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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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Becka Bowden

Digital X-Ray Tech Support: Remote vs. On-Site

Posted by Becka Bowden

Apr 26, 2016 9:42:28 AM

In working with X-ray users to upgrade their analog equipment with digital radiography (DR) panels, we've noticed that, at times, there can be a little confusion on the service/tech support end of things. The primary reason for this seems to be reconciling the on-site X-ray equipment service most of the imaging field is accustomed to with the remote service support that DR upgrade packages offer.

To help bring more clarity, we'll break down the differences, pros, and cons of both on-site and remote service support styles.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, X-ray

X-Ray Room Installation: Should My Chest Stand Be Left-Hand or Right-Hand Loaded?

Posted by Becka Bowden

Mar 15, 2016 9:37:56 AM

 As you remodel or build a new space for your new X-ray system, one decision that can easily be lost in the mix is whether to get a left-hand or right-hand loading chest stand. It may seem like a trivial, preference-driven detail, but if this decision is not weighed carefully and your system arrives with a chest stand that loads cassettes on the wrong side, it can derail the entire installation process for several days while the correct stand is obtained.

To help you avoid this problem, we looked back at the hundreds of X-ray installations we've performed over the last 19 years and compiled the most important considerations for choosing whether to get a left-hand or a right-hand loaded chest stand.

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Before You Buy a CT Scanner in Africa...

Posted by Becka Bowden

May 13, 2014 8:58:52 AM

So, you're thinking about adding a CT to your imaging facility in Africa but you just don’t know where to start? It’s easy to rush out and buy a CT from the first company that offers the right price, but instead, we suggest you spend some extra time on a few key considerations.

In our experience working with customers in Africa, we've identified that, when concerns arise, they arise most frequently in the following areas. Take note as you prepare to make this important decision. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Project Management

CT Coronary Angiography: Why Do I Need a 64-Slice CT Scanner?

Posted by Becka Bowden

Mar 12, 2014 3:35:00 PM

Using a 64-Slice CT scanner for coronary angiography has been a growing trend in hospitals in recent years. These scanners first entered the CT market in 2004 and have enjoyed increasing popularity across the US, especially in teaching hospitals. 

There are, of course, other pieces of equipment that can be used to get the same diagnosis, but 64-slice CT presents advantages over both of them in several areas. Read on to see why, if you intend to study hearts, a 64-slice CT scanner should be a leading contender for your next imaging purchase. 


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

State Radiological and Health Department Links

Posted by Becka Bowden

Jan 31, 2013 5:06:00 PM

Buying or maintaining imaging equipment? Or maybe you're installing a system? In any of these cases, you'll need to know who to contact to make sure you're fully aware of the unique radiological laws of the state you're working in.

If you've already accessed the list of State and Radiological Health Department links from us before, it is time to download the newly updated file.

This type of information is not static and a number of states have changed contact information, changed their laws, or begun to regulate imaging equipment modalities they previously didn't.

Use the list of links provided to help you find answers to your state's requirements. Should you need further assistance with your imaging equipment, please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help. 




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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, medical imaging news, Imaging Equipment Project Management

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