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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

Stationary Anode vs. Rotating Anode: Two C-Arm Tube Types Compared

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jul 9, 2019 2:45:00 PM

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Inside every C-arm X-ray tube (and any other X-ray tube for that matter) there is a cathode and an anode. The cathode receives incoming electrical current from the machine's generator and emits a beam of electrons onto the anode, where we'll focus our attention today.

In the next few paragraphs, we’ll tell you the difference between rotating and fixed anodes and which kind of anode might be best for your facility.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

Which PACS Is Best for You?

Posted by Mackenzie Dryer

Jul 1, 2019 2:41:20 PM

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Whether you're just starting an imaging center or adding an X-ray system to an established facility, it's important to make a plan for storing your images on a PACS system, especially as it relates to HIPAA compliance. There are many considerations when deciding which type of PACS you’ll use, from study volume to the number of imaging systems in your facility, but not every PACS type addresses those considerations at the same level. 

To help you in your search for the best PACS for your facility, we've listed below a few different options that most PACS providers offer and some pros and cons of each.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

DEXA Body Composition Scanning: Missed Potential for Patients and Imaging Centers?

Posted by Jason Block

Jun 19, 2019 2:20:00 PM

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One of the main goals of the medical profession is to improve patient health in as many ways as possible with the equipment at hand. Sometimes though, it can be easy to overlook some of the potential applications of our equipment and, thereby, miss out on the potential benefits. One such case is using bone density scanners (aka dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry or, DEXA scanners) to measure body composition.

We won't say that nobody is using this tool, its use has actually been on the rise, but we will say that it is still, in many cases, an underused option on DEXA scanners that can help guide patients to healthier lifestyle decisions and imaging facilities to untapped value-adding opportunities. Below, we'll discuss why DEXA body comp is overlooked and which health professionals stand to gain the most by unlocking its potential.

Click here to tell us your DEXA needs and get a quote started.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Bone Densitometer

What to Look for in a C-arm for HSG Procedures

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 12, 2019 3:37:34 PM

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Adding a C-arm for hysterosalpingography (HSG) procedures at your reproductive medicine practice can be daunting. The process raises many questions about the level of technology and support. On top of that are questions about recuperating cost, as many insurers do not cover HSG.

In the midst of these questions, as a provider of C-arm equipment for all specialties, we'd like to offer the following suggestions to help guide you in your decision.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

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