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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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1.5T MRI Suite Size Requirements

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM

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Most people have more than a few questions right out of the gate as they consider an imaging project, especially when they're looking at an MRI scanner. When considered against all other modalities, MRI is one of the most involved in terms of logistical challenges, site planning, and technical knowledge. 

Part of being prepared for a project is about asking the right questions and fully understanding the answers.  One of these questions should be (scratch that, MUST be): “How big of a room do I need for my MRI suite?” Keep reading for some basic tips and pointers that will help you build more accurate expectations for your MRI scanner project.

Choosing the Best Contractor for Your Medical Facility Construction

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

The Best CT Scan Room Temperature and Humidity for Maximum Uptime

Posted by Tyler Schrauben

Jul 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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One of the topics our CT service customers seem most interested in is (no surprise) how they can maximize uptime for their scanner. There are several answers that contribute collectively to this, but we want to take the next few paragraphs to talk about one of the most important: scan room climate settings and environmental conditions.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

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

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