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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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What Happens During a Cath Lab Inspection?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jan 13, 2020 12:45:00 PM

Cath Lab Inspection

People refer to interventional equipment inspections frequently in our industry but seldom identify what a thorough inspection looks like. To pull back the curtain on the process, we’ve compiled the major steps our engineering team takes when they conduct an inspection of a cath lab. There are quite a number of other steps in our 4-5 hour process as well but, in the essence of time, we’ll focus on the larger elements.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Valuations, Selling Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Cath Lab Parts & Service Costs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jan 9, 2020 12:00:00 AM

As you do the technical and functional homework on your next cath lab purchasing decision, at some point, you’re more than likely to ask, “How much will this equipment cost me in ongoing maintenance?” That’s a good question to ask, since every cath lab needs preventative maintenance (PM) and, eventually, repairs and component replacements. To that end, we’re ready to offer a good answer at a couple different levels of risk tolerance. 

Read below to get ballpark costs for maintaining your cath lab on either a time and materials basis, or under a comprehensive coverage contract.

Have a cath lab model in mind? Browse our current inventory of cath labs and get a quote!

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts

GE IGS 5 Cath Labs vs. IGS 7 Cath Labs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jan 3, 2020 2:44:18 PM

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In early 2012, GE reinvigorated their cath lab product line by replacing the long-running Innova X100 series (2100,3100,4100) with the new Innova IGS 5 (520,530,540) series. Later that same year, GE unveiled their new IGS 7 (730,740) series cath labs featuring the new Advanced Guided Vehicle, or AGV, positioner gantry.

While the IGS 5 and IGS 7 series have a lot in common when it comes to tubes, detectors, chillers, and computers, there are a couple of major differences that set the two apart from one another. Today, we're going to break those differences down.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

Questions to Ask BEFORE You Buy a Cath Lab

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 23, 2019 1:30:00 PM

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Searching for the perfect cath lab? It’s a lot more work than you thought, huh? Some people love the hunt, the chance to see what the imaging equipment jungle has to offer and to snare the system that best balances utility and economy for their site. Others: not so much. It can be incredibly difficult to hunt when you have no idea what prey you’re after.

Fortunately, we can help you narrow your search and get you stalking the best game for your imaging AND budgetary needs. We know you’ll have plenty of questions for us along the way, but the best place for cath lab hunters to start their journey is by answering the following questions for themselves.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Why I Would Never Own a Digital Cath Lab Without a Service Contract

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 19, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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We've all stood in the checkout line at Best Buy before. Maybe you've just bought a new HDTV- you're excited to go home, mount it on the wall, and fire up Star Wars in 4K, when the cashier asks the question, "Do you want to pay an additional $99 to extend the 3-year warranty?"

Thinking back through my history as a TV owner and how many times I've actually needed to have one repaired, I calculate the risk in an instant and politely decline. Then I go about my life, happy with my decision and comfortable with the low-probability risk I've just taken.

This is my approach to warranties with many products, but my perspective has changed over my years of selling digital cath/angio labs. Relative to this equipment, the risk can be very high, and the warranties can bring so much more value to the table. Check out the examples below to see what I mean and learn what you could save with the right service investment,

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts

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