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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"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

Your GE MRI Machine is Worth...

Posted by Steve Rentz

Mar 28, 2014 12:15:00 PM

GE_MRI_ValuesYou’re looking to sell your GE MRI machine and doing your homework to find out how much it is worth? You've come to the right place!

Perhaps you have already read our blog post “How Much is My MRI Machine Worth? It’s Easier to Figure out than You Think”… and you now have all the details you need such as the date of manufacture, coils, software, serial number, etc. Perfect!

Now you say, "SHOW ME THE MONEY!"

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Valuations, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI

ONI Extremity MRI Comparison: OrthOne 1.0T vs. MSK Extreme 1.0T

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Mar 27, 2014 11:38:46 AM


If you’re one of the many imaging facilities considering an extremity MRI, chances are that you’ve heard of the OrthOne and MSK Extreme 1.0T, both manufactured by ONI Medical Systems (purchased by GE in 2009). As you consider both of these models, you might be asking “what is the difference?” Believe me, given that the systems look pretty much identical… you are not alone. I’ve received this question on multiple occasions, so I figured it might be time to answer in a blog!

As you can see the article is not long. This is because the differences between these models are few and relatively minor. But, for clarity's sake, let’s check them out:

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Philips MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Mar 11, 2014 8:56:27 AM

Philips_1.5T_MRI_ReviewsIf you're in the market for an MRI machine, chances are you'll see three big manufacturer names out front- Philips is definitely one of them (along with GE and Siemens). Philips 1.5T MRI machines come in 3 main varieties that each shine in different areas. We've compiled a review of each below to highlight some of those differences and strengths and help you along the way to choosing the best MRI for your facility's needs.


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

How Does the Helium Shortage Affect My MRI Service Costs?

Posted by Gabe Viscomi

Feb 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Helium_Shortage_Coverage_CostsWe're relatively certain that if you own/operate an MRI (or a balloon stand, for that matter) you are well aware that there is a helium shortage. The main providers of helium (Praxair and AirProducts) have limited supplies and prices have gone up.

But, you're under a service agreement that covers helium for your MRI so you have nothing to worry about, right? Think again! Even though you are still under a service agreement there are still a few things that you need to be aware of.


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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Siemens MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Feb 5, 2014 9:25:00 AM

Siemens_1.5T_MRI_MachinesIf you're on the hunt for a Siemens 1.5T MRI scanner, you've probably already realized that there are a number of models available on the secondary market. While it's great to have options, it can also make the decision more complicated.

Which MRI scanner is best for you? If you prefer Siemens equipment, take a look at the MRI models below for more information to help you reach your answer:


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Mammography vs. Breast MRI for Breast Cancer Detection

Posted by Garth Immelman

Jan 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM


Customers have asked us the question: “What’s the difference between getting a breast MRI versus a regular mammogram using a mammography machine?” This is a great question, the answer to which highlights the separate strengths of these modalities.

Each machine has its advantages and disadvantages that result in one being more suitable for general screening (mammography) and the other more suitable for diagnosis and staging (MRI).

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Topics: MRI, Mammography

GE MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jan 27, 2014 8:30:00 AM

GE_1.5T_MRI_Models_ReviewsLooking for a 1.5T GE MRI?  Great!  Now… which model do you choose?  What makes the most sense for your MRI project... and your MRI budget?  By now, you’ve probably realized that making sense of the different models within each manufacturer can be a daunting task, and GE is certainly no exception.  Let’s take a look under the hood at the most popular models, starting with the newest.


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Does an Extremity MRI Need RF Shielding?

Posted by David McAndrews

Jan 21, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Extrmity_MRI_RF_ShieldOne of the big ticket items in any MRI project is RF shielding. That's right: ANY MRI project. Extremity MRIs are no exception.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Is Going Green Giving Your MRI Scanner Image Artifacts?

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Dec 13, 2013 9:45:00 AM

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI


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