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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Inside a Fixed DR Panel Installation [VIDEO]

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Aug 31, 2015 12:55:00 PM

Fixed_DR_Panel_InstallA fixed DR panel is an ideal digital upgrade for chiropractic X-ray systems that are still processing images on film or with a CR reader. The images are clearer, the acquisition times are faster, and the process of installing the upgrade can be done in less than a day.

Of course, it's one thing to say all that, it's quite another to show you exactly what we mean. That's why we brought our camera to a recent install site to catch all the action.

Watch the video below to see the entire process of a fixed panel installation at a chiropractic clinic condensed to under two minutes.

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Topics: X-ray

DR Panel Price Cost Guide

Posted by John Maher

Aug 25, 2015 9:28:00 AM

dr_panel_price_guideIf higher image quality, faster scan times, and lower maintenance costs have you considering digital radiography (DR), but your budget has you considering toughing it out another year with analog X-ray equipment, there's an affordable middle ground: DR panels. Using a DR panel in your analog X-ray system lets you claim all of the advantages of a factory-made digital X-ray system without removing and replacing your existing unit.

Within the line of DR panels available, there are options that make the product flexible, in terms of both functionality and cost. Below you'll find more details and current average price ranges for each option.

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Topics: X-ray

How to Find the Grid Lines on Your GE Proteus Rad Room

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 6, 2015 3:16:00 PM

Proteus_Grid_Lines_HeaderFor those of you who are upgrading your GE Proteus rad room with a CR reader or a DR panel, one of the things you'll need to check to make sure your system will be compatible with your upgrade is the line rating of the X-ray grids on your chest stand and under your table top.

If you've used a CR reader with your system before, there's a very strong chance that your grid is compatible with other CR models as well as with DR panels. However, it's best practice to be absolutely sure. It would be frustrating (at best) to discover a completely preventable compatibility issue the day your new upgrade arrives.

Your line ratings are clearly labeled on your system, but you have to know where to look for the stickers. We've filmed the following demonstration so that you can find your grid labels and check your ratings with minimal diassembly.

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Topics: X-ray

CR Reader vs. DR Panel: Meet the Team [VIDEO]

Posted by John Maher

Jul 31, 2015 4:49:00 PM

CR_DR_Meet_the_TeamWe have conversations every day with people who are thinking about phasing out their CR reader and replacing it with a DR panel. Each person we talk to has their own unique set of budget constraints and some, understandably, opt to try and squeeze a few more years out of their CR before taking the leap into an upgrade. In those cases, we ask them to consider this: your CR reader may be bought and paid for, but if you've put off upgrading your X-ray equipment, don't forget the ongoing costs you're still paying.

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Topics: X-ray

Advantages of Wireless DR Panels for R/F Rooms

Posted by Tim Richard

Jul 9, 2015 4:46:00 PM

DR_Panel_with_RF_RoomWe've had a lot to say in recent months about the benefits of upgrading analog rad rooms to digital rad rooms with wireless DR panels. We've talked about saving money, time, and space. We've talked about improving images and serving patients better. What we haven't talked about, is using DR panels to upgrade R/F rooms. As anyone with one of these systems knows, half of any R/F room is a rad room and, in most cases, these rad rooms are analog. This means that they are perfectly suited to going digital with a wireless panel.

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Topics: X-ray

Advantages of Wireless DR Panels for Portable X-Ray

Posted by John Maher

Jul 1, 2015 3:32:00 PM

DR_Upgrade_for_Portable_X-RayWhen it comes to workhorse equipment, you don't get much more durable and reliable than the portable X-ray machine. As a refurbisher of these systems, we get a closer look than most at the wear, tear, and downright abuse these systems can endure while continuing to provide quality diagnostic images.

Because of this durability and because of refurbishment, we're able to extend the lives of portable X-ray units and keep them in service, often longer than any other type of imaging system. Now, we can take the revitalizing effect of refurbishment a step further by enabling analog portable units with digital imaging technology via wireless DR panel upgrades.

Going digital offers users a number of benefits which, as the title of this blog promises, we'll get to in a minute. For starters, however, take a look at the video below to see what the upgrade kit looks like and what is included with it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Digital X-Ray Upgrade Features Guide

Posted by John Maher

Jun 15, 2015 11:02:00 AM

DR_Panel_FeaturesOnce you've made the decision to convert your analog X-ray system into a fully digital X-ray system, you'll find yourself looking out across a wide field of options to make that choice happen. The number of companies manufacturing digital X-ray detector panels has increased dramatically in the last few years and, as you might suspect, each of them goes about it in their own way and leverages their product's strengths against those of their competitors.

To help you "decode" some of the jargon on what is likely your first purchase of this type of product and narrow down the field of options, we've put together a briefing on the aspects of DR panels that make the biggest practical differences. Our hope is that you can hit the panel market better informed and, maybe, a little less hung up on some of the minutiae.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

CR Reader vs. DR Panel: Race Against the Clock [VIDEO]

Posted by John Maher

May 27, 2015 3:43:00 PM

DR_vs_CR_RaceSo, everybody knows that a DR panel is faster than a CR reader, right? But what you might not know is how much faster. Just how much time can you reclaim when you use a DR panel?

If this is something you've wondered as you consider what's next for your imaging equipment, prepare to wonder no more. The video below pits a CR reader against a DR panel in a side-by-side race, from firing X-ray to having a preview image rendered on the monitor. Watch and learn how much time and throughput a DR panel can add to your day.

 

 

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Wireless DR Panel Ownership: The “What Ifs?”

Posted by John Maher

May 19, 2015 10:28:00 AM

Digital_X-Ray_Detector_PanelDR panels are becoming an increasingly affordable option to extend the life of existing analog X-ray equipment and improve its performance. Even so, as with any up-and-coming product, after the tech questions and the pricing questions are answered, questions about the ownership experience arise. We call these the "What ifs?" and getting strong answers to them is every bit as important as learning technical spec.

The following are some of the most common questions we get about DR panels in the clinical setting. Check out the answers to learn more about what you can expect after your DR panel is up and running.

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Topics: X-ray

Digital X-Ray Panel Upgrades: A Case Study

Posted by John Maher

May 4, 2015 2:51:00 PM

DR_Panel_Family_PracticeBlock Imaging partnered recently with a primary care office looking to upgrade from conventional film-based X-ray processing to a direct-to-digital (DR) system. To help others considering the same option, we documented the process step-by-step. The following is a case study that demonstrates the selection, installation, transition period, and ROI forecast calculation of the new equipment.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

    

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