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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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CT Scanner Table Weight Capacities Compared

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 28, 2020 4:00:00 PM

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CT Table Weight Limits

What is the maximum weight capacity for my CT table? We get this question, or some form of it, nearly every day from doctors, technologists, and administrators alike. The short answer is, “It depends on the model.”

Even the lowest-capacity CT table will probably be enough for 99 out of 100 patients, but for certain specialties, and for that 1%, it's important to make sure that you look into models that can perform the intended scans on every scheduled patient that walks through your door. Forgetting about a tiny, yet crucial, detail (like whether or not your patient can actually be scanned with your CT) can cost your center time and money that don't need to be lost.

To help you avoid problems, we've listed many of today’s most popular CTs and their respective table load capacities below. If you don’t see your model in the list, please contact us and let us help get you the answer.

Got your CT table weight? Great! Click here to take the next step and get a quote on your CT scanner model of choice.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

Which CT Scanner Is the Best Value?

Posted by Paul Crawford

Aug 27, 2020 12:30:00 PM

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You’ve been there: the head of radiology insists that the new 1024-slice CT is the technology you need, while the CFO is leaning toward keeping the “old faithful” single-slice from 1992. Okay, maybe this is a slight exaggeration, but what really is the practical choice? Which CT offers the best value, balancing initial purchase price and ongoing service costs with function and image quality? Unfortunately, this is not a question with a “one size fits all” answer. Not every facility has the same patient volume, the same specialty, or the same budgetary flexibility. Depending on your intended/predicted usage, the following are several CT scanners we've found strike the balance well for the majority of applications and specialties in the field.

Have a model in mind? Click here to browse our inventory!

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Topics: CT Scanner

4 Reasons Why 16-Slice CT Is a Good Fit for Critical Access Hospitals

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Aug 26, 2020 2:14:07 PM

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Upgrading imaging equipment can be a challenging topic to broach in the critical access hospital (CAH) space. The buying needs of a CAH look different than those of a metro area hospital or a standalone clinic. They must be savvy. They buy to fill a critical need, not just because their lease is up. The balance they strike between clinical capability and moderate patient volume is delicate. So, when we suggest a CAH upgrade from their tried-and-true 4-slice scanner to a 16-slice scanner, they need a little more than a simple assurance that more slices is better.

Below, we'll share four reasons why we believe an upgrade to a 16-slice scanner is a good fit (not just a reason to spend more) for a critical access hospital right now.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

GE Optima CT Scanners: An Overview

Posted by Paul Crawford

Aug 20, 2020 9:30:00 AM

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GE is nothing if not consistent when it comes to naming conventions. First it was Hispeeds and Lightspeeds, then Discoveries, and now: Optimas. There are Optima X-ray systems, Optima MRI scanners, and Optima CTs. I'm not even sure what else, but my kitchen is due for an upgrade and an Optima refrigerator sounds pretty cutting edge. Other Optima modalities aside though, this article is intended to clarify the various types of Optima CT.

Below, we'll share a brief overview of the four members of the GE Optima CT scanner family, including slice count, tube type, ASiR availability, and special features. If you prefer a more visual approach, scroll to the bottom to see the video version of this blog.

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Topics: CT Scanner

CT Signal Brushes and Power Brushes: When to Replace

Posted by Jordan Clark

Jun 26, 2020 2:26:40 PM

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Your CT scanner's signal brushes and power brushes play a critical role in the operation of your system. Over time, though, these brushes wear down and need to be replaced. But what does that look like? How do you know when it's time to retire your current brushes and order a fresh set?

This article will help you become aware of issues that point to worn brushes, when you should replace your brushes, and some important things to consider at the time of replacement.

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

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