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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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OEC Image Intensifier Power Supplies: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Garth Immelman

May 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM

OEC-II-Power-Supply

The image intensifier (II) is a core part of most OEC C-arms (with the exception of only the newest FPD model). If you are an OEC user, then you're familiar with how essential the II is. Just as important as the II is to the overall C-arm, is the II's power supply to it's function. The II power supply provides the II with the power it needs to amplify the light signal produced by the X-ray conversion process. It also modulates the intensity of this power to balance the sizing, focus, and edge focus of each of the II’s magnification modes. 

It's a common assumption that when you purchase an II it comes with a power supply. This is not true- the II power supply is its own FRU (field replacement unit) part and needs to be purchased separately. Because this part is so important to the II, we’ve provided some stats to help you know what to expect when replacing your OEC image intensifier power supply.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

Knocking Sound from Your GE CT Scanner? Check Your Encoder Wheel!

Posted by Beka Waldron

May 23, 2019 11:20:00 AM

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So, you're running your GE CT and you start hearing a rattle, a jitter, or a knock. It never made that sound before, and you're pretty sure it shouldn't make that sound at all. Why is it doing that?

With so many moving parts, there are a few things that can create a similar sound inside the gantry of a GE CT scanner, however, one of the most common for is the axial encoder. Keep reading to learn what you should do to solve the problem.

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

GE XR/d and Senographe 2000D Workstations: Cost, Signs of Failure, and Replacement Info

Posted by Samantha Binder

May 17, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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When GE developed their Senographe 2000D mammography system and their XR/d X-ray room, they partnered with Silicon Valley's Sun Microsystems (acquired in 2010 by Oracle) to provide workstations for both machines. The particular workstation in both of these cases was the Sun Ultra 10.

The Ultra 10 is a reliable platform but, just like any computer slogging through the day-in/day-out of a crowded patient schedule, there comes a point where a replacement will be necessary. 

Below, we'll break down the different types of Ultra 10 workstations, what causes them to fail, and the solution when you experience workstation failure on your 2000D or XR/d.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray, Mammography

What Does RoHS Mean for Imaging Parts Compliance?

Posted by Jordan Clark

May 16, 2019 4:15:00 PM

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Maybe you've seen it on equipment tags, or in manuals, or on some of the components you've ordered, but even if you haven't seen it, RoHS (often pronounced "row-haas") is probably already a part of your life. Below, we'll share what RoHS is and how it changes the experience of buying medical imaging equipment parts.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Medical Imaging Compliance

Lunar DEXA Bone Densitometer Tube Price Cost Guide

Posted by Aly Boggs-Smitley

May 10, 2019 11:38:56 AM

Lunar-DEXA-Tube-Price-Guide

If your DEXA bone densitometer's X-ray tube is failing, guess what? You don’t have to pay an arm and leg to replace it. Many people think that tube failure means placing a call to the OEM and spending top dollar for a brand-new replacement. This is simply not the case. There are plenty of other, more affordable options at you fingertips.

Below you'll find current average prices for X-ray tubes from the most popular Lunar DEXA systems. Pricing for new, refurbished, and used tubes is included. Please note- these prices (even the OEM's) all assume you'll return your existing tube as an exchange when the replacement arrives.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Bone Densitometer

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