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

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What's the Latest in Siemens Cath Labs?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jul 2, 2020 1:05:43 PM

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We'll be honest- most of the conversations we have with buyers about cath lab equipment revolve around Philips and GE systems. There is, however, plenty of room to discuss systems from a third player in the market: Siemens. This is especially true in light of some of the compelling features Siemens has brought to their cath line with their current generation of equipment.

While Siemens labs are not as popular when it comes to reinstallation here in the US, they are still quality systems that merit consideration. With that in mind, here's an overview of the systems offered by Siemens in the time since the Artis Zee.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

CT Signal Brushes and Power Brushes: When to Replace

Posted by Jordan Clark

Jun 26, 2020 2:26:40 PM

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Your CT scanner's signal brushes and power brushes play a critical role in the operation of your system. Over time, though, these brushes wear down and need to be replaced. But what does that look like? How do you know when it's time to retire your current brushes and order a fresh set?

This article will help you become aware of issues that point to worn brushes, when you should replace your brushes, and some important things to consider at the time of replacement.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

Should I Upgrade my GE 1.5T MRI & How Far Should I Upgrade It?

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jun 24, 2020 10:55:29 AM

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More and more, we hear from GE 1.5T MRI users who prefer the idea of keeping their current magnet and upgrading its electronics and software instead of replacing it entirely. There are plenty of reasons (at least seven) to go that route, but what they really want to know is how much more performance they'll get.

To help GE MRI users better understand the functionality they'll gain at each upgrade level, we put our heads together with our friends at Signature MRI to break down features and options for 9X, 12X, 15X/16X, and 23X scanners with CXK4 magnets.

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Topics: MRI

MRI Chiller Failure: Save Helium with a Water Bypass

Posted by Kelley Tomlinson

Jun 19, 2020 2:17:59 PM

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When your MRI scanner's chiller isn't working properly, watching your helium boil off can feel an awful lot like watching money burn. Fortunately, there's a way to slow down boil off and reduce your losses while you wait for HVAC service personnel to arrive and resuscitate your chiller: a city water bypass.

A city water bypass (CWB), also known as a city water changeover or simply city water backup, allows you to temporarily cool your MRI with water from your local municipal lines. Keep reading for more details on this valuable MRI rescue tool.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Correcting CT Scanner Artifacts: Streak Artifacts

Posted by LaToya Beasley

Jun 16, 2020 4:00:00 PM

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Generally, images produced by CT scanners are accurate representations of the scanned object. The technology is a mainstay in the imaging stables of most hospitals. In spite of this, CT is commonly susceptible to a number of image anomalies1, including streak artifacts.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, CT Scanner

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