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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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Cone Beam CT vs. Traditional CT

Posted by Paul Crawford

Jul 23, 2019 11:35:00 AM

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When you think of CT scanners, you usually think of the GE Lightspeed, the Philips Brilliance, the Siemens Sensation, or the Toshiba Aquilion. You think 4-slice, 16-slice, or 64-slice. You think of large machines taking up an entire room and scanning patients from head to toe as they lie on a table.

Now, however, CT is much more than that. We're going to break down the differences in technology and applications between the CT scanners you generally think of and the more specialized cone beam CT (CBCT).

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Topics: CT Scanner

Closed MRI vs. Open MRI vs. Wide-Bore MRI

Posted by Jeremy Block

Jul 22, 2019 3:10:00 PM

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I've been in the MRI machine business for quite some time; discussing their attributes, comparing and contrasting, and poring over spec sheets, but I'd never interacted with one as a patient until a few years ago. I took a serious spill off my bicycle and needed to be checked for head and neck injuries. The experience left me with a new appreciation for some of the options MRI manufacturers have developed. Specifically: closed, open, and wide MRI bores.

Keep reading for a breakdown of the pros and cons of these MRI styles as they relate to magnet strength and patient comfort.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI

How to Recover Siemens CT From 'Fatal Error in Reconstruction System'

Posted by Keith Rumley

Jul 19, 2019 3:15:00 PM

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If you use a Siemens CT scanner there's a chance you have seen, or may see in the future, an error message that reads, "Fatal Error in Image Reconstruction System". Of course, anything with the word "fatal" in it raises a sense of catastrophe, but often when it comes to Siemens CT, this error is not as severe as it may sound.

We'll show you two ways you can clear the "Fatal Error in Image Reconstruction System" from your Siemens CT scanner and get your facility back up and running.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

What Is "Unistrut" & Why Does My Medical Facility Need It?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jul 19, 2019 11:16:00 AM

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If your facility is going to have medical imaging equipment installed, and that equipment has any ceiling-mounted components- you're probably going to see the word "Unistrut" somewhere among the plans for your project. You may already have it. You may have to have a contractor install it. In either case, you're going to need it.

In the following passages, we'll give you the scoop on what Unistrut is, why it's so important, and how it needs to be handled to ensure that you and your equipment come out with successful installation of an imaging system that's ready to serve.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management

What Is "Time of Flight" PET Scanning?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Jul 18, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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As with all modalities of imaging equipment, PET scanning is gradually moving in the direction of greater and greater diagnostic accuracy. For PET in particular, the biggest step in that direction of the last decade has been the development and proliferation of time of flight technology.

For those who may be using PET systems older than ten years, or newer systems without the time of flight option enabled, there are benefits to time of flight you'll want to explore as the time to upgrade your equipment draws nearer. For those who may be only just entering the PET arena, there are a number of reasons why a time of flight-equipped system should be at the top of your list of considerations. Wherever you may fall on the PET user spectrum, we'll share below more details about what time of flight features actually do and what they mean for PET users and patients alike.

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Topics: PET/CT, PET Scanners

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