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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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MX240 CT Tube Lifespan and Cost

Posted by Jordan Clark

Mar 12, 2019 2:58:54 PM

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Researching your next CT or PET/CT? Scouting out parts for a system you're already using? In either case, knowing what to expect from the X-ray tube in your equipment is valuable information that will serve you multiple times over across the life of your system. For those of you looking into GE systems from the Lightspeed Pro, VCT, RT, and Xtra series, as well as parts of the Discovery series, the tube you'll need to learn about is the MX240; AKA Performix Pro VCT100, Hercules, or Reevo 240. Below, we'll share how long you can expect your MX240 tube to last, and what cost you can expect when the time comes to replace it. 

Systems Using the MX240:

LightSpeed Pro16 LightSpeed VCT XT
LightSpeed Pro32 LightSpeed Xtra
LightSpeed VCT Select Discovery PET/CT690
LightSpeed RT16 Discovery VCT
LightSpeed VCT Discovery RX VCT
LightSpeed VCT XTe Discovery NM/CT570c
                                        

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

Ordering OEC 9800 and 9900 Interconnect Cables

Posted by Beka Waldron

Mar 1, 2019 4:05:15 PM

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It's no secret that the OEC 9800 and 9900 C-arms are very similar systems. We've already discussed the overlap in functionality and features they share, but there's another level of overlap that is helpful for users of either model to know about: replacement parts.

Today, we're going to tell you all about sharing interconnect cables between the OEC 9800 and the OEC 9900. Keep reading to find part numbers, average pricing, and the one simple step that lets you safely use the 9800 cable on the 9900 system.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

MX200 CT Tube Lifespan and Cost

Posted by Jordan Clark

Feb 26, 2019 9:30:00 AM

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Whether you're researching your next CT or scouting out parts for one you already own, knowing what to expect from your scanner's tube is valuable information that is likely to serve you several times over across the life of your equipment. For those of you looking into GE systems from the HiSpeed, Brightspeed, Lightspeed, and Discovery series, the tube you'll need to learn about is the MX200; AKA Performix Ultra or DA200. Keep reading to find how long you can expect your MX200 tube to last, and how much you can expect to pay when the time comes to replace it.

Systems Using the MX200:

BrightSpeed Edge Discovery ST
BrightSpeed Elite Discovery STE
BrightSpeed Excel HiSpeed QX/i
Discovery LS LightSpeed16
Discovery NM/CT670 LightSpeed Plus
Discovery PET/CT600 LightSpeed Ultra
Discovery RX  
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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

Image Intensifier Lifespan and Signs of Failure

Posted by Jordan Graham

Jan 31, 2019 2:30:00 PM

If you use fluoroscopy equipment like a C-arm, an R/F room, or an analog cath/angio lab you've got an image intensifier (II) that will one day need to be replaced. Most IIs have years of useful life in them, but it is not at all uncommon for a fluoroscopy system to go through at least a few IIs over the course of its life.

Because of the eventual failure of image intensifiers, we polled our service engineering team to find a few ways users can prolong the life of their II as well as some ways they'll be able to tell that an II failure is on the way. Keep reading to learn how you can help keep your II around longer as well as how you can know when to plan for a replacement.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

GE CT DARC and DARC 2: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Jordan Clark

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.

Need a DARC or other GE CT part now? Click here to request and see pricing.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

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