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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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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

How to Prepare Your MRI for an Incoming Storm

Posted by Alyssa Birchmeier

Feb 5, 2020 1:00:00 PM

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Is your area prone to rough weather? Tornadoes? Hurricanes? Frequent thunderstorms? Your MRI may have made it through in the past, but now you want to protect this large, expensive piece of equipment from the harsh, unpredictable elements. Or maybe the weather service is predicting the worst storm season in years. Either way, we have some solutions that could help you add extra layers of protection for your equipment.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Cath Lab Parts & Service Costs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jan 9, 2020 12:00:00 AM

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As you do the technical and functional homework on your next cath lab purchasing decision, at some point, you’re more than likely to ask, “How much will this equipment cost me in ongoing maintenance?” That’s a good question to ask, since every cath lab needs preventative maintenance (PM) and, eventually, repairs and component replacements. To that end, we’re ready to offer a good answer at a couple different levels of risk tolerance. 

Read below to get ballpark costs for maintaining your cath lab on either a time and materials basis, or under a comprehensive coverage contract.

Have a cath lab model in mind? Browse our current inventory of cath labs and get a quote!

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts

What You Need to Know About Remote Diagnostic Units for MRI

Posted by Nicole Tervo

Jan 7, 2020 9:30:00 AM

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If you own or operate an MRI scanner you understand how important it is to monitor your system's helium level and cooling performance. You may also know that even with regular checks, things that will drop your helium level dramatically and put you at risk for a magnet quench can still happen. Nights, weekends, even regular office hours between checkups are all times when a parts failure somewhere in your system can send the temperature up and the helium to a boil.

So, if you can't have someone watching your MRI 24 hours a day, what can you do to prevent incidents like this? The answer might be a device called a remote diagnostic unit (RDU). We'll tell you more about the RDU and how it works in the next few paragraphs.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Why I Would Never Own a Digital Cath Lab Without a Service Contract

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 19, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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We've all stood in the checkout line at Best Buy before. Maybe you've just bought a new HDTV- you're excited to go home, mount it on the wall, and fire up Star Wars in 4K, when the cashier asks the question, "Do you want to pay an additional $99 to extend the 3-year warranty?"

Thinking back through my history as a TV owner and how many times I've actually needed to have one repaired, I calculate the risk in an instant and politely decline. Then I go about my life, happy with my decision and comfortable with the low-probability risk I've just taken.

This is my approach to warranties with many products, but my perspective has changed over my years of selling digital cath/angio labs. Relative to this equipment, the risk can be very high, and the warranties can bring so much more value to the table. Check out the examples below to see what I mean and learn what you could save with the right service investment,

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts

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