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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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4 Keys for Buying a Hologic Dimensions 3D Tomo Mammography Unit

Posted by Jason Block

Oct 7, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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If you own a 2D mammography system, you’ve probably seen many of your competitors step up to 3D mammography. 3D systems have been proven better at detecting cancer- especially in dense and/or fatty breasts. More insurance providers have also come aboard with increased reimbursement for 3D studies. With these factors at play, the feasibility of justifying a 3D price tag seems more doable than in the past.

Your next question might be, “Can I find a quality 3D system on the secondary market?” 12 months ago, the answer might have been, "Probably not". Today, however, there is a slow, steady supply of units coming onto the secondary market and parts availability has increased. As a result, third-party parts and service providers are now able to support extended service agreements.

We believe that purchasing a pre-owned Hologic DImensions 3D Tomo unit can make tremendous cents (pun intended) if the seller is reputable and the buyer is well-informed. To help those of you who may be looking for a Dimensions 3D unit know what to look for and what to expect, we'll share four tips that we've seen buyers apply for better equipment and smoother projects.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Mammography

7 Questions to Ask Before Buying Refurbished Medical Equipment

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Sep 24, 2019 1:15:00 PM

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Anyone considering the purchase of refurbished imaging equipment has saving money in mind. After all, getting more done with the same (or lower) budget is more important than ever. The secondary equipment market is the perfect place to achieve those goals, but beyond simply paying less, it's important to look for overall value and real cost-effectiveness. To that end, we'd like to share some tools that can help you find the refurbishment provider who will best fit your needs.

The following are seven questions you can ask a refurbishment provider to better understand what you can expect from their quality and the experience of working with them. After you check out the questions, stick around and download them for your reference in our handy PDF checklist resource.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Valuations, Imaging Equipment Solutions, Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Financing, Imaging Equipment Project Management

What's The Best Cath Lab for Veterinary Use?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Sep 11, 2019 12:30:00 PM

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Not long ago most types of imaging equipment were reserved for humans. If a scan was to be performed on a family pet, an X-ray was about as far as most veterinarians would go. Now, with an increasing number of animal owners willing to spend whatever it takes to get their pets the best care, more and more vet facilities have integrated full-on radiology departments into their practice.

We recently partnered with a vet center on a cath lab installation, which turned out to be just one in a full stable of systems running in their facility. Ultrasound, X-ray, C-arm, CT, MRI, nuclear camera, and even a linear accelerator, are all installed and scanning patients on a regular basis.

With interest like this on the rise, "What's the best cath lab for veterinary use?" has become a regular question for our team. In the next few paragraphs, we'll share our take on the question and give you a few considerations to keep in mind as you shop for your veterinary cath lab system.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

4 Problems When Choosing a Refurbished Equipment Vendor

Posted by Josh Block

Sep 6, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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The medical imaging equipment marketplace is home to a variety of vendors that offer a range of products and services at several levels. In fact, the opportunity to find someone/something that fits your needs precisely is one of the market's strengths. But when it comes to a turnkey experience- complete and efficient support from project start to project finish- not all vendors are equipped to execute well.

The video below shows four problems imaging equipment buyers sometimes face when they enter the refurbished market and what you can look for in a vendor to avoid them.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a DEXA Bone Density Machine?

Posted by Jason Block

Aug 27, 2019 10:09:00 AM

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There is no doubt that DEXA bone densitometry has a significant impact on the diagnosis of osteoporosis and the management of osteoporosis care. Still, a challenge remains in finding ways to balance the clinical and economic utility of the modality as reimbursements continue to hover in the basement.

For those looking to serve patients by adding or upgrading a current bone density system, leasing is an option that can help strike the aforementioned balance by spreading the capital cost of DEXA equipment across 36, 48, or even 60 months.  

The average monthly lease rates outlined in the chart below include refurbished GE and Hologic DEXA bone density systems. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Bone Densitometer

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