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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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End of Life Medical Imaging Equipment... What Does It Really Mean?

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Dec 11, 2018 3:22:00 PM

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“End of Life.” Sounds morbid, doesn’t it? But before you flood your mind with images of long black cars and gothic letters chiseled in granite, let me reassure you that we’ll only be discussing the phrase as it pertains to your medical imaging equipment.

“End of Life” (EOL) means that a product has reached the limits of its primary market viability and as a result, support is discontinued or limited. If you have a system that is EOL the OEM may find it difficult to help you in servicing/supporting the unit.   

We’ve seen the major OEMs assign EOL designation a number of times to reliable, workhorse systems that could keep scanning if parts and engineers were available to nurse them through their occasional hiccups. But, in light of the never-ending stream of new and improved technology, these products are left behind and OEM services are refocused on new and late-model equipment. 

This can be a serious sticking point for facilities struggling to make their way to that next imaging equipment upgrade. Fortunately, through years of working through EOL designations, we’ve learned some things things concerning EOL imaging equipment that can help facilities in this situation.

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

Toshiba Aquilion 16 Lease Price Guide

Posted by Paul Crawford

Dec 7, 2018 2:45:00 PM

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Upgrading, replacing, adding a scanner- whatever your reason for buying a 16-slice CT scanner, doing so outright isn't always an option. If it isn't an option for you right now, don't worry. The secondary market can help you manage your up-front equipment costs.

Beyond simply lowering starting costs, some lease plans build the cost of a year of service coverage into the final price and spread it across the full term of the lease. This provides a year of lower payments before having to use any of the funds normally set aside for equipment upkeep.

Below, find what you can expect your monthly payments to be to lease a Toshiba Aquilion 16 under our most common lease terms.

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Topics: Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost, CT Scanner

Mobile Imaging Setup: What to Expect

Posted by Mackenzie Dryer

Dec 6, 2018 3:45:00 PM

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A mobile imaging system is probably the biggest thing your imaging facility will ever have delivered; an entire semi trailer filled with several tons of equipment. Understandably, you might be unsure of what to expect when this huge thing shows up on your doorstep. To help ease any of that uncertainty, we want to help you understand what steps are included in delivery, setup, and training for your mobile rental.

The steps listed below are things that should happen shortly after after your mobile imaging rental arrives.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Rental

The Future of OEC 9800 Upgrades: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Dec 5, 2018 3:40:00 PM

OEC 9800 Detector Upgrade

The OEC 9800 is, without a doubt, the most popular C-arm of all time. It's a workhorse, parts and service are easy to find, and doctors and techs everywhere have a great deal of familiarity with using it. However, C-arm technology has changed quite a bit since the 9800's inception, leaving some users wishing they could keep what they love about their 9800 while taking advantage of some the advancements of the last few years- namely flat panel detectors.

For those users wishing their OEC 9800 had a flat panel digital detector, it looks like your moment has arrived! Upgrades for the 9800 are fresh out of FDA 510 k approval and we have the scoop on everything you need to know about them. Keep reading to find out the pros, cons, and costs of upgrading your OEC 9800 with a flat panel detector.

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Topics: C-Arm

How to Prepare Your Site for a Mobile CT Rental

Posted by Josh Block

Nov 30, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Mobile CT Site Prep

As you work with a provider to arrange your mobile CT rental, site readiness should (hopefully) be a significant part of your conversation. Getting a mobile system up and running on your grounds isn't a "plug-and-play" kind of proposition. There are a handful of things that need to be in place to accommodate the equipment that will be delivered to your doorstep.

If your provider hasn't answered all your questions about what a mobile-ready site looks like, we're here to clear things up with a short list of requirements. Take a look at the steps below to make sure you have the proper position, personnel, power, and more for a successful mobile CT hook up.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Rental, CT Scanner

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