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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Wireless DR Panel Ownership: The “What Ifs?”

Posted by John Maher

May 19, 2015 10:28:25 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

R/F Room Price Cost Info [2015 Update]

Posted by Tim Richard

Apr 30, 2015 4:39:00 PM

R_F_Room_Cost_PriceIf you're about to hit the market for an R/F room, you've got several big decisions ahead of you. Before you make any of those decisions, however, one of the first questions you'll need to answer is how much the system that best fits your needs is likely to cost. 

To help you know what you should expect from the current refurbished equipment market, we've pulled together average pricing numbers for some of the top R/F room models.

Watch the video below to see current price ranges for the following:  

  • GE Legacy 
  • GE Precision 500D
  • Philips Easy Diagnost
  • Siemens Luminos
  • And others
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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

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 3:15:00 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

    

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