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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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Philips MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 31, 2019 2:29:00 PM

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If you're in the market for an MRI machine, chances are you'll see three big manufacturer names out front- Philips is definitely one of them (along with GE and Siemens).

Philips 1.5T MRI machines come in 4 main varieties that each shine in different areas. We've compiled a review of each 1.5T Philips scanner below to highlight some of those differences and strengths and help you along the way to choosing the best MRI for your facility's needs.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

1.5T MRI Gradient Slew Rates Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 26, 2019 2:25:00 PM

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Thumping along at peak levels of 113 dB (just a couple ticks below a rock concert), MRI gradients are often unnerving and sometimes frightening. If you've ever wondered what it is inside an MRI scanner that makes the loud noise they are known for- gradients are the culprit.

Gradients are actually smaller magnets inside the main MRI magnet. Their job is to modify the magnetic field in the area being scanned so the system can “listen” for the resonance and create an image. It's difficult work to modify a magnetic field strong enough to lift a car (really), so the coils in these smaller magnets move and stress, literally vibrating. These vibrations are the source of the sound.

In spite of being noisy, they drive MRI value on the secondary market and they come in many varieties. That being said, let's dig a bit deeper so you can:

  1. Be better informed when you are selling your used MRI on the secondary market
  2. Compare gradients across manufacturers when buying a 1.5T MRI

Already have an MRI model in mind? Click here to get a system quote!

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI

Who Makes the Best 3D C-Arm?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 25, 2019 3:30:00 PM

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There are a lot of factors to consider when looking for the best C-arm for you. Software platforms, tube power, footprint, service availability, and cost all come into play. But when it comes to finding the very best 3D C-arm, one factor trumps them all: How well does the C-arm capture and render 3D anatomical images?

We dug into what kind of design allows for capturing the most accurate 3D images with the least amount of patient repositioning and the lowest dose. Read on to see the results and learn who makes the best 3D C-arm.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Closed MRI vs. Open MRI vs. Wide-Bore MRI

Posted by Jeremy Block

Jul 22, 2019 3:10:00 PM

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I've been in the MRI machine business for quite some time; discussing their attributes, comparing and contrasting, and poring over spec sheets, but I'd never interacted with one as a patient until a few years ago. I took a serious spill off my bicycle and needed to be checked for head and neck injuries. The experience left me with a new appreciation for some of the options MRI manufacturers have developed. Specifically: closed, open, and wide MRI bores.

Keep reading for a breakdown of the pros and cons of these MRI styles as they relate to magnet strength and patient comfort.

Need pricing details on open MRI machines vs. closed MRI? Click here to request a comparison quote.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI

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

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