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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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Mini C-Arms vs Full-Size C-Arms

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 11, 2019 3:15:00 PM

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“Should I be shopping for a full-size C-arm or a mini C-arm?” It’s no surprise that this question comes up almost daily. With most technologies, smaller is better. Bluetooth streaming from cellphones has replaced bulky, multi-disc CD changers and tablets have taken the home computer down to the size of a manila envelope. On top of the convenience, space is money. So why not try to save every square foot you can?

This logic makes perfect sense, but only under the right circumstances. In the area of C-arm technology, it’s important to remember that there are some limitations that come with the reduction in size the mini C-arm offers. Here is a quick look at what a mini C-arm can and can't do: 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

The Best CT Scanner for Low-Volume Facilities

Posted by Paul Crawford

Nov 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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There’s a lot of talk about “patient volume” and “system throughput” in the CT scanner world, and rightfully so. After all, the kind of efficiency these terms refer to improves patient service, physician workflow, and the financial bottom line of a practice. But, most of the talk revolves around high-volume facilities. What if your patient schedule isn’t exactly bursting at the seams? What if you only plan to do a handful of scans a day? Which CT scanner is the best for low-volume facilities?

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Philips Panorama 1.0T HFO Review

Posted by Steve Rentz

Nov 2, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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For customers in search of an Open MRI, the Philips Panorama 1.0T HFO (High Field Open) is likely to show up on the list of systems for your consideration. There are a few things that make the Philips Panorama a unique option, so we thought we'd highlight some of the pros and cons of this popular open MRI.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Cath Lab vs. C-Arm in Office-Based Labs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Oct 31, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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Whether you have an existing office-based lab (OBL), or you are looking to start a new one, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is which imaging equipment your physicians will use. There's a lot to consider, not the least of which is whether you'll be best served by a cath lab or by a C-arm.

To help you in making that decision, we compare the two modalities below to highlight their separate strengths and provide some insight on what kind(s) of work each is better suited for.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, C-Arm

GE Innova 4100 vs Philips FD20 Interventional Lab Comparison

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Oct 21, 2019 3:45:00 PM

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If you're researching interventional labs, you'll see almost immediately: two of the hottest contenders on the market are the GE Innova 4100 and the Philips Allura FD20. The next question becomes something like: "Which of these is better for my facility?" That's an excellent question and one that can only be answered by weighing your facility's situation against the pros and cons of these two labs. That's where a good, old-fashioned comparison article like this comes in!

We'll kick off this comparison by saying that both of these models are high-quality systems that excel in a number of areas. The points below will highlight their separate strengths to lend some clarity to the choice between the two.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

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