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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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The Four Best CT Scanners for Veterinarians

Posted by Paul Crawford

May 7, 2019 3:27:49 PM

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Veterinarians have unique needs, and I don’t just mean an outdoor, fenced-in bathroom for patients. Vets care deeply for animals, and imaging equipment can be as critical to their work as it is to the work of doctors serving human patients. Unlike doctors for humans, however, vets can’t count on insurance or government reimbursement. They must think more economically about their equipment, especially “big metal” systems like MRI and CT. That's why we've compiled four CT scanners we recommend every vet consider as they shop in the CT market.

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Topics: CT Scanner

The 3 Most Difficult CT Scanners to Service

Posted by Paul Crawford

Apr 30, 2019 10:44:58 AM

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We often talk about the ease of finding engineering and third-party parts support for GE CT scanners like the Lightspeed, Brightspeed, and VCT. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we've also discussed the “premium”, late-model scanners that just haven’t hit the market with enough consistency (like the Siemens Definition Force or GE Revolution EVO) to make third-party service and parts viable for a few more years. On that latter end of the spectrum, there are also some systems that, unless something big changes soon, are unlikely to ever come out from under the yoke of OEM service. 

If you're hoping to purchase a CT and save on service and parts by working with an independent service organization (ISO) and third-party parts suppliers, the following are three systems you may want to avoid. Please note that none of these remarks are a commentary on the quality of a system, but rather the access owners have to parts and affordable support for it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, CT Scanner

CT Tube Lifespan: Dura 202 and Dura 422

Posted by Chad Seelye

Apr 29, 2019 10:15:00 AM

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As you learn what to expect from your CT scanner in terms of parts and service costs, one of the most important things you can know is the average lifespan for your X-ray tube model. On any CT, the tube is a part that will need to be replaced periodically and is also one of the most expensive to replace. The sooner you plan for this expense, the better you'll be able to approach the replacement process.

If you're scanning with a Siemens Emotion CT from 1-16 slices, you're using one of two types of Dura CT tubes. Below, we'll share with you the average lifespan, average replacement cost, and part numbers of the Dura 202 and Dura 422 CT tubes.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

CT Scanner Service Cost Price Info

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Apr 25, 2019 10:43:00 AM

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If you’ve recently purchased a CT scanner or are in the market for one, you’re probably beginning to research how much service for your new equipment will cost. We're here to help by revealing some average numbers you’re likely to find as you shop around in the 2018-2019 market (see the table at the end). 

Before we do though, we want to explain some of the factors that are considered when service contract quotes are being built. This is important because where your individual CT scanner fits in these criteria will, to a large degree, determine its service price.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, CT Scanner

How Much Does a CT Scanner Cost?

Posted by Paul Crawford

Apr 24, 2019 12:15:00 PM

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People ask our team daily, “How much does a CT scanner cost?” That's kind of a broad question as there are many factors at play- a little like asking how much a home costs. A pop-up camper isn’t going to cost you much (you may even be able to pull one off my neighbor’s front lawn for free) but that Tudor mansion is going to put a far larger dent in your pocketbook.

We want to help you get some clarity and get the CT scanner you need for the right price. To that end, consider the four questions below to start narrowing the options down by need and by preference. Then, stick around for the video clip where we'll break down current CT scanner costs into four simple tiers.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost, CT Scanner

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