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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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Is 64 the New 16? Standards of Care in CT Scanner Technology

Posted by Paul Crawford

May 26, 2017 8:48:24 AM

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The advancement of CT technology has traveled largely predictable paths over the last two decades; from single-slice, to dual, to 4, 8, and 16-slice, doubling slice counts every few years into the current stratosphere of 320 or 640 slices per rotation. In spite of all the upward mobility in detector capabilities and reconstruction software algorithms, the 16-slice scanner has remained the most commonly used scanner for studies outside the cardiac space. Now, however, with greater availability on the secondary market and, consequently, lower pricing than ever, is it possible that 64-slice scanners have become heir apparent to the title of "Industry Standard"?

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Topics: CT Scanner

Does My Imaging System Need Service Coverage?

Posted by Josh Block

May 25, 2017 9:16:57 AM

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The question in the title of this article is one we are asked frequently, and one that is simply answered: Yes, your imaging equipment will have service needs and they will need to be covered somehow. The deeper question behind that first one is, "How much service coverage does my imaging equipment need?" This second question opens the door to the possibility that one size of coverage plan does not necessarily fit all across the wide variety of modalities, models, and owner/operator types in the imaging field today. Whether your appetite for risk- and your budget- have you leaning toward a full-featured plan or something on more of an "as needed" basis, it's imperative that a technical safety net be in place to catch you and your system in the event of an equipment failure.

Below, we'll rank the common modalities by how much service cost risk they carry as a way to help you gauge how much of that risk your facility may want to take on its own and how much you may want to share with a service provider through any of the coverage options on the service market.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

Used MRI vs Refurbished MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 19, 2017 4:39:00 PM

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Refurbished, used, second-hand, pre-owned- not great options for underpants or toothbrushes but, more and more, a smart choice for medical imaging equipment. However, in many cases, hospitals and imaging centers get too hung up on the word "used" when sometimes, the value of a deal is more about how a seller uses the word "used" and what they really mean. 

Below, we'll quickly scan through some common MRI keywords and how they relate and don’t relate to MRI systems being offered for sale on the secondary market.

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Topics: MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

GE VCT 64 vs. Philips Brilliance 64

Posted by Jeremy Block

May 18, 2017 11:36:19 AM

Both the GE VCT 64 and the Philips Brilliance 64 are prominent models from prominent players on the 64-slice CT scanner market. Admittedly- the two systems have a lot in common, and either can serve both patient and radiologist needs well. There are, however, some factors that set apart the experiences of owning and using one over the other.  So, what are those differences, and how do you choose?

Below are a few key pros, cons, differences, and similarities to think over as you consider the GE VCT 64 and Philips Brilliance 64 as options in the hunt for your next CT scanner.

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Topics: CT Scanner

How to Access Your Hologic DEXA Error Logs

Posted by Jason Block

May 17, 2017 4:22:00 PM

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If you've been experiencing issues with your Hologic DEXA system, one of the first places to check for more information on the problem is your system's error logs. Accessing these shows the error code for the problem- valuable information to pass on if you need to place a service call. 

Having the error code in hand, enables an engineer to have parts sent ahead or to bring them along, allowing for the system to be repaired in a single visit. This is the fastest way to get your system back up and running. 

Here is a short video to guide you through where to find your Hologic DEXA’s error log so you can better inform your service provider and empower them to get you scanning again ASAP.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Bone Densitometer, Medical Imaging Service Training

Does My Hologic Selenia Need an External UPS?

Posted by Matt Bushart

May 12, 2017 9:20:00 AM

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Just like any other device that runs on electricity, mammography equipment is vulnerable to power disruptions- disruptions that can lead to data loss or even equipment damage. This is why so many Hologic Selenia users and buyers ask us whether or not they should protect their systems with an external UPS. We'll answer that, and other Selenia UPS questions below.

 

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service, Mammography

How to Find and Clear Collision Errors on GE Innova Cath Labs

Posted by Mohammed Ali

May 11, 2017 3:23:22 PM

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Any time objects begin to move from a fixed position, there's a risk of one of them running into the others, right? This is precisely why GE Innova cath labs come equipped with collision sensors- to detect when system components are encroaching on another object and shut down their movement when that happens. But when a sensor is activated and movement shuts down, whether due to an actual collision or a temporary glitch, are there simple ways to clear the error and regain functional movement?

Below, we'll show you how to easily locate the source of your collision error and equip you with a few simple steps that can clear the error and get your Innova cath lab back in action.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service

Siemens Arcadis C-Arm Price Cost Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

May 10, 2017 9:05:00 AM

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The Siemens Arcadis C-arm series is comprised of models known for powerful generators, hardily engineered parts, and isocentric 3D imaging. If any of these are compelling features for the specialties you intend to pursue with your C-arm purchase, a Siemens Arcadis product could be an excellent fit for you. What's more- Arcadis series C-arms are more available on the secondary market than they've ever been. This is great news for facilities anticipating a high volume of vascular and/or bariatric studies.

Below, you'll find current average prices for refurbished Siemens Arcadis series C-arms. These prices include delivery and a 1-year service agreement.

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Topics: C-Arm, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Jarrell IG vs. Westville IG for GE CT Scanners

Posted by Garth Immelman

May 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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The image generator (IG) module on your GE CT scanner is a vital part of the image reconstruction chain that comes in two varieties: the Jarrell and the Westville. As your IG works, helping to render CT images, it generates a substantial amount of heat. The result- eventually you'll need to replace it. 

When the time comes for replacement, there are some details that will be helpful for you to know, namely, the cost to replace your IG, signs it may be on its way out, and whether you need a Jarrell or a Westville variety. We'll break down each of these details below so you can be prepared when your IG's time eventually comes.

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

Toshiba Aquilion 64 vs. GE VCT 64

Posted by Paul Crawford

May 4, 2017 3:36:00 PM

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It's apparent from the start that Toshiba's Aquilion 64 and GE's VCT 64 CT scanners have a lot in common. Both scanners are from leading manufacturers, they're both elligible for reimbursement of cardiac scans in the US, and they're both of similar vintage in terms of manufacturing years. As much as these two systems have in common, however, there are also a number of differences between them that anyone on the market for a 64-slice CT scanner would do well to be aware of.

Below, we'll break down the similarities and differences between the Toshiba Aquilion 64 and the GE VCT 64 as well as highlight the areas in which each of them shines.

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Topics: CT Scanner

    

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