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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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Compact All-in-One C-Arms: Pros, Cons, & Options

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 16, 2019 4:30:00 PM

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It's not news to anybody that space is money. The square footage at your center/clinic/practice comes at a price, so you try to use it as efficiently and effectively as you can. Because of this "economy of space", our team receives regular requests from users hoping to save space with a compact all-in-one C-arm; that is, a C-arm that eliminates the need for a monitor cart by mounting the monitor(s) on the C-arm itself.

The request makes perfect sense, and an all-in-one C-arm can definitely save you some space, but reaping the benefit of compact design comes with some trade-offs too. Let's break down the pros and cons of choosing an all-in-one C-arm and see what the options are.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Top Four MRI Scanner Service Problems and Solutions

Posted by Nicole Tervo

Jul 12, 2019 2:00:00 PM

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Perhaps you know what it's like when your MRI scanner is experiencing downtime; Your manager is foaming at the mouth, a line of grumpy patients is waiting at the front desk to reschedule, and that little vein that runs up the middle of your forehead is bulging like a bratwurst on the barbecue.

What can you do? Is all really lost?

Not at all! Some of the most common MRI-related problems are relatively simple to fix. So, take a deep breath (c’mon, deeper than that!) and let us blow away the MRI service blues with a knowledge bomb.

Below you’ll find four MRI service problems that have been reported to our Service Department time and again and ways to take care of them in as little time as possible.

Experiencing one of these problems right now? Click here to request MRI machine service.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Gadox vs. Cesium: DR Panel Comparison

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Jul 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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Inside every digital radiography (DR) detector panel is a layer of material called the scintillator. Right now, there are two main chemical compounds being used as scintillators in the manufacture of these panels: gadolinium oxysulfide (Gadox, for short) and cesium iodide (CsI).

Both of these materials are approved for use in diagnostic X-ray, and both of them are readily available in the DR marketplace. So, how does an imaging facility choose between a DR panel with Gadox and one with CsI?

The following are the most significant differences in purchasing and using a Gadox DR panel vs. a CsI panel.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

FDA 2579 Form: What Is It And Where Do I Get One?

Posted by Danny Fisher

Jul 11, 2019 9:38:00 AM

I get calls every week from people at imaging facilities saying in panicked voices, “My physicist is here and he is looking for some form that I am supposed to have; some kind of FDA Form?” Does this sound familiar to you? 

I 'm sure the mere presence of the initials “FDA” is the main reason there is a trace of panic in the person's voice, but the situation isn't as dire as it may seem. Don’t get me wrong, the FDA 2579 form is a very important form and definitely has to be filled out and kept on record. It is, however, very easy to obtain.

Let me answer the 2579 questions I get most often so that you can have the documentation you need, when you need it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, Imaging Equipment Project Management

1.5T MRI Machine Price Guide

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 10, 2019 4:06:00 PM

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The 1.5T scanner is the quintessential MRI machine. It's powerful enough to perform the vast majority of common MRI studies, readily available on the secondary market, and (relatively speaking) moderately priced- which is what you came here for, right? 

Well, before we dig in and tell you what you can expect to pay for a used 1.5T MRI machine, you should know that the price for an individual system will vary across a number of factors including availability, coils, software levels, channels, and gradient type. To account for these variables, we'll show you the full range of current average prices for each machine. 

Got your budget range? Click here to get a more detailed quote.

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Topics: MRI, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

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