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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GE Definium 8000 vs. Proteus w/Digital Detector: The Cost of Ownership

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Oct 21, 2014 3:52:00 PM

Proteus_vs_DefiniumEver since the advent of digital flat-panel detectors for analog X-ray systems, people from all over have been asking us for comparisons of retrofitted systems versus "born" digital systems. We've discussed functionality and up-front cost in other articles, but, because there are more costs involved in owning an X-ray system than just the price tag on it, we thought it was about time to talk about the overall cost of ownership.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Upgrade Options for GE AMX IV Portable X-Ray

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Oct 17, 2014 11:39:50 AM

AMX_IV_UpgradesThe basic design and functionality of a portable X-ray machine hasn't changed dramatically over the last 20 years. This is precisely why it's so common to find GE AMX machines from 2005, 2000, and even 1995 still being used in hospitals every day.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray

Why Upgrade Your R/F Room?

Posted by Tim Richard

Aug 15, 2014 3:36:45 PM

why-should-you-upgrade-your-rf-roomWe see it all the time- a facility puts off shopping for their next R/F room until the current system is on its very last leg, or worse, already failing. Reimbursement rates being what they are, coupled with the technological leaps in other imaging modalities over the last 15 years, this procrastination is somewhat understandable. For some facilities, it can seem like the only reason to replace their R/F room is to placate their accreditation organization.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray

What to Expect During an R/F Room Removal

Posted by Tim Richard

Jul 23, 2014 11:10:33 AM

R-F_RemovalEventually, it will happen at every hospital: The R/F room will come to the end of its long, reliable life and need to be replaced. But, before you'll be able to get the new system in, Ol' Faithful is going to have to come out.

Removing an R/F room is a big job with a lot of steps and moving parts but, with the help of an experienced imaging equipment team, it can be done safely, efficiently, and relatively quickly. Whether this process is years away or in your near future, it will help to know what you're in store for. 

Below you'll read the process of a general R/F room removal. You'll also read a few tips for things that you will need to do. Some jobs present their own unique challenges but, generally, these projects go as follows:

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

What to Expect During Your X-Ray Machine Project

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jul 14, 2014 10:22:29 AM

X-Ray_Project_PicSuccessful X-ray projects don't simply happen. From first-time installations, to upgrades, to relocations, there are a lot of bases to cover and considerations to bear in mind. This is why we've compiled the links below: 14 articles to give you some insight on the major stages of an X-ray project. Click through on any of the links below to learn more about what you're in store for as you begin.

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

Digital X-Ray: CR vs. DR

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jun 11, 2014 1:20:00 PM

CR_vs_DRBy now, pretty much everybody in the radiology field knows that old-school, analog image acquisition and processing via film are about as inefficient as it gets. Most people also know that there is more than one way to take your imaging into the digital age.

Of course, as is usually the case any time one is offered options, there are pros and cons to each. Below, we'll break down the advantages and challenges posed by both computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR).

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Topics: X-ray

OEC Urology: Your Options Now

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 11, 2014 4:44:12 PM

OEC_Urology_UroviewOEC discontinued the last model in their Uroview product line (the Uroview 2800) in 2006. But, just because you won't be seeing any more new Uroviews doesn't mean that OEC is out of the urology market altogether. There are still options available to the OEC loyalist who wants to break into urology or upgrade their existing uro platform. Below are two routes you can take to high-quality uro functionality from OEC.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, X-ray

R/F Room Rentals: Benefits and Pricing

Posted by Tim Richard

Mar 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM


RF_Room_Rental_PricingTo upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question. Seeking capital approval for R/F rooms can be just plain difficult. With basement-level reimbursements, lifespan, and limited technological improvement over the past 15 years, spending $225,000 to upgrade can be a hard pill to swallow. BUT, the reality is, the R/F room is often necessary and quite versatile. As you prepare to make your capital requests, the following are several reasons why renting (and renting to own) an R/F system might be the best option for you and your facility.

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Rental

Urgent Care X-Ray Equipment Package Bundles

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Feb 21, 2014 10:09:00 AM


So, conventional wisdom says, "You've got to spend money to make money." You know this and you're prepared to do so to outfit your urgent care center. But wouldn't it be better if you could spend less money and start making money sooner?

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

C-Arm Radiation Safety 101

Posted by Trish Payne

Feb 7, 2014 9:00:00 AM

C-Arm_radiation_SafetyWhen it comes to radiation safety in medical imaging, the guiding principle is ALARA: “as low as reasonably achievable.” This goes not only for the patients being scanned, but also for the technicians and physicians who are often in the vicinity of the equipment.

Radiation exposure in fluoroscopy equipment like C-arms comes from two main sources- “scatter” radiation that bounces off the patient's body and “leakage” radiation from the X-ray tube. Of the two sources of exposure, scatter radiation varies considerably more and is the higher contributor to overall exposure.  

If you're new to the medical imaging field or to radography/fluoroscopy, there are a few things you should know about getting your radiation exposure ALARA. Below are 4 areas to focus on for greater radiation safety:


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Topics: C-Arm, X-ray


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