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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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GE CT DARC and DARC 2: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Garth Immelman

Jan 2, 2019 3:06:00 PM

Your GE CT's data and reconstruction computer (DARC) is a crucial component of its reconstruction chain. The DARC gathers the high speed data stream from the detector's data acquisition system (DAS) cards through a DAS interface processor (DIP) and stores and transfers it for reconstruction in the image generator (IG) computers that reconstruct images from the data. Your DARC also handles the voice/audio controls to the gantry via an external box on the left side of console, and the scan control interface module (SCIM) – the control pad the operator uses to initiate scanning. Long story short: no DARC = no pictures.

Below, we'll share with you the vital statistics of owning a DARC so that you can know what to expect from this component and be better prepared to minimize downtime in the event of a DARC failure.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

End of Life Medical Imaging Equipment... What Does It Really Mean?

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Dec 11, 2018 3:22:00 PM

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“End of Life.” Sounds morbid, doesn’t it? But before you flood your mind with images of long black cars and gothic letters chiseled in granite, let me reassure you that we’ll only be discussing the phrase as it pertains to your medical imaging equipment.

“End of Life” (EOL) means that a product has reached the limits of its primary market viability and as a result, support is discontinued or limited. If you have a system that is EOL the OEM may find it difficult to help you in servicing/supporting the unit.   

We’ve seen the major OEMs assign EOL designation a number of times to reliable, workhorse systems that could keep scanning if parts and engineers were available to nurse them through their occasional hiccups. But, in light of the never-ending stream of new and improved technology, these products are left behind and OEM services are refocused on new and late-model equipment. 

This can be a serious sticking point for facilities struggling to make their way to that next imaging equipment upgrade. Fortunately, through years of working through EOL designations, we’ve learned some things things concerning EOL imaging equipment that can help facilities in this situation.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

How To Tell If Your CT Tube Is About To Fail

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Oct 25, 2018 1:27:00 PM

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

Reloaded X-ray Tubes vs. Reprocessed X-ray Tubes

Posted by Chad Seelye

Aug 29, 2018 2:10:00 PM

Reloaded vs reprocessed X-Ray Tubes

Have you ever had someone try selling you refurbished X-Ray or CT tubes? Do you know what the phrase “refurbished tube” means? Your guess is as good as mine, because the idea of “refurbishing” a tube doesn't make a whole lot of sense. A CT tube (or X-ray tube) that is not brand new can only fall into one of three categories: used, reprocessed, or reloaded. Depending on the work done (if any), each category has its own trade-off of cost for projected lifespan.

In the video below, we'll break down those three categories to help you understand the processes that are really applied to used X-ray and CT tubes and what they mean for tube longevity. A text version is included as well for your convenience.


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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray

Top Four Part Failures for GE 1.5T MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 20, 2018 1:45:00 PM

GE 1.5T Common Parts Failures

GE 1.5T MRI scanners are among the most popular systems in the world. They're reliable, easy to service, and when maintained properly, produce high-quality images. Still, like any frequently-used machine, they are subject to wear and tear and eventual parts failure.

If you're new to GE 1.5T ownership or considering a purchase, the following are some of the most common parts failures reported to our service team. Keep them in mind to help you and your team stay ahead of equipment downtime.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

    
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