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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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Maximizing Your Imaging Capital Budget in Q4

Posted by Kevin Scharer

Nov 3, 2020 4:10:00 PM

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The COVID-19 pandemic has derailed a lot of plans for many people in 2020, and those of us in the imaging field are no exception. Between facility shutdowns and limited ability to work with onsite contractors and engineers, many facilities may still have some room in their capital budget- a budget that they're hoping to protect for next year.

 

So, what can be done to protect that budget for 2021 and beyond? Can you still work toward a larger project with the resources you have this year? SPOILER ALERT: You can! Keep reading to see what you can do with your remaining capital budget late in the year that will not only preserve it, but also move you closer to your long-term imaging goals.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Cath Lab Installation Process: a Day-by-Day Walkthrough

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Sep 24, 2020 4:46:39 PM

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Installing any piece of medical equipment is a challenge, but few modalities match the highly-involved process of installing an interventional cath lab. Because there are so many steps, the process is the subject of many, many questions. So, during a recent install, we decided to document the process for all to see. While there are elements outside an installer's control, such as delivery conditions, the difficulty of electrical runs, or the hours the building is available to them, most floor-mounted cath lab installations take place along a schedule similar to the one below. Keep in mind that several additional days should be expected if your inbound system has a ceiling-mounted gantry.

Keep reading to see a pictorial, day-by-day walkthrough of a floor-mounted cath lab installation.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Project Management

X-Ray Machine Installation Prep: Getting Started

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 31, 2020 1:00:00 PM

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Any time your facility purchases X-ray equipment, there are some big, important steps that need to be taken before it gets installed. Some of these are necessary to get you compliant with regulations in your area, some are needed to ensure patient and tech safety, and others simply save you time, hassle, and money by making sure your X-ray room is ready to receive your new equipment as soon as it arrives.

Below, we'll help you learn what to expect from the X-ray compliance process, as well as from the room preparation process, namely which responsibilities are commonly held by an X-ray provider and which are likely to fall to you and your team.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-Ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

AIAT Information Explained for X-ray Equipment Installations

Posted by Trish Payne

Mar 6, 2020 4:30:00 PM

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If you've read somewhere, heard somewhere, or been told by someone that you need to get AIAT information for your medical imaging equipment, we're willing to bet your first response was, "Huh?" That's okay! You're certainly not alone (we get questions about it all the time) and you've come to the right place to have those initials decoded.

In the next few paragraphs, or in the video version (you TLDR types can just scroll down a bit), we'll give you the basics on AIAT: What it is, why you need it, and where you can get it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Imaging Equipment Project Management

C-Arm Training: What Are You Looking For?

Posted by Micah Plimpton

Dec 6, 2019 12:32:24 PM

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Recently, a facility whose C-arm project I was managing requested “additional training”. As the conversation continued, it became clear that they weren't certain of what kind of training they really wanted. This was not the first time I've had this conversation, and I doubt it will be the last. 

If you're reading this article, you are probably wondering about the training your team needs right now. Our suggestion: start by asking yourself and your team a few questions about your goals. The following are a few we've found helpful.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

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