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 Your Guide to Medical Imaging Equipment

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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CT Tube Lifespan and Cost: MRC 600, MRC 800

Posted by Garth Immelman

Mar 27, 2020 12:45:00 PM

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When buyers choose a CT scanner, the cost of maintenance and service is often overshadowed by the importance of choosing the right features, options, and capabilities. However, the expense of replacing an X-ray tube every few years can affect a scanner's ROI almost as much as the "bells and whistles". 

CT scanners equipped with the MRC 600 or the MRC 800 can help users control this cost with less frequent and less expensive tube replacement pricing.

Let’s take a look at the typical life expectancy and replacement cost of both the MRC 600 and MRC 800 CT tubes below.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

How To Tell If Your CT Tube Is About To Fail

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Mar 16, 2020 11:15:00 AM

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Signs of CT Tube Failure

At the heart of every CT scanner is its X-ray tube. More so than any other component, keeping careful tabs on the functioning of the CT tube can mitigate the cost of owning and operating a CT system. Unfortunately, some people only start thinking about the remaining lifespan of their X-ray tube after the system has been installed and in use for several years. This can mean that some damage has already been done.

On the bright side, there are early warning signs that CT users can watch out for to identify when CT tube help is needed. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

How Much Does a CT Scanner Cost?

Posted by Paul Crawford

Feb 19, 2020 12:15:00 PM

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People ask our team daily, “How much does a CT scanner cost?” It's 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 CT scanner prices in 2020 into three simple tiers.

Have a model in mind? Click here to check out our inventory of CT scanners for sale.

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

GE Optima 580W Review

Posted by Josh Block

Dec 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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GE has been a leader in radiation oncology and wide-bore CT scanners for some time. This is due largely to the popularity of the LightSpeed RT 16. Although somewhat niche, its large bore accommodates oncology and bariatric needs.

Following the path blazed by the LightSpeed RT 16, the GE Optima 580W is the next-generation GE wide-bore CT. If a system for radiation oncology is on your capital equipment list, the following points will guide you through some of the distinct features that make the Optima 580W noteworthy.

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Topics: CT Scanner

Three Exciting Features of Siemens' new Somatom X.cite CT

Posted by Paul Crawford

Dec 20, 2019 12:18:24 PM

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The end of the year is always an exciting time in the medical imaging field, beginning with the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in early December, where many manufacturers unveil their newest technologies. A notable example from 2019 in the CT modality is Siemens' Somatom X.cite.

Based on what we've learned so far of this very new, cutting-edge system (FDA-approved just one month ago), here are three ways we think Siemens is pushing the envelope in CT.

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Topics: CT Scanner

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