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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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System Support Modules for GE MRI: Cost, Lifespan, Signs of Failure

Posted by Beka Waldron

Apr 16, 2020 3:31:42 PM

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If your facility uses an MRI scanner, you know by now that there are a number of parts failures that can bring your scanning schedule to a screeching halt. GE's HDx and HDxt systems are no exception. One of these key parts in the HDx series is the SSM, or system support module (part number 2160200-43).

To help prepare you for this possibility (dare we say, eventuality), we're going to share what users can expect from their SSM in terms of lifespan and signs of failure. We'll also share how much it costs right now to replace an SSM when it does fail.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

CT Tube Lifespan and Cost: MRC 600, MRC 800

Posted by Garth Immelman

Mar 27, 2020 12:45:00 PM

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When buyers choose a CT scanner, the cost of maintenance and service is often overshadowed by the importance of choosing the right features, options, and capabilities. However, the expense of replacing an X-ray tube every few years can affect a scanner's ROI almost as much as the "bells and whistles". 

CT scanners equipped with the MRC 600 or the MRC 800 can help users control this cost with less frequent and less expensive tube replacement pricing.

Let’s take a look at the typical life expectancy and replacement cost of both the MRC 600 and MRC 800 CT tubes below.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

MRI Cold Heads 101

Posted by Block Imaging

Mar 23, 2020 3:00:00 PM

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MRI Coldhead Basics

If you're new to the world of MRI, there's a learning curve that can take a good chunk of time to master. Safety, maintenance, cryogens, parts- each of these areas has its own set of particulars and minding each of them will help you run your system and serve your patients more efficiently.

We first published this article in 2015 to help new MRI users become better acquainted with a part that's crucial to monitor for better scanner performance and lower maintenance costs: the cold head. Years later, this is advice is as valuable as ever. Keep reading to learn what a cold head does, how long it lasts, how much it costs, and some service tips to keep it in good condition.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

Why You Need a UPS for Your Imaging Equipment

Posted by Alyssa Birchmeier

Mar 19, 2020 1:30:00 PM

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Have you ever typed up a project only to lose power in the middle of it and realize you didn't click "save"? Or been watching the newest episode of The Bachelor, right before he gives away the final rose, and your lights go out and you miss the shocking ending?

We have all had situations like these in our normal, everyday life, but how about at your imaging facility? The repercussions of this happening with your medical equipment can lead to much more severe consequences. The good news is, you can limit your risk of major damage just by adding a UPS. Keep reading to learn how a UPS works, and how it helps.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts

How To Tell If Your CT Tube Is About To Fail

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Mar 16, 2020 11:15:00 AM

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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

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