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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 Scanner Table Weight Capacities Compared

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 21, 2018 9:26:00 AM

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.”

We'll admit that 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 all that, 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

Questions to Ask BEFORE You Buy a Used CT Scanner

Posted by Paul Crawford

Jun 25, 2018 12:46:00 PM

ask before you buy CT

Have you ever heard the famous song lyrics, “My mama told me, ‘You’d better shop around’”? That’s good advice, but what if you walked into the nearest mall with no clue what you were intending to buy? You could end up walking in circles long enough to triple the stock on bunion pads. Not knowing what you’re after before you hit the market can be a marathon exercise in time-wasting.

With so many manufacturers, models, software packages, and price points, it’s important to figure out what you really need BEFORE you start shopping seriously in the used CT scanner market.

Below are some questions you should ask your doctors and imaging techs. Having these answered in advance will help narrow the field and target your search for the right CT scanner more productively.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Buying Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

Why GE Lightspeed, Brightspeed, and Optima CT?

Posted by Paul Crawford

Jun 21, 2018 4:35:00 PM

Why GE CT Header

When it comes to CT scanner systems, no other manufacturer has enjoyed the same multi-generational success and popularity as GE. Their Lightspeed, Brightspeed, and Optima scanners have an exceptionally wide install base in hospitals and clinics all over the world. All this success begs the questions: Why do so many imaging facilities choose GE CT?


In the video clip below, we'll share three big reasons why GE CT scanners are more common in hospitals and clinics than scanners from any other manufacturer.


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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Buying Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

CT Scanner Service Cost Price Info

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Jun 4, 2018 10:15:00 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.

Need a CT scanner service quote now? Click here.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, CT Scanner

Do I Need a Short, Medium, or Long Table for My GE VCT 32 or 64 CT?

Posted by Paul Crawford

May 3, 2018 3:04:00 PM

VCT_Table_Sizes

This is a common question for us and, generally, we begin our answer with a little clarification: The VCT 32 and VCT 64 only come with two table sizes, medium or long. Much of the confusion comes from casual references to "short" tables (by which the speaker actually means the medium table) and also GE's decision to designate one of them as "medium", which implies to the layperson that there is a third "short" size.

Interestingly enough, the medium table is technically the standard table for the VCT series, with the long table being optional. Even so, in the secondary marketplace we come across long tables much more frequently than medium. Because of this peculiarity, and because table length can make a difference in your facility's clinical capabilities, we're going to share with you why your VCT table length matters, and how you can tell which one you're looking at - without getting out your tape measure.

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Topics: CT Scanner

    
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