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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 Much Does an Open MRI Scanner Weigh?

Posted by Jeremy Block

Nov 15, 2019, 2:00:00 PM

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Getting a new open MRI scanner can be exciting: new capabilities, new ways to serve patients, and (maybe) eligibility for new reimbursements. But, before you go out and make an equipment purchase, you'll need to contain your excitement for a little while and sort out some logistics. Namely, you'll need to make sure just how much scanner your facility's infrastructure can handle.

With that need-to-know in mind, we've compiled the table below to show you the approximate system weight of the most popular open MRI scanners.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

How Much Does a Refurbished OEC 9900 Cost?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 14, 2019, 3:17:00 PM

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Only a few years ago, OEC 9900 C-arms were still relatively rare on the secondary market. As the model has matured, however, the availability of pre-owned 9900s has increased significantly. This increase has prompted a shift in cost that moves the 9900 into a pricing bracket that's accessible to a much wider range of facilities. If you've considered the OEC 9900 in the past and found it to be outside your budget constraints, you should know that the landscape has changed.

We consulted our resident C-arm expert, Chris Sharrock about what kind of savings buyers can expect to find when they come across OEC 9900s on the refurbished market. He replied with this:

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

Mini C-Arms vs Full-Size C-Arms

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 11, 2019, 3:15:00 PM

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“Should I be shopping for a full-size C-arm or a mini C-arm?” It’s no surprise that this question comes up almost daily. With most technologies, smaller is better. Bluetooth streaming from cellphones has replaced bulky, multi-disc CD changers and tablets have taken the home computer down to the size of a manila envelope. On top of the convenience, space is money. So why not try to save every square foot you can?

This logic makes perfect sense, but only under the right circumstances. In the area of C-arm technology, it’s important to remember that there are some limitations that come with the reduction in size the mini C-arm offers. Here is a quick look at what a mini C-arm can and can't do: 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

CT Scanner Installation Process: What to Expect

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Nov 8, 2019, 1:15:00 PM

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So, you’ve spent the past couple months poring over site drawings and working through construction issues and your site prep work has paid off: you're ready to accept delivery of your new CT scanner and begin installation!

As you move into this next phase of your CT scanner project, we want to help you know what to expect. Keep reading for more details on what exactly takes place during a CT scanner installation

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management, CT Scanner

The Best CT Scanner for Low-Volume Facilities

Posted by Paul Crawford

Nov 7, 2019, 10:00:00 AM

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There’s a lot of talk about “patient volume” and “system throughput” in the CT scanner world, and rightfully so. After all, the kind of efficiency these terms refer to improves patient service, physician workflow, and the financial bottom line of a practice. But, most of the talk revolves around high-volume facilities. What if your patient schedule isn’t exactly bursting at the seams? What if you only plan to do a handful of scans a day? Which CT scanner is the best for low-volume facilities?

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

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