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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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How to Measure CT Tube Usage: 3 Methods Compared

Posted by Jason Lees

May 13, 2020 2:30:00 PM

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Selling, inspecting, buying, servicing- there are a number of reasons to access the X-ray tube usage information on a CT scanner. Coincidentally, there are also a number of ways to measure that usage. Below, we’ll discuss three CT tube usage metrics you’re likely to run across and exactly what they mean for the tube in question.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts

Veterinary MRI Machines: 3 Reasons to Consider One for Your Practice

Posted by Kevin Scharer

May 12, 2020 4:45:00 PM

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If you've searched this topic, then you probably already know: Demand for MRI scans for veterinary diagnosis has never been higher, and it's only going up. And we don't mean just for large animals, or exotic animals, or purebred show animals that represent significant sums of money. More and more, veterinary customers are asking for high-level imaging of the family dog or kitty cat.

Still, even with demand rising, an MRI machine is a significant capital investment. So, how is a veterinarian to know when they should take the leap and make an MRI purchase? Below, we share three indicators for veterinarians that it might be worth their while to bring an MRI machine into their practice.

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Topics: MRI

MRI Service Cost Price Info

Posted by Chris Kinnas

May 8, 2020 4:30:00 PM

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An important piece of research for any imaging equipment project is finding your options for service and building a budget forecast for your system's ongoing upkeep. As the title of this article suggests, we'll be focusing on the latter. Before we get into the average price ranges on the market, we'll walk you through the factors that often play a hand in determining the actual amount a prospective service provider quotes a customer. Knowing more about these will help you manage your expectations as well as simplify your conversations with providers.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

MX165 Tubes for GE CT: Compatability, Cost, Lifespan

Posted by Jordan Clark

May 8, 2020 12:55:21 PM

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Doing your homework on your next CT scanner? Digging up replacement parts for your current system? In either case it pays to know what you should expect when it comes to using, buying, and replacing your CT scanner tube. For those of you looking into GE systems from the BrightSpeed Select series, the tube you'll need to learn about is the MX165, AKA Solarix 350. There are several versions, so keep reading to find out about compatibility, how long you can expect your MX165 tube to last, and how much you can expect to pay when the time comes to replace it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

MRI Helium Refills and Boil-off Rates: The Top Six Magnets

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 6, 2020 4:15:00 PM

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Anyone considering the purchase of an MRI machine should know that a healthy cooling system is essential to the maintenance and performance of their magnet. This means, among other things, keeping an eye on your helium level and getting refills at the proper time. Unfortunately, because there are so many different types of magnets in use today, and each of them experiences helium loss (AKA, boil-off) at a different rate, there is no one-size-fits-all prescription for when this needs to happen.

To help those of you comparing magnets and those of you looking to keep your existing magnet healthy, we've compiled helium boil-off rates and average refill costs for the top six magnets on the secondary market. These are the magnet types we see most often as a provider of used/refurbished MRI machines. Also included are a few pointers on refill rates and recommendations.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

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