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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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Digital Radiography Plate Drop Coverage: What You Need to Know

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Jul 15, 2020 11:15:00 AM

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You’ve bought an expensive, top of the line wireless DR panel (digital radiography). It’s only been out of the box for two days when your lead tech, who is used to working with inexpensive CR plates, drops it. Do you have DR panel drop coverage?

Okay, so the paragraph above is scary, right? Almost scary enough to second-guess an upgrade or certainly purchase insurance coverage. Costly object X is entered into catastrophic situation Y and a hypothetical lack of coverage leads to budget-crushing dollar amount Z in damages. The story may be hackneyed but, at its core, it relays the reason why any of us buy coverage for anything: in case of XYZ.

If you're on the road to DR panel ownership, drop coverage should at least be part of the conversation with your provider. Keep reading and we'll share more details you can use as you approach the subject of DR panel drop coverage.

Want even more protection for your DR panel? Click here to learn about protective DR panel carrying cases.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Service, X-Ray

CT Signal Brushes and Power Brushes: When to Replace

Posted by Jordan Clark

Jun 26, 2020 2:26:40 PM

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Your CT scanner's signal brushes and power brushes play a critical role in the operation of your system. Over time, though, these brushes wear down and need to be replaced. But what does that look like? How do you know when it's time to retire your current brushes and order a fresh set?

This article will help you become aware of issues that point to worn brushes, when you should replace your brushes, and some important things to consider at the time of replacement.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

MRI Chiller Failure: Save Helium with a Water Bypass

Posted by Kelley Tomlinson

Jun 19, 2020 2:17:59 PM

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When your MRI scanner's chiller isn't working properly, watching your helium boil off can feel an awful lot like watching money burn. Fortunately, there's a way to slow down boil off and reduce your losses while you wait for HVAC service personnel to arrive and resuscitate your chiller: a city water bypass.

A city water bypass (CWB), also known as a city water changeover or simply city water backup, allows you to temporarily cool your MRI with water from your local municipal lines. Keep reading for more details on this valuable MRI rescue tool.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Correcting CT Scanner Artifacts: Streak Artifacts

Posted by LaToya Beasley

Jun 16, 2020 4:00:00 PM

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Generally, images produced by CT scanners are accurate representations of the scanned object. The technology is a mainstay in the imaging stables of most hospitals. In spite of this, CT is commonly susceptible to a number of image anomalies1, including streak artifacts.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, CT Scanner

Low mA Error on Your OEC 9800 or 9900 C-Arm? It Could Be These Parts...

Posted by Alyssa Birchmeier

May 29, 2020 3:13:56 PM

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So, you're seeing the ambiguous "low mA" error on your OEC C-arm? This particular error is tricky because there are so many things that can cause it. The good news is, there are lots of field service engineers who are familiar with OEC systems, and there are plenty of replacement parts available too.

While we don't recommend you try to resolve this error yourself, we want to help you know what kind of costs you can expect when the time comes to replace parts, and direct you to where you can find help to clear the low mA error from your C-arm and get the parts you need.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

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