Your Guide to Medical Imaging Equipment

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Used GE 450w MRI Scanners: When Will They Be Available?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Nov 18, 2014 2:29:47 PM

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Top-notch image clarity, high patient comfort, efficient workflow; admittedly, the GE 450w 1.5T is a pretty awesome MRI scanner. Unless you're holding out for 3T technology, it probably wouldn't hurt your feelings to see one of these land on your loading dock tomorrow.

Trouble is, they're still quite new, quite pricey, and quite rare. So, when will used GE 450w magnets be available?

As a used and refurbished MRI dealer, we make a point of keeping tabs on this sort of thing. Below is our educated guess on what to expect and when to expect it.

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Topics: MRI

What Does "End of Life" Mean for MRI Scanners?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Nov 12, 2014 10:08:24 AM

EOL_MRIHas your OEM thrown around the term “end of life” as they refer to your oldie-but-a-goodie MRI system?  I’ve had recent conversations in which customers have told me that the MRI system they've had for only 5 years is coined “end of life” by the OEM and they've asked exactly what this might mean for them and the equipment in their facilities. What’s all this about?

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

When Is Short-Bore MRI Too Short?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Nov 5, 2014 11:15:44 AM

Short_Bore_Pros_and_ConsOver the last several years, MRI systems have continued to evolve and become more patient-friendly. Bore size, noise reduction, faster scan times- all of these have been adapted to accommodate large, claustrophobic, and just plain nervous patients while they're on the table.

This is well and good for the overall experience of receiving an MRI scan, but is there a point at which gains in comfort compromise functionality? In short: yes, but it may be worth it for some facilities.

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Topics: MRI

3 Benefits of Open MRI Scanners

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Oct 22, 2014 2:52:37 PM

Benefits_of_Open_MRIWhether you are looking to purchase an MRI for the first time or you are a seasoned veteran looking to replace an existing magnet, here are three reasons why you should deeply consider purchasing an open MRI scanner:

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Topics: MRI

How to Find Late-Model or Rare MRI Scanners

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Oct 14, 2014 10:28:00 AM

Espree_No_WatermarkLooking for a GE 430S?  Or perhaps you’re in the market for a high-end, all-the-software-options-installed 3.0T?  Or maybe a Hitachi Oasis would fit the bill?  

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Topics: MRI

Top 5 Rarest Used MRI Scanners (and Best Substitute MRI Machines)

Posted by Steve Rentz

Oct 6, 2014 5:30:00 PM

used mri scanner you cant always get what you want“You can’t always get what you want...” sang the Rolling Stones (quick… what year/what album?) and although they probably weren’t talking about used MRI scanners, it certainly holds true in this industry.  At this time, there is no shortage of high-quality, late-model pre-owned imaging equipment available throughout the world.  If you do some proper due-diligence you can save a lot of money, and in many cases a lot of time by capitalizing on these opportunities.  But you can also WASTE a lot of time trying to find systems that are either not plentiful on the market yet, or in such demand that they move instantly and at inflated prices. 

Here are some examples of rare used MRIs and some viable alternatives to them if you just don’t have the time (or the money) to keep digging. This is one person’s opinion of course, but as someone who deals in the secondary MRI Market every day, this is how I see it!  It goes without saying, if YOU have one of these systems, and are considering selling it, give us a call because the time to sell your used MRI is now (they won’t be rare forever).

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Valuations, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI

New Requirements for Low-Field MRI Reimbursements

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Sep 10, 2014 9:28:46 AM

.2T_MRI_ReimbursementGiven the ongoing recovery of the US economy, low-field MRI systems have never been more popular than they are today. As newer generations are released,these systems offer increasingly superb image quality in a low-cost, low-maintenance design that allows doctors a cost-effective way to scan patients and obtain reimbursement. However, due to a shift in the way insurance companies perceive image quality and MR field strength, new minimum standards may start to impact a low-field magnet's eligibility for reimbursement.

 

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Topics: MRI

GE Excite II 1.5T MRI Lease Price Guide

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Sep 2, 2014 11:31:16 AM

Excite_II_Lease_PriceLike its predecessor, the GE LX, the GE Excite II 1.5T MRI is extremely popular on the secondary market. This is partially due to its 8-channel R/F capacity, low upfront cost, and easy serviceability. 

The Excite II also offers excellent image quality in an efficient magnet design which dramatically reduces helium consumption. And, as with all GE MRI systems, the Excite II is easily upgradeable to platforms such as the HD, HDX, and HDXT.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

1.5T MRI Suite Size Requirements

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Aug 27, 2014 12:27:08 PM

MRI_Room_SizeMost people have more than a few questions right out of the gate as they consider an imaging project, especially when they're looking at an MRI scanner. When considered against all other modalities, MRI is one of the most involved in terms of logistical challenges, site planning, and technical knowledge. 

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

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

    

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