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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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What Is an MRI Quench?

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jun 13, 2019 12:20:13 PM

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If you’ve been in an MRI facility, you've probably noticed a large red button in a conspicuous place. Did you feel the urge to press it? Did you wonder what would happen if you did? Maybe, but you'd NEVER actually press it – because you are not 7 years old, right? What you were looking at was, essentially, the MRI’s “Off” button. Turning an MRI off can be done in a couple different ways: one that's slower, easier on the machine, and a whole lot cheaper, but the big, red button is by far the more exciting. It even has a cool name: "quench". If you're unsure of what happens when an MRI quenches, this blog is for you!

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

What to Look for in a C-arm for HSG Procedures

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 12, 2019 3:37:34 PM

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Adding a C-arm for hysterosalpingography (HSG) procedures at your reproductive medicine practice can be daunting. The process raises many questions about the level of technology and support. On top of that are questions about recuperating cost, as many insurers do not cover HSG.

In the midst of these questions, as a provider of C-arm equipment for all specialties, we'd like to offer the following suggestions to help guide you in your decision.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

C-Arm Cost Price Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 11, 2019 12:20:00 PM

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When we talk to people about purchasing their next (or maybe first) C-arm system, the question of cost is generally one of the first to arise.

To help answer that question, see the video below for a simple breakdown of cost and price information for popular C-arm models from leading manufacturers, including:

  • OEC C-Arms
  • Siemens C-Arms
  • Philips C-Arms
  • Ziehm C-Arms

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

How Much Does a Mobile CT Rental Cost?

Posted by Zack Mitchell

Jun 10, 2019 10:31:00 AM

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Renovations, upgrades, increased volume, market changes- there are a lot of reasons why service with your primary, fixed CT scanner could be disrupted, or simply not enough. When circumstances like these arise, a mobile CT rental might be the best solution to keep your schedule and your goals intact while your other CT scanner projects are in progress.

Below, we'll share with you the main reasons folks contact us for mobile CT rentals, as well as what you can expect to pay on average to rent.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Rental, CT Scanner

How Much Helium Does an MRI Machine Use?

Posted by Josh Block

Jun 7, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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In recent years, helium has become more scarce and, therefore, expensive. Meanwhile, the race has been on among magnet manufacturers to dramatically reduce or even eliminate helium “burn” or “boil off” in an MRI. Fortunately, there have been a number of successes in that endeavor. But, just because the technology exists to bring helium consumption levels to all-time lows doesn't mean that most systems in the field today operate at that level. 

The following is a breakdown of typical helium loss rates among popular MRI models; some long-standing workhorses, others just beginning their years of service to patients in the field.

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Topics: MRI

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