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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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What's the Difference Between GE Innova IQ and IQ Plus Cath Labs?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jul 24, 2020 1:15:00 PM

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There's no debating it: from the II-based days of the Advantx to the digital transition first embodied in the Innova 2000, the GE line of cath labs has enjoyed an incredible run of success over the years. Much of this success is due to GE's understanding of the tension for users between being grounded in what's familiar and adapting to what's coming down the pike.

The mainstays of the line of labs have included the table and gantry – designs that, at their core, go back at least to the early 90’s and still remain today, with the remaining components adapting around them as technological advancements grow.

The advancement that we want to focus on today is the move from the Innova IQ, to the IQ Plus naming structure. There is often confusion about what exactly was involved in this transition. This blog will break down the differences between GE Innova IQ and Innova IQ Plus cath labs.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

GE MRI Coil Connectors: How to Know What You Have & What You Need

Posted by Jeff Scott

Jul 23, 2020 11:00:00 AM

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If you've used a GE MRI scanner for even a few months you've undoubtedly changed coils, disconnecting one and connecting another, over and over again. You've probably done it so many times it's become second nature. But, have you ever stopped to note what kinds of connectors your coils have? If not, it might surprise you to learn that there's a not-so-obvious, but extremely practical reason for knowing the difference between the various types of connectors GE MRI uses. 

We'll share with you below the four types of GE MRI coil connectors, which systems you'll find them on, and why it's important to know what you have.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a GE Essential with Senoclaire 3D Tomo?

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 21, 2020 4:00:00 PM

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There's never been a better time for breast cancer screening providers to consider upgrading to 3D tomo mammography. Early adopters of 3D tomo have been leveraging the technology to get greater accuracy and fewer unnecessary callbacks for several years. On top of the accuracy gains, most insurance payers now cover 3D tomo reimbursement rates.

It seems like the cost of 3D tomo equipment is the only barrier to entry that's still hanging around, but there's good news on that front too. If you're looking to get into 3D tomo mammography on a shoe-string budget, there's an option that can get you started for a more manageable rate. For your consideration: try leasing a GE Essential 3D Tomo unit with Senoclaire.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Financing, Mammography

Digital Radiography Plate Drop Coverage: What You Need to Know

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Jul 15, 2020 11:15:00 AM

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You’ve bought an expensive, top of the line wireless DR panel (digital radiography). It’s only been out of the box for two days when your lead tech, who is used to working with inexpensive CR plates, drops it. Do you have DR panel drop coverage?

Okay, so the paragraph above is scary, right? Almost scary enough to second-guess an upgrade or certainly purchase insurance coverage. Costly object X is entered into catastrophic situation Y and a hypothetical lack of coverage leads to budget-crushing dollar amount Z in damages. The story may be hackneyed but, at its core, it relays the reason why any of us buy coverage for anything: in case of XYZ.

If you're on the road to DR panel ownership, drop coverage should at least be part of the conversation with your provider. Keep reading and we'll share more details you can use as you approach the subject of DR panel drop coverage.

Want even more protection for your DR panel? Click here to learn about protective DR panel carrying cases.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Service, X-Ray

C-Arm Size Comparison Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 14, 2020 9:45:00 AM

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After you've made some C-arm decisions about image intensifier size, software packages, generator power, and price, you may also need to consider how much C-arm your facility (and your team) can handle, that is- what C-arm footprint is best for the room you have and the maneuverability you need?

Below is a visual comparison of ten models of full size C-arms in their standard configurations. The systems include larger C-arms like the Siemens Avantic and the OEC 9800 and more compact models like the Philips Pulsera and the Siemens Compact L.

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Topics: C-Arm

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