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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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Advantages of Phased Array MRI Coils

Posted by Jordan Clark

May 28, 2020 2:45:00 PM

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Just as the technology of our modern times makes so many day-to-day tasks easier and more efficient, so do the advantages of phased array MRI coils. Remember when you had to get up to turn off the light? BAM: The Clapper! How much time did you spend rewinding VHS movies? BOOM: DVDs! Longing for a better MRI user experience?BANG: phased array coils!

To help you better understand what this technology does and how it helps, we're going to answer three common questions our team receives about phased array MRI coils and the advantages they bring to MRI scanning.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

How to Extend the Life of Your GE CT Tube

Posted by Nicole Tervo

May 21, 2020 9:30:00 AM

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If you own or use a GE CT scanner you already know tubes aren't cheap, and they don't last forever. This reality leads to very logical questions like, "How long will my tube last?" and "How can I make my tube last longer?" We've already discussed the answer to the first question for a number of GE tube types in other blogs (see links at the bottom). Here, we want to focus on that second question. Keep reading to find out what you can do to help the tube in your GE CT scanner live its best, and longest, life.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

How to Measure CT Tube Usage: 3 Methods Compared

Posted by Jason Lees

May 13, 2020 2:30:00 PM

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Selling, inspecting, buying, servicing- there are a number of reasons to access the X-ray tube usage information on a CT scanner. Coincidentally, there are also a number of ways to measure that usage. Below, we’ll discuss three CT tube usage metrics you’re likely to run across and exactly what they mean for the tube in question.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts

MX165 Tubes for GE CT: Compatability, Cost, Lifespan

Posted by Jordan Clark

May 8, 2020 12:55:21 PM

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Doing your homework on your next CT scanner? Digging up replacement parts for your current system? In either case it pays to know what you should expect when it comes to using, buying, and replacing your CT scanner tube. For those of you looking into GE systems from the BrightSpeed Select series, the tube you'll need to learn about is the MX165, AKA Solarix 350. There are several versions, so keep reading to find out about compatibility, how long you can expect your MX165 tube to last, and how much you can expect to pay when the time comes to replace it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

Replacing Your OEC 9800 and 9900 Cables

Posted by Andy Jarvis

Apr 23, 2020 2:15:00 PM

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The HV and interconnect cables on your OEC 9800 or 9900 are the arteries of the system, the essential pathways that carry power and control commands to the system and images to the workstation. Over the lifespan of your C-arm, which can be considerable with proper maintenance, these cables may require replacement from time to time.

To help you prepare for the day when your cables become worse for wear, we're going to share with you what to look for to know your cables are failing, our take on replacing your cables with used ones vs. new, and how much you can expect to pay to replace them.

If you know your cables are already failing and need to order replacements now, call out Parts Hotline at 1-877-621-2887

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

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