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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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OEC 9800 vs. Siemens Arcadis Varic

Posted by Tim Richard

May 19, 2016 3:30:00 PM

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While many C-arms are versatile across a variety of applications, shopping for the best system is still not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Depending on what your budget and specialty are, the refurbished market has a number of systems to offer.

Among the refurbished makes and models you'll find are the Siemens Arcadis Varic and the OEC 9800. While the models certainly have some overlap in functionality, there are areas where each shines in contrast to the other.

To help you know the pros and cons as you shop for your next C-arm, view the clip below to see how the 9800 and the Arcadis Varic stack up in terms of:

• Generator power

• Rotating vs. stationary X-ray tubes

• System size

• Cost

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Benefits of C-Arms for Swallow Studies

Posted by Tim Richard

Feb 18, 2016 11:46:10 AM

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Traditionally, studies for dysphagia, aspiration, esophageal modality disorders, and other suspected swallowing disorders have been performed on R/F rooms in a hospital setting. Now, some practitioners are finding advantages to performing these studies using C-arms. The following are just a few of the diagnostic scenarios where a C-arm could be the fluoroscopy tool of choice.

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Topics: C-Arm, X-Ray

Advantages of Wireless DR Panels for R/F Rooms

Posted by Tim Richard

Jul 9, 2015 4:46:00 PM

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We've had a lot to say in recent months about the benefits of upgrading analog rad rooms to digital rad rooms with wireless DR panels. We've talked about saving money, time, and space. We've talked about improving images and serving patients better. What we haven't talked about, is using DR panels to upgrade R/F rooms. As anyone with one of these systems knows, half of any R/F room is a rad room and, in most cases, these rad rooms are analog. This means that they are perfectly suited to going digital with a wireless panel.

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Topics: X-Ray

Why Upgrade Your R/F Room?

Posted by Tim Richard

Aug 15, 2014 3:36:45 PM

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We see it all the time- a facility puts off shopping for their next R/F room until the current system is on its very last leg, or worse, already failing. Reimbursement rates being what they are, coupled with the technological leaps in other imaging modalities over the last 15 years, this procrastination is somewhat understandable. For some facilities, it can seem like the only reason to replace their R/F room is to placate their accreditation organization.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-Ray

What to Expect During an R/F Room Removal

Posted by Tim Richard

Jul 23, 2014 11:10:33 AM

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Eventually, it will happen at every hospital: The R/F room will come to the end of its long, reliable life and need to be replaced. But, before you'll be able to get the new system in, Ol' Faithful is going to have to come out.

Removing an R/F room is a big job with a lot of steps and moving parts but, with the help of an experienced imaging equipment team, it can be done safely, efficiently, and relatively quickly. Whether this process is years away or in your near future, it will help to know what you're in store for. 

Below you'll read the process of a general R/F room removal. You'll also read a few tips for things that you will need to do. Some jobs present their own unique challenges but, generally, these projects go as follows:

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Topics: X-Ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

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