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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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Straton Z CT Tube Lifespan and Cost

Posted by Chad Seelye

Jan 25, 2018 1:45:00 PM

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When it comes to service and maintenance for a CT scanner, the most important item to keep tabs on is the tube. On any CT, the tube is a part that will need to be replaced periodically .Coincidentally, it's also one of the most expensive to replace.

If you're scanning with a Siemens Sensation 64, you're using Siemens' proprietary Straton Z tube. Below, we'll share with you the average lifespan, average replacement cost, and part number of the Straton Z CT tube.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

OEC 9800 Handswitch & Footswitch Troubleshooting Basics

Posted by Chad Seelye

Jan 18, 2018 3:20:00 PM

The X-ray handswitch and footswitch on your OEC 9800 are subject to a lot of wear and tear: being dropped, getting stomped on, having their cables run over. There's a pretty good chance that, over the lifetime of your C-arm, you'll have a malfunction from one or the other at least once.

Some of these problems can be diagnosed and repaired. Others, might simply require a total replacement. The video below will give you a brief overview of what proper functionality looks like, what some common problems with hand/footswitches are, and where you should look to find the causes of these problems.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

Hologic DEXA HV Tank Troubleshooting

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jan 5, 2018 3:00:27 PM

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Is your Hologic DEXA machine locking up, tripping breakers, or showing streaks and lines in your scanning field? If any of these problems are happening regularly at your facility, your system might have a failing high voltage (HV) tank. The high voltage tank is a major component of your DEXA system, and its failure can cause downtime in your patient schedule. Fortunately, these tanks are readily available on the secondary market and, with a few troubleshooting steps, you can determine if yours is suspect. We'll share below what you should look for to determine if your Hologic DEXA HV tank is on its way to failure.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Bone Densitometer, Medical Imaging Service Training

CT Tube Lifespan and Cost: MRC 600, MRC 800

Posted by Paul Crawford

Dec 28, 2017 9:25:00 AM

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If you own or are considering the purchase of an air-cooled CT scanner from Philips' Brilliance product line, you should know that the vast majority of these systems come equipped with an MRC 600 or an MRC 800 X-ray tube. In terms of the lifespan you can expect to see from these tubes, this is great news for you and the technicians who run/will run your Philips Brilliance on a day-to-day basis.

Below, we'll share with you the typical life expectancy and replacement cost of both the MRC 600 and MRC 800 CT tubes.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

Siemens Novation X-Ray Tube: Lifespan, Signs of Failure, Replacement

Posted by Chad Seelye

Dec 18, 2017 11:07:00 AM

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If you use a Siemens Mammomat Novation, there's a P40 MOW-100G tube inside it producing your X-rays and, like any X-ray tube, that P40 will require replacement periodically over the course of your system's life. If you've been in the field even a few years, this is a fact you're probably already be aware of.

As you continue to serve patients with your Novation, it'll be helpful for you to know how long you can expect your X-ray tube to last and what cost you can expect when the time comes to replace it. To that end, we'll share the details below based on the experiences of our engineering team and service customers, as well as current parts market pricing.

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Topics: Mammography, Imaging Equipment Parts

    
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