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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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MRI Machine Cost and Price Guide

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 24, 2019 2:45:00 PM

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It's a question we get every single day: "How much does an MRI machine cost?" And for good reason: an MRI scanner is both a cornerstone and, often, the most costly modality in any imaging department.

To lend some clarity on the subject, the price list below breaks down current average cost and price information for popular MRI machine models from leading manufacturers like GE, Siemens, Hitachi, Philips, and Toshiba, If you're a more visual person, you can also see the list in video format.

Click here to see current MRI machine inventory and get a custom quote.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

Is a Helium Shortage a Good Time to Upgrade Your MRI?

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 21, 2019 12:29:13 PM

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The current shortage of liquid helium and the high prices that come with it might make right now seem like a time for MRI users to lay low, hunker down, grit their teeth, and prepare for a long slog through a turbulent market. But, market turbulence or not, the opposite could be true- depending on what type of MRI you use. Below, we'll share with you why now might be a good time to make a bold capital equipment move: upgrading to a more efficient MRI system.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

What Is Gemstone Spectral Imaging?

Posted by Brian von Gunten

May 14, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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If you keep your ear to the ground in the world of CT scanner technology, you've probably heard the name "Gemstone Spectral Imaging" (GSI) rolling around in conversations about the latest CT models from GE. You've probably also heard that GSI allows for better pictures of blood vessels, improved viewing of joint replacement, and more accurate diagnosis of numerous other health conditions1. But, while the name sounds impressive and all of those benefits are highly desirable, they don't go very far in explaining what GSI is and how it works.Today, we hope to clear those items up for you.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

GE VCT CT Scanner Review

Posted by Brian von Gunten

May 13, 2019 4:00:00 PM

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For years now, the GE Lightspeed 16 CT scanner has enjoyed widespread popularity in the medical imaging field and, in many ways, has been the standard of care in CT. The LS16 has been so reliable, in fact, that it continues to be a top seller on the used market.  

In spite of the LightSpeed's high level of quality, the pace at which CT technology advances means that many hospitals and imaging centers keep their eyes perpetually open for what the used market will bring next. To those facilities, we point out GE's VCT scanner platform as an affordable step forward in technology that comes with a comparable level of reliability. Keep reading to find more details on the VCT series.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

OEC Elite vs. OEC 9900 Elite

Posted by Devinn LoVette

May 8, 2019 4:15:00 PM

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In early 2016, GE released their newest line of OEC C-arms and unveiled their CFD system, the OEC Elite. Along with the new flat-panel system, OEC released an upgraded version of their tried-and-true II-based systems. 

The value of the CFD is well known, so the question then becomes, where does the new II-based OEC Elite system fit in? How does it compare to the previous II-based OEC 9900 Elite system that has been the standard in the industry? Below is a quick comparison of the two systems and where they find their place. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

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