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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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Which PET/CT Scanner Is the Best Value?

Posted by Josh Nunez

May 5, 2020 5:15:00 PM

:: 3 minute read ::

As a potential PET/CT system buyer, perhaps you’ve been here: the head of radiology insists that a new 256-slice PET/CT is the technology you need, while the CFO is leaning toward keeping the “old faithful” 2 or 4-slice from 2001. Okay, maybe this is a slight exaggeration, but it does illustrate the core dilemma: Which PET/CT offers the best value, balancing purchase price and ongoing costs with function and image quality?

Unfortunately, this is not a question with a one-size-fits-all answer. Not every facility has the same patient volume, the same specialty, or the same budgetary flexibility. Depending on your intended/predicted usage, the following are several refurbished PET/CT scanners we've found that strike the balance between cost and function well for the majority of applications and specialties in the field.

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Topics: PET/CT

What Is the Best Portable X-Ray for COVID-19 Screening?

Posted by Devinn LoVette

May 1, 2020 3:30:00 PM

:: 2 minute read ::

While we hope that the peak of this unprecedented outbreak is behind us, it's clear that the presence of COVID-19 will still be felt in our healthcare systems for the foreseeable future. During that time, imaging needs in some areas will continue to be high as new cases are admitted and recovering patients receive follow-up.

If your facility is in temporary need of additional X-ray capacity, you probably already know that a portable X-ray system is a good choice to fill that need. What you may not know is which of the many models available will be the best clinical fit and best overall value for you. To help in that search, we'd like to share a short break down of where and how these units shine.

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Topics: X-Ray, Imaging Equipment Rental

MRI Service Contracts: What’s Not Included?

Posted by Alyssa Birchmeier

Apr 30, 2020 2:15:00 PM

:: 4 minute read ::

If you own an MRI machine or are in the market for one, you know the investment is huge, the equipment itself is complex, and the stakes are high for your cash flow and patient schedule when things go wrong. It's for these reasons that most owners opt to have a service contract to minimize their financial risks. But, not all service contracts cover the same areas of upkeep and repair. One provider's "boilerplate" agreement might be another's top-of-the-line coverage.

To help those of you who might be seeking out your next MRI service solution, we're going to share some common, but negotiable, MRI contract exclusions you're likely to find from providers on the MRI service market.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

What Is the Best Price for Quality Mammo Equipment Service?

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Apr 28, 2020 3:00:00 PM

:: 2 minute read ::


Mammography screening is the first, and best line of defense in detecting breast cancer early. This is why having a maintenance and repair plan in place for your mammography equipment is so important. When you have a plan, your facility can keep equipment downtime to a minimum, keep reimbursements, and reduce costs on replacement parts.

We've compiled average pricing in 2020 for one year of our most inclusive mammo service coverage plan, compared to the cost of similar coverage from the major mammography manufacturers. We've also broken down a few of the key factors that will be a part of determining your individual price, so you can know what to expect from independent service organizations as you plan and shop for your mammography machine's future maintenance and repair.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Mammography

Why Would I Choose a GE Innova Cath Lab?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Apr 24, 2020 4:15:00 PM

:: 2 minute read ::

As a provider of cath lab systems, we are frequently asked to offer guidance on which system a facility should choose to install. As we've mentioned in other blogs, this decision most often comes down to labs from GE or Philips. Both manufacturers build high-quality systems and, depending on which features/aspects are most important to you, either could serve you well. In this article, however, we're going to focus on the unique strengths of GE Innova products. This series includes the Innova 2100IQ, 3100IQ, 4100IQ single-plane systems and 2121IQ and 3131IQ bi-plane systems.

That said, If I were considering purchasing a cath lab today, I would look at a GE Innova system for the following reasons:

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Topics: Cath/Angio

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