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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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The Helium Shortage: Don't Go It Alone

Posted by Richard Hummel

May 24, 2019 1:51:35 PM

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If you've owned or operated an MRI machine for even just a few years of the last decade, you know that the cost per liter of the liquid helium used to cool your magnet has risen, year-over-year, to record high levels. And, if you've seen the invoice for a helium fill from your gas provider, you know it's a tough pill to swallow. So what's to be done? Do we "grin and bear it" until prices (hopefully) come down? That's one way to handle it. Or, you could take some proactive steps to mitigate helium costs now.

Below, we'll share why the shortage is likely to continue, and how finding the right helium partner can lead to considerable savings and improved sustainability for your MRI services.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Knocking Sound from Your GE CT Scanner? Check Your Encoder Wheel!

Posted by Beka Waldron

May 23, 2019 11:20:00 AM

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So, you're running your GE CT and you start hearing a rattle, a jitter, or a knock. It never made that sound before, and you're pretty sure it shouldn't make that sound at all. Why is it doing that?

With so many moving parts, there are a few things that can create a similar sound inside the gantry of a GE CT scanner, however, one of the most common for is the axial encoder. Keep reading to learn what you should do to solve the problem.

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

How to Delete Studies in Vieworks VXvue Software

Posted by Mackenzie Dryer

May 3, 2019 10:39:57 AM

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If you use a Vieworks DR panel with VXvue software, you know how easy it is to capture and store images. But what do you do when you hit your workstation's maximum image capacity? Fortunately, VXvue offers options to delete studies automatically and manually. We'll show you how to do both in the pictorial guide below.

And if you're wondering what to do when you hit the 100-image capacity on your Vieworks panel, we have a guide for that too.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, X-Ray

CT Service Contracts: What is NOT Included?

Posted by Alyssa Birchmeier

Apr 30, 2019 3:30:00 PM

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Welcome! And thank you for joining us in our second segment of the colossally popular “Contract Exclusions” series! We knew that everyone who read part one, MRI Contract Exclusions, would be chomping at the proverbial bit to see what we'd share about CT contracts.

Now, before we get started explaining what you can expect to not be covered in a standard 3rd-party CT service contract, I should warn you: if you also read part one, some of this will sound VERY familiar, but we figured if the MRI shoe fits, the CT can wear it! Here goes:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

The 3 Most Difficult CT Scanners to Service

Posted by Paul Crawford

Apr 30, 2019 10:44:58 AM

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We often talk about the ease of finding engineering and third-party parts support for GE CT scanners like the Lightspeed, Brightspeed, and VCT. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we've also discussed the “premium”, late-model scanners that just haven’t hit the market with enough consistency (like the Siemens Definition Force or GE Revolution EVO) to make third-party service and parts viable for a few more years. On that latter end of the spectrum, there are also some systems that, unless something big changes soon, are unlikely to ever come out from under the yoke of OEM service. 

If you're hoping to purchase a CT and save on service and parts by working with an independent service organization (ISO) and third-party parts suppliers, the following are three systems you may want to avoid. Please note that none of these remarks are a commentary on the quality of a system, but rather the access owners have to parts and affordable support for it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, CT Scanner

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