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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Top MRI Manufacturers Compared: Choosing the Best for Your Needs

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 29, 2015 1:58:55 PM

MRI_Manufacturer_ComparisonHundreds of people have come to us over the years with a wide variety of MRI needs and, depending on what those needs were, we've had occasion to direct them to many different models from many different manufacturers. Why? Not all MRI scanners are equal across all of the aspects that users value.

To help you begin building an idea of what to expect, we point out some of the big considerations we've seen buyers grapple with. Individual cases may vary but, in our experience and the experiences our partners have shared with us, the following are a snapshot of what each of these "major players" looks like on the third-party market.

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Topics: MRI

Hitachi Airis Elite vs. GE Ovation: Open MRI Compared

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 24, 2015 1:29:14 PM

Ovation_vs_Airis_Elite

If you’re like most people looking for a Hitachi Airis Elite right now, you might be wondering what happened to the market. The availability of Elites has plummeted, and fast. Heck, it’s even difficult to find Airis II magnets right now. So, what can you do if you’re in need of the capabilities of an Airis Elite but can’t find one?

Answer: Consider the .35T GE Ovation

The Ovation can do everything the Elite can do and, in most cases, can do it better. Take a look at the technical comparison below to see which features these systems share and some additional areas in which the Ovation shines.

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Topics: MRI

MRI Coil Damage Prevention 101

Posted by Stephen Loomis

May 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Coil_HandlingWhen it comes to MRI machines, our service team has dealt with just about any kind of hiccup, setback, or outright failure you can imagine. What you might not imagine is how many of these problems can be traced back to damage caused by mishandling of coils.

The following are recommendations for handling MRI coils safely to prevent damage, preserve image quality, and save you and your team the cost and hassle of downtime.

 

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

GE MRI Scanner Cost Price Info [2015 Update]

Posted by Steve Rentz

Apr 13, 2015 4:26:00 PM

GE_MRI_Price_2015Watch the video below for average costs on GE MRI scanners. You'll see prices including delivery and installation for:

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

GE EXCITE HDxt 1.5T MRI Lease Price Guide

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Apr 8, 2015 11:06:53 AM

EXCITE_HDxt_Lease_PriceOften referred to as a “15x” or “16x” system, the EXCITE HDxt is a widely popular platform within the family of GE MR systems available on the secondary market. This is due, in large part, to its near-current software and higher-end image capabilities.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

FDA Issues GE MRI Machine Recall

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Feb 24, 2015 4:06:09 PM

GE_MRI_recallOn February 18th, the FDA issued a recall of all GE MRI scanners with superconducting magnets. This includes 33 models in the GE line manufactured over the last 30 years. As a result of this order, thousands of units will need to be inspected and, potentially, corrected.

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Topics: MRI, medical imaging news

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

How to Prepare for a Mobile MRI Rental

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jan 29, 2015 10:09:41 AM

MRI_Rental_PrepAs with all imaging equipment, your MRI will eventually need to be upgraded or replaced to keep pace with new healthcare demands. If you've been in the field for a while, you're probably well aware of this and may have even been at your facility when the current MRI scanner was installed. If so, you're probably also well aware of the potential need for some extensive renovations.

Undergoing renovations is never fun, but not being able to serve patients or generate revenue is even less fun. So, what's done during construction?  Go mobile!

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Rental

How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Mobile MRI?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jan 21, 2015 2:31:48 PM

Mobile_MRI_Rental_CostWhether you need to keep scanning during a renovation, test your market for referral traffic, or simply catch some overflow that your current scanner can't handle, renting a mobile MRI could be exactly the solution you're looking for.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Rental

Siemens Symphony RFPA: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Chad Seelye

Dec 30, 2014 11:43:00 AM

Siemens_E6_DoraEvery MRI scanner depends on its radio frequency power amplifier (RFPA) to provide proper electrical current to the system. If you use a Siemens Symphony MRI, your RFPA is the E6 Dora (part #4753062)- a part that it shares in common with the Siemens Harmony.

Like many components in many different types of imaging equipment, the RFPA is subject to significant stress from its level of output. As a result, RFPA failures can happen suddenly and without much warning. We've already written about some reasons why your E6 Dora might fail, but what we want to share with you today is about how long (in the experience of our parts customers around the world) the typical Dora RFPA lasts and about how much (according to our recent market experience) you can expect to pay to replace one.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

    

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