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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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4 Keys for Buying a Hologic 3D Tomo Mammography Unit

Posted by Jason Block

Aug 2, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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If you own a 2D mammography system, you’ve probably seen most of your competition step up to 3D. 3D systems have been proven better at detecting cancer- especially in dense and/or fatty breasts. More insurance providers have also come aboard with increased reimbursement for 3D studies. With these factors at play, the feasibility of justifying a 3D price tag seems more doable for more facilities.

Your next question might be, “Can I find a quality 3D system on the secondary market?” 6-12 months ago, the answer might have been, "Probably not." Today, however, there is a slow, steady supply of units coming onto the secondary market. We believe that purchasing a previously-owned Hologic Dimensions 3D Tomo unit can be one of the best mammography equipment values if the seller is reputable and the buyer is well-informed.

To help those of you who may be looking for a Dimensions 3D unit, know what to look for and what to expect, we'll share four tips that we've seen buyers apply for better equipment and smoother projects.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Mammography

Does My C-Arm Require Lead Shielding?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 1, 2018 10:39:00 AM

C-Arm Shielding

People frequently ask us what, if any, requirements have been set for X-ray shielding in rooms where C-arms are in use. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to the question.

Regulations for shielding during C-arm use vary across a number of factors, including site location, location of the C-arm within the site, and the type of usage the C-arm will see. Some states don't require any shielding at all, but have other requirements that must be met. Take Texas, for instance: a C-arm doesn't need to be shielded, but its dose must be monitored for a year after installation. Other states, like Ohio, require a physicist to visit your site and advise specific shielding measures for your individual building.

Because there are no across-the-board regulations for C-arm shielding, we put together a few "rule of thumb" recommendations for new C-arm owners in the short video below.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

3T MRI vs 1.5T MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 27, 2018 12:40:00 PM

3T MRI Vs 1.5T MRI

1.5 + 1.5 = 3, right? So a 3T MRI is twice as good as a 1.5T MRI, right?  As far as the field strength is concerned, sure. In the world of sales and marketing, absolutely. But from an imaging standpoint, a throughput standpoint, and a cashflow standpoint, maybe not. 

Before you spend up to twice the money for a 3T, we suggest you take a look at what it can do for you, and what it can’t. Read more below, or watch the video version of this blog at the foot of the page.

Have an MRI machine in mind already? Click here to tell us about your MRI project and get a custom quote.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Power Requirements for Hologic Selenia Digital Mammography

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Hologic Selenia Power Requirements

If your facility is preparing for its first Hologic Selenia digital mammography system, congratulations! Now, to begin screening patients as soon as possible, you'll need to make sure the room that will house your system meets the particular power requirements of the Selenia.


You can use the short video guide below to communicate with your electrical contractor about the power supply your room needs to run your Hologic Selenia mammography system. An electrical spec chart and a few recommendations for smooth installation are included.


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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management, Mammography

Genoray Zen 7000: C-Arm System Overview

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Jul 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Over the last seventeen years, Genoray has been developing and releasing increasingly sophisticated C-arm systems and gradually increasing their presence in the market. It's been a bold endeavor, considering the stiff competition from longer-standing C-arm manufacturers like OEC and Siemens, but as more recent iterations of their equipment begin to emerge on the secondary market, Genoray systems have shown our team and our customers that they are well worth considering alongside names you might be more familiar with.

To help inform you as you explore the options for your next C-arm solution, we've put together a brief video overview of the specifications, user experience, and overall value of Genoray's Zen 7000 C-arm. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

    
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