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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 healthcare providers worldwide can extend the lives of patients. This is why we answer your imaging equipment questions.

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How to Set the Date and Time on a GE Precision 500D

Posted by James Porchik

Feb 4, 2016 11:31:08 AM

500D_date_and_time.jpgIf you're going to keep accurate patient records, your imaging equipment needs to show the correct date and time on each scan it takes.  Of course, if you've ever tried to reset the clock on your car stereo or program your DVR, you know that, where technology is concerned, seemingly simple tasks can often have more steps than you may anticipate. This is the case for the date and time settings on the Precision 500D R/F room, but we can help.

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to set the date and time on your Precision 500D.



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Topics: X-ray

Product Overview: Siemens Axiom Artis Interventional Lab

Posted by Jeremy Block

Nov 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Axiom_Artis_Series_Overview.pngThe Axiom Artis is one of the most prevalent product lines from Siemens in the interventional radiology category. One of the first things you’ll notice as you begin to look for information on the Axiom Artis is just how many varieties it comes in: floor- mounted vs. ceiling-mounted vs. a combination of both, image intensifiers vs. detectors, single-plane vs. bi-plane. On top of that, there are numerous software configurations which will determine the kinds of studies each system is equipped to accommodate.

To denote the configuration of each system, Siemens has developed a "code" consisting of eight letters. With so many feature combinations, however, the code leaves you with a lot of acronyms and, perhaps, less clarity than the folks at Siemens might have hoped. We’ve decoded the acronyms below to assist anyone perusing Siemens interventional suites to better understand which system is the right fit.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

3 Price Points for Digital X-ray Equipment Options

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Nov 20, 2015 2:36:37 PM

Every day our team talks with people that tell us they want to start using digital X-ray but that they need to go digital at or below a certain price point. The good news for all of these people is that there is more than one way to go digital, and each method can accommodate a different price point as well as meet a different set of needs.

Take a look at the digital X-ray options below to begin building an idea of what might be the best fit for your facility's next solution.

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

Tethered Digital X-Ray Upgrades: What's Included?

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Oct 29, 2015 5:06:12 PM

If you've heard any of the recent buzz about upgrading analog X-ray systems with digital radiography (DR) panels, you've definitely heard about how they improve speed, improve image quality, and reduce maintenance costs. But, while the benefits of upgrading may be clear, what you actually get when you purchase an upgrade kit is frequently glossed over.

Take a look at the video below to see all of the pieces that come with a typical DR panel upgrade kit. The kit you'll see has a tethered panel but, with the exception of some batteries, will resemble the kit you would receive with the purchase of a wireless DR panel upgrade.

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Topics: X-ray

3 Questions to Find Your Best PACS Solution

Posted by John Maher

Oct 7, 2015 3:12:16 PM

Every imaging facility needs a secure, reliable, and spacious place to store their images, right? This is why facilities purchase PACS systems. But, choosing a PACS system isn't as simple as acknowledging the need and placing an order. There are many PACS options that, depending on your volume, your staff, your comfort with data technology, and any number of other factors relative to your unique usage, may or may not work the best for you.

To help point you in the right direction, we've put together 3 big questions that should be at the core of any PACS purchasing decision

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Topics: X-ray

CR Reader vs. DR Panel: Speed Updating

Posted by John Maher

Sep 10, 2015 11:00:00 AM

If you've visited this blog before, there's a good chance you've seen a comparison or two regarding the decision to update your X-ray room with a CR reader, or with a digital radiology (DR) detector panel.

CR and DR have squared off in a race against the clock, they've introduced you to their very different teams, and now they're bringing their "A game" to show radiology directors how they can address the needs that matter to them (and their techs and patients) most. 

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Topics: X-ray

How to Get the Right X-Ray Tube for Your GE R/F Room

Posted by Katie Clifford

Sep 4, 2015 3:15:15 PM

horn_angle_header.jpgIf you're using a GE R/F room, you're also using an MX100 X-ray tube and, like any tube, it will need to be replaced from time-to-time. Unlike other X-ray tubes, however, the MX100 comes in a number of varieties and ordering the right replacement for your particular system isn't as simple as a part number and phone call.

Take a look at the tips and examples below so that you can save your facility downtime and be sure you're getting the right "flavor" of MX100 for your R/F system.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray, Parts & Service

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


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