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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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Steve Rentz

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How Much Does It Cost to Upgrade a GE MRI?

Posted by Steve Rentz

Oct 18, 2018 4:01:53 PM

GE MRI Upgrades

If your imaging facility uses a GE MRI machine with a CXK4 magnet, there's a good chance a field upgrade can improve your MRI without replacing it, and save you a significant amount of cost along the way.

For years, all the systems in GE's MRI line were built around the CXK4. This is true of every GE MRI model from the LX to the Optima 440. Therein lies the key to stepping up the capabilities of your MRI system without replacing the gantry; improving software and electronics with revisions and components that work with your gantry, table, and existing coils.

Back to the title question: How much do these upgrades cost? Let's get to it!

 

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Topics: MRI

Siemens MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Oct 11, 2018 2:40:00 PM

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If you're on the hunt for a Siemens 1.5T MRI, you already know there are a number of models available on the secondary market. While it's great to have options, it can also make the decision more complicated.

Which MRI scanner is best for you? If you prefer Siemens equipment, take a look at the 1.5T MRI models below for more information to help you reach your answer:

 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

GE MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Sep 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Looking for a 1.5T GE MRI machine? Great! Now, which model do you choose? What makes the most sense for your MRI project, and your MRI budget?

By now, you’ve probably realized that making sense of the different models offered by each manufacturer can be a daunting task, and GE is certainly no exception.  Let’s take a look under the hood and break down the most popular 1.5T GE MRI models, starting with the newest.

Have a model in mind already? Click here to browse our inventory of MRI machines. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Three Reasons to Consider Siemens' TIM Trio 3T

Posted by Steve Rentz

Sep 6, 2018 4:49:00 PM

TIM Trio 3T Three Reasons

Sure, the technicians and doctors at every imaging facility would love to have their top pick among the "latest and greatest" for MRI equipment- and when it comes to 3T MRI, the Siemens Verio and Siemens Skyra are two systems that come to mind. The reality though, is that most places don't have the budgetary freedom to simply order their dream system. Fortunately, the secondary market can offer these facilities a more affordable alternative that will give them comparable performance.


Check out the short clip below to see three reasons why the Siemens TIM Trio 3T might be a good way for your facility to balance cost and technology.

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Topics: MRI, Buying Imaging Equipment

Low Field Open MRI vs Closed MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 9, 2018 9:27:00 AM

open MRI vs closed MRI

Under-powered, under-utilized, and sometimes misunderstood, open MRI systems are often under-appreciated here in the USA and ignored in other “developed” countries. 

Many radiologists don’t want to read from open MRIs, governments and insurers don’t want to pay for them, and the appetite for higher and higher powered magnets has, in many cases, relegated the open MRI to a “back-up” role in larger imaging facilities. Whether or not that relegation is deserved, it’s a fact that the demand for low-field open MRI (.2T - .35T) has remained strong in developing countries since this article was last updated in early 2016. So what exactly is it that makes some facilities prize low-field open MRI over closed MRI? We've found a few reasons we'll share here.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

    
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