, 2014 12:09:00 PM


When our MRI customers remodel or relocate their practices, one of several questions they usually ask us is, "Will we be able to reuse the shielding from our MRI suite?" It's a fair question, one which, after consulting with some shielding experts, is best answered with two words: "It depends."

Keep reading to find out which factors will determine whether or not your existing MRI shielding can be reused when you modify or move your facility.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

What to Expect During Your MRI Scanner Project

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jun 6, 2014 1:02:00 PM

MRI_Project_WalkthroughIf you're about to enter the MRI marketplace, you have a big project with several complex stages ahead of you. We want to help you through those stages however we can. To that end, we've compiled a list of resources to inform you on the big details and help you learn what to expect during your MRI scanner project.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a Siemens Espree MRI?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jun 3, 2014 9:37:00 AM

Siemens_Espree_MRI_Lease_Price_CostIn the past year, the Siemens Espree has been one of our most commonly requested MRI models. Many features make this system appealing, including a wide (70cm) bore and numerous capability-expanding software options. If you're looking for a great MRI system- the Espree certainly fits the bill. Now, all you have to do is crunch the numbers.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

Extremity MRI Scanner Price Cost Guide

Posted by David McAndrews

May 9, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Extremity_MRI_Cost_HeaderIf your facility is in the market for an extremity MRI scanner, one of the first questions that probably came to mind was, "How much does an extremity MRI cost?" Considering the fact that these systems come in three different categories that can range widely in price, this is an excellent question, and one that we'll answer in the chart below.

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Topics: MRI, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a GE 1.5T LX MRI?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

May 5, 2014 2:22:00 PM

1.5T_LX_MRI_LeaseSo, you’ve decided that the GE LX 1.5T is the system for you. It's a bread-and-butter, workhorse system with a high level of support on the secondary market. On top of that, as with any GE MRI, there are a lot of service options as well as plenty of parts and engineers to keep these machines working.

BUT… you don’t have the capital to fund the entire cost of the system up front.

The Solution

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

2014 Joint Commission Standards: CT, Nuclear, PET, MRI

Posted by Trish Payne

May 2, 2014 5:01:42 PM

Joint_Commission_Standards_2014Starting this summer, all Joint Commission-accredited organizations that provide services in CT, nuclear medicine, PET, and MRI will be subject to new standards. The first of these standards will go into effect on July 1st and others will roll out gradually throughout the remainder of the year and on into 2015.

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Topics: PET/CT, Nuclear Camera, CT scanner, MRI, PET Scanners, Medical Imaging Compliance

"Why Is an MRI so Loud?" And Other Questions from the Bore

Posted by Lauren Olin

Apr 4, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Why_Is_an_MRI_LoudWorking for a company in the medical imaging equipment industry, I look at this equipment a little differently. Whenever a friend or family member has a procedure done, I’m asking, “Which machine?" "Which manufacturer?"  "Didn’t you ask?” 

Of course, these questions are probably far different than those running through the mind of the average MRI patient. So, when I had an MRI of my own done (it was on a GE Excite 1.5T, FYI), I tried to put myself in their metaphorical shoes and think about what they would ask. The longer I laid there, the more questions came to mind, namely, these three:

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Topics: MRI


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