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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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

Copley 274 Gradient Parts: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Chad Seelye

Dec 10, 2014 5:04:00 PM

Phlips_Gradient_Copley_274The Copley 274 gradient amplifier is used with the Philips Intera 1.5T MRI scanner. Inside the gradient cabinet are three parts that most Intera users will find themselves replacing at one point or another.

  • Gradient Module
  • Gradient power supply
  • Gradient controller

If you're reading this and you have an Intera, I'd be willing to bet a modest sum of American dollars (or, perhaps, Malaysian Ringgits) the next two questions you have are: "How often do I need to replace these?" AND "How much will it cost?"

Read on to find out just what you can expect from your Copley gradient components.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

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

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Nov 18, 2014 2:29:47 PM

Used_GE_450W

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

    

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