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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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C-Arm Training: What Are You Looking For?

Posted by Micah Plimpton

Dec 6, 2019 12:32:24 PM

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Recently, a facility whose C-arm project I was managing requested “additional training”. As the conversation continued, it became clear that they weren't certain of what kind of training they really wanted. This was not the first time I've had this conversation, and I doubt it will be the last. 

If you're reading this article, you are probably wondering about the training your team needs right now. Our suggestion: start by asking yourself and your team a few questions about your goals. The following are a few we've found helpful.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

How Much Does a Refurbished OEC 9900 Cost?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 14, 2019 3:17:00 PM

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Only a few years ago, OEC 9900 C-arms were still relatively rare on the secondary market. As the model has matured, however, the availability of pre-owned 9900s has increased significantly. This increase has prompted a shift in cost that moves the 9900 into a pricing bracket that's accessible to a much wider range of facilities. If you've considered the OEC 9900 in the past and found it to be outside your budget constraints, you should know that the landscape has changed.

We consulted our resident C-arm expert, Chris Sharrock about what kind of savings buyers can expect to find when they come across OEC 9900s on the refurbished market. He replied with this:

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Topics: C-Arm, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Mini C-Arms vs Full-Size C-Arms

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 11, 2019 3:15:00 PM

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“Should I be shopping for a full-size C-arm or a mini C-arm?” It’s no surprise that this question comes up almost daily. With most technologies, smaller is better. Bluetooth streaming from cellphones has replaced bulky, multi-disc CD changers and tablets have taken the home computer down to the size of a manila envelope. On top of the convenience, space is money. So why not try to save every square foot you can?

This logic makes perfect sense, but only under the right circumstances. In the area of C-arm technology, it’s important to remember that there are some limitations that come with the reduction in size the mini C-arm offers. Here is a quick look at what a mini C-arm can and can't do: 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Cath Lab vs. C-Arm in Office-Based Labs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Oct 31, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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Whether you have an existing office-based lab (OBL), or you are looking to start a new one, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is which imaging equipment your physicians will use. There's a lot to consider, not the least of which is whether you'll be best served by a cath lab or by a C-arm.

To help you in making that decision, we compare the two modalities below to highlight their separate strengths and provide some insight on what kind(s) of work each is better suited for.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, C-Arm

OEC 9900: How to Use Your Extra Monitor Options

Posted by Gary Dodge

Oct 25, 2019 11:00:00 AM

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The OEC 9900 already offers a high degree of viewing flexibility for your operating room with its articulating monitor boom arm. If, however, you find yourself looking for even more ways to have your image where you want it- when you want it, there is a simple option to add more monitors to display both your real-time fluoroscopy image and your review images.

With just a few items (some of which you may already have) that are widely available from many electronics suppliers, you can get this done and improve your workspace at relatively minimal cost. Take a look at the simple steps listed below to learn how you can easily expand the display on your 9900 C-arm.

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Topics: C-Arm

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