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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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Digital Radiography Plate Drop Coverage: What You Need to Know

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Jul 15, 2020 11:15:00 AM

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You’ve bought an expensive, top of the line wireless DR panel (digital radiography). It’s only been out of the box for two days when your lead tech, who is used to working with inexpensive CR plates, drops it. Do you have DR panel drop coverage?

Okay, so the paragraph above is scary, right? Almost scary enough to second-guess an upgrade or certainly purchase insurance coverage. Costly object X is entered into catastrophic situation Y and a hypothetical lack of coverage leads to budget-crushing dollar amount Z in damages. The story may be hackneyed but, at its core, it relays the reason why any of us buy coverage for anything: in case of XYZ.

If you're on the road to DR panel ownership, drop coverage should at least be part of the conversation with your provider. Keep reading and we'll share more details you can use as you approach the subject of DR panel drop coverage.

Want even more protection for your DR panel? Click here to learn about protective DR panel carrying cases.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Service, X-Ray

What's the Latest in Siemens Cath Labs?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jul 2, 2020 1:05:43 PM

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We'll be honest- most of the conversations we have with buyers about cath lab equipment revolve around Philips and GE systems. There is, however, plenty of room to discuss systems from a third player in the market: Siemens. This is especially true in light of some of the compelling features Siemens has brought to their cath line with their current generation of equipment.

While Siemens labs are not as popular when it comes to reinstallation here in the US, they are still quality systems that merit consideration. With that in mind, here's an overview of the systems offered by Siemens in the time since the Artis Zee.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

Digital Cath Lab Comparison: Cardiac and Peripheral

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jun 3, 2020 2:45:00 PM

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Interventional cath labs are instrumental in diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases. Over the last decade or so, advances in digital cath lab imaging have brought greater image quality and lower radiation exposure than the modality has seen before. But choosing the right cath lab system for a given facility is not a one-size-fits-all decision, especially when procedures are as different in scope as cardiac studies and peripheral studies.

Fortunately, there are models available on the market to accommodate either end of the spectrum, with some systems even flexible enough to do a little of everything in between. This brief comparison will explore the field of view (FoV) of systems for the cardiac and peripheral specialties and give a few popular examples of each from leading manufacturers.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

The Best Values in Pain Management C-Arms

Posted by Chris Sharrock

May 27, 2020 4:33:39 PM

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When you're selecting the right C-arm for your pain management practice, "Bells and Whistles" is not the name of the game. The work is important in improving the lives of patients, but it doesn't really call for spending big money on the latest and greatest technology. On the other hand, it's also not worth it to settle for a system that's unreliable or under-powered. So, how can a pain facility find the best value in a pain management C-arm? Keep reading. We'll unpack the answer below.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

GE MRI Machines: Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Apr 17, 2020 3:15:00 PM

:: 5 minute read ::

GE 1.5T MRI Machine Comparison

Looking for a 1.5T GE MRI machine? Great! Now, which model do you choose? What makes the most sense for your MRI project, and your MRI budget?

By now, you’ve probably realized that making sense of the different models offered by each manufacturer can be a daunting task, and GE is certainly no exception. Let’s take a look under the hood and break down the most popular 1.5T GE MRI models, starting with the newest.

Have a model in mind already? Click here to browse our inventory of MRI machines. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

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