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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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Siemens Cios Alpha vs. OEC 9900: C-Arm Comparison

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 15, 2020 10:00:00 AM

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Just a few years ago, Siemens launched their Cios C-arms, debuting new technology that made them a premium product line. Among the Cios units is the flagship, Cios Alpha. With its combination of features and functionality, the Alpha is a compelling package. Still, if you've been in the business for a while, you know that just because there's some new hotness on the market, doesn't mean it's time to kick an older, reliable workhorse to the curb.

So, when it comes to overall value, how does a relative newcomer like the SIemens Cios Alpha stack up against a household name like the OEC 9900? Keep reading to find out.

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Topics: C-Arm

CT Scanner Manufacturers and Models Guide

Posted by Paul Crawford

Sep 10, 2020 5:30:00 PM

Looking for your next CT solution?  Check out this simple visual guide to CT scanner manufacturers, models, and slice counts on the refurbished imaging equipment market to get started:

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

Bi-Plane Cath Labs vs Single-Plane Cath Labs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Sep 9, 2020 12:45:00 PM

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Bi Plane vs. Single Plane

 For those entering the cath lab market for the first time, there are scads of options on the table as you begin doing your homework and narrowing down the field. One of the major options you'll run across is whether you want a single or bi-plane cath lab system. To help you make that determination, we've compiled a short list of things you should know first.

Single and bi-plane cath labs differ from one another in several main ways:

  1. Image Acquisition Speed
  2. Specialization
  3. Space Requirements
  4. Site Preparation
  5. Cost
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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

X-Ray in Use Light: Prepping for Your X-Ray System Installation

Posted by Brian Townsend

Sep 3, 2020 10:45:00 AM

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In many areas, government regulations require a warning light outside radiological exam rooms to indicate when X-rays are being produced. Most often, these lights are behind a lens with the words "X-RAY IN USE" printed right on it. It's a safety precaution that helps eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure to anyone who may pass through an active X-ray area.

As an X-ray equipment provider, we get plenty of questions about X-ray in use lights. Today, we're going to bring some clarity on the topic with answers to the questions we get most often.

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Topics: X-Ray, Medical Imaging Compliance

X-Ray Machine Installation Prep: Getting Started

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 31, 2020 1:00:00 PM

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Any time your facility purchases X-ray equipment, there are some big, important steps that need to be taken before it gets installed. Some of these are necessary to get you compliant with regulations in your area, some are needed to ensure patient and tech safety, and others simply save you time, hassle, and money by making sure your X-ray room is ready to receive your new equipment as soon as it arrives.

Below, we'll help you learn what to expect from the X-ray compliance process, as well as from the room preparation process, namely which responsibilities are commonly held by an X-ray provider and which are likely to fall to you and your team.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-Ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

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