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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Gadox vs. Cesium: DR Panel Comparison

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Apr 21, 2015 2:10:00 PM

GadOx_Panels_vs._CsI_PanelsInside every digital radiography (DR) detector panel is a layer of material called the scintillator. Right now, there are two main chemical compounds being used as scintillators in the manufacture of these panels: gadolinium oxysulfide (Gadox, for short) and cesium iodide (CsI).

Both of these materials are approved for use in diagnostic X-ray, and both of them are readily available in the DR marketplace. So, how does an imaging facility choose between a DR panel with Gadox and one with CsI?

The following are the most significant differences in purchasing and using a Gadox DR panel vs. a CsI panel.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

DR Panel Pixel Pitch: What Is It and How Important Is It?

Posted by John Maher

Apr 16, 2015 3:15:19 PM

Pixel_PitchAs you begin looking into the best DR panel to complement your X-ray system, one feature you're sure to come across in the market is pixel pitch. Every DR panel's specifications list it but, as the title of this article asks, what is pixel pitch and how important is it?

Keep reading to find out exactly how the pixel pitch of a DR panel should affect your purchasing decision.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Wireless Digital X-Ray Upgrade: Field Demonstration

Posted by John Maher

Apr 1, 2015 12:58:17 PM

DR_Panel_DemoIf you've been thinking about re-investing in your X-ray equipment, you may have already read about the ways upgrading with a DR panel can extend the life of your existing system and improve your efficiency. Both of these assertions are very true- we've written about both of them in earlier blog posts- but, to bring the message about DR panel upgrades full-circle, we took our camera to a customer's family practice facility to show you the ease and versatility in the field.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Why Is My R/F Room Tape Measure off by 12"?

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Mar 26, 2015 1:39:05 PM

LegacyTapeMeasureHeaderIf you're a radiology veteran, this is a question that probably has you rolling your eyes.

Still- it's one we get on a fairly consistent basis so, in the interest of helping out all the noobs in the house, we put together a concise description and a few photos that should clear up where in the world the first foot of your R/F (or rad room) tape measure went.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, X-ray

Replace Your CR? Or Upgrade to Digital X-Ray?

Posted by John Maher

Mar 19, 2015 3:18:00 PM

CRreplacevs.DRupgradeIf your CR reader has been in service for a number of years, the title of this blog may be the kind of equipment decision you'll be faced with in the very near future. However, just like all those imaging directors years ago that first faced the decision of moving from film processing to CR, you know that this decision isn't so much a question of one product being better than the other (if you're unfamiliar with the benefits of DR, click here), rather, it's a question of timing. Is right now a strategically sound time to take the leap into a digital X-ray system?

Keep reading for details on cost, ROI, and workflow management that might help clarify what you're getting into as you approach this decision.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

X-Ray Machine Cost Price Guide

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Mar 4, 2015 1:40:00 PM

X-raycostpriceIn many cases across the medical field, the X-ray machine is the most basic building block in a stable of imaging equipment. Even so, outfitting your facility with the fundamentals still constitutes a substantial capital cost. This is where the refurbished market shines: essential equipment, for a fraction of the price of new.

The video below will detail current average prices for the most popular X-ray machine models you'll find on the refurbished imaging equipment market.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

CMS Update: Transitioning from Analog X-Ray to Digital X-Ray

Posted by John Maher

Feb 18, 2015 9:46:52 AM

New_X-Ray_Reimbursement_RatesIn a September 9th meeting, the American College of Radiology (ACR) asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to delay the determination of radiology reimbursements for the calendar year 2015 Fee Schedule.  

This request was in response to the method CMS used to estimate capital equipment costs for PACS storage systems. Proposed payments were determined based on the cost of a standard desktop PC as opposed to a true PACS workstation. Clearly, CMS's understanding of the complexity and real costs of PACS is limited, however, the scope of this calculation is far from limited to PACS purchases and management.

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Topics: X-ray, 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

Analog to Digital X-Ray: Easy Upgrade Demo [video]

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Feb 4, 2015 3:26:00 PM

Easy_DR_Panel_UpgradeWe've been discussing upgrades from analog X-ray systems to digital radiography (DR) on our blog for a couple of years. The increases in efficiency, the cost savings vs. traditional film methods, the improvements in image quality- all of these have been covered in one article or another but, what we haven't fully demonstrated yet is how easy it is to start using one of these upgrades on your X-ray system. That ends today.

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Topics: X-ray

GE XRD Collimator: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Chad Seelye

Jan 30, 2015 2:17:00 PM

XRD_Collimator_HeaderFor the GE XRD (or any X-ray room, for that matter), proper collimator function is important not just for optimum image quality, but also for controlling radiation dose for patients and practitioners alike. Collimators generally last a long while, but degradation and eventual failure are still possibilities that any facility using X-ray equipment needs to be prepared to respond to.

Whether your XRD collimator is on the fritz right now or you simply like to stay informed and think ahead, the following information will help you build your cost expectations, know what problems to look for, and help ensure that the installation of a replacement collimator goes smoothly.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray

    

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