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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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What Happens During a Cath Lab Inspection?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jan 13, 2020 12:45:00 PM

Cath Lab Inspection

People refer to interventional equipment inspections frequently in our industry but seldom identify what a thorough inspection looks like. To pull back the curtain on the process, we’ve compiled the major steps our engineering team takes when they conduct an inspection of a cath lab. There are quite a number of other steps in our 4-5 hour process as well but, in the essence of time, we’ll focus on the larger elements.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Valuations, Selling Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Choosing the Best X-Ray Equipment

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Jan 10, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Bringing a new (or new to you) X-ray system into an imaging facility can be an overwhelming project, especially if it's your first time. To give those of you who might be wondering a nudge in the right direction, we're going to cover some top considerations to help you choose the very best X-ray equipment for you.

We'll cover functionality, patient volume levels, and placement by clinical specialty. And when you're done here, we recommend you hop over to our X-Ray Equipment Price Guide to learn what you can expect when budgeting for your X-ray system.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-Ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

GE IGS 5 Cath Labs vs. IGS 7 Cath Labs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jan 3, 2020 2:44:18 PM

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In early 2012, GE reinvigorated their cath lab product line by replacing the long-running Innova X100 series (2100,3100,4100) with the new Innova IGS 5 (520,530,540) series. Later that same year, GE unveiled their new IGS 7 (730,740) series cath labs featuring the new Advanced Guided Vehicle, or AGV, positioner gantry.

While the IGS 5 and IGS 7 series have a lot in common when it comes to tubes, detectors, chillers, and computers, there are a couple of major differences that set the two apart from one another. Today, we're going to break those differences down.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

Questions to Ask BEFORE You Buy a Cath Lab

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 23, 2019 1:30:00 PM

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Searching for the perfect cath lab? It’s a lot more work than you thought, huh? Some people love the hunt, the chance to see what the imaging equipment jungle has to offer and to snare the system that best balances utility and economy for their site. Others: not so much. It can be incredibly difficult to hunt when you have no idea what prey you’re after.

Fortunately, we can help you narrow your search and get you stalking the best game for your imaging AND budgetary needs. We know you’ll have plenty of questions for us along the way, but the best place for cath lab hunters to start their journey is by answering the following questions for themselves.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

How to Tell if a GE Innova Is an IQ System

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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The “IQ” suffix on some systems in the GE Innova line of cath labs has caused some confusion over the years. Having an IQ could mean more, or different, table-side controls, a touchscreen interface, and improved PACS integration. However, we've talked to a lot of people wondering exactly which Innova version they have and whether or not they can enjoy the advantages of the IQ platform.

We decided it was time to record the answers and put the question to rest once and for all. Here are some tips you can use to identify whether or not your Innova cath lab system is actually an Innova IQ.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

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