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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 Paul Crawford

Dec 28, 2017 9:25:00 AM

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If you own or are considering the purchase of an air-cooled CT scanner from Philips' Brilliance product line, you should know that the vast majority of these systems come equipped with an MRC 600 or an MRC 800 X-ray tube. In terms of the lifespan you can expect to see from these tubes, this is great news for you and the technicians who run/will run your Philips Brilliance on a day-to-day basis.

Below, we'll share with you the typical life expectancy and replacement cost of both the MRC 600 and MRC 800 CT tubes.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

Siemens Definition Series CT Scanners Compared

Posted by Paul Crawford

Dec 8, 2017 2:31:21 PM

For the last 15 + years Siemens' Sensation series was their flagship CT scanner product. It came in 4, 10, 16, and 64-slice iterations and kept the company in step technologically with their peers. Now, however, Siemens has done away with the Sensation series and replaced it with the Definition series.  

While it's wonderful to see a reliable manufacturer continue to push their tech and their performance forward, the rise of a newer product line frequently means a whole new set of naming conventions and feature configurations for those of us who sell, serve, purchase, and use it to learn. Because there are more details packed into the name of each Definition series scanner than there ever was with the Sensation series, we're going to take the next few paragraphs to clarify what makes each Definition scanner different from the other members of its family.

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Topics: CT Scanner

CT Tube Lifespan: Dura 202 and Dura 422

Posted by Chad Seelye

Nov 27, 2017 10:37:00 AM

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.

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

Toshiba CXB-750D/4A Tubes: Cost, Lifespan, Reloading

Posted by Vikki Dipple

Nov 2, 2017 10:17:00 AM

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The heart of your CT scanner is its X-ray tube- a part that, by necessity, requires replacement periodically. That's why there's no time like the present to learn more about your CT X-ray tube and what you can expect from it in terms of lifespan, replacement cost, and the possibility of giving it a second chance through repair and reloading.

In the case of the Toshiba Aquilion series, especially those that see use for cardiac applications, there's a good chance the tube in question is a CXB-750D/4A. We've talked with our CT Engineering and Parts Teams and compiled the details so that you can be better prepared for your next tube investment.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

How to Sell Your CT Scanner

Posted by Richard Hummel

Oct 3, 2017 1:55:58 PM

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Of all the modalities in the diagnostic imaging arena, CT has undergone, perhaps, the most extensive transformation and adaptation since its emergence in hospitals and clinics in the 1970's. Doubling, quadrupling, even octupling slice counts, declining radiation doses, reconstruction algorithms that increase image detail- the list goes on. More recently, we’ve seen remarkable breakthroughs in wide area detector technology which have greatly enhanced clinicians' ability to image the entire heart and brain in a single rotation. These advancements in technology have rapidly shortened the time to diagnose acute onset of strokes, and early signs of cardiac disease. If you find yourself preparing to upgrade your standard CT technology to this type of advanced platform, here are a few keys to selling your existing system to help offset the cost and clear the way.

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

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