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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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3 Price Points for Digital X-ray Equipment Options

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Aug 22, 2019 2:11:00 PM

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Every day our team talks with people that want to add a digital X-ray system to their equipment stable, but have to do so at a certain price point. The good news for them is that there is more than one way to go digital, and each one accommodates a different budget.

Below, we'll share three digital X-ray options to help you begin building an idea of what might be the best fit for your facility's next solution.

Want to try a flat panel digital detector in your own facility? Click here to schedule a free on-site demo!

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Closed MRI vs. Open MRI vs. Wide-Bore MRI

Posted by Jeremy Block

Jul 22, 2019 3:10:00 PM

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I've been in the MRI machine business for quite some time; discussing their attributes, comparing and contrasting, and poring over spec sheets, but I'd never interacted with one as a patient until a few years ago. I took a serious spill off my bicycle and needed to be checked for head and neck injuries. The experience left me with a new appreciation for some of the options MRI manufacturers have developed. Specifically: closed, open, and wide MRI bores.

Keep reading for a breakdown of the pros and cons of these MRI styles as they relate to magnet strength and patient comfort.

Need pricing details on open MRI machines vs. closed MRI? Click here to request a comparison quote.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI

Gadox vs. Cesium: DR Panel Comparison

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Jul 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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Inside every digital radiography (DR) detector panel is a layer of material called the scintillator. Right now, there are two main chemical compounds being used as scintillators in the manufacture of these panels: gadolinium oxysulfide (Gadox, for short) and cesium iodide (CsI).

Both of these materials are approved for use in diagnostic X-ray, and both of them are readily available in the DR marketplace. So, how does an imaging facility choose between a DR panel with Gadox and one with CsI?

The following are the most significant differences in purchasing and using a Gadox DR panel vs. a CsI panel.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

FDA 2579 Form: What Is It And Where Do I Get One?

Posted by Danny Fisher

Jul 11, 2019 9:38:00 AM

I get calls every week from people at imaging facilities saying in panicked voices, “My physicist is here and he is looking for some form that I am supposed to have; some kind of FDA Form?” Does this sound familiar to you? 

I 'm sure the mere presence of the initials “FDA” is the main reason there is a trace of panic in the person's voice, but the situation isn't as dire as it may seem. Don’t get me wrong, the FDA 2579 form is a very important form and definitely has to be filled out and kept on record. It is, however, very easy to obtain.

Let me answer the 2579 questions I get most often so that you can have the documentation you need, when you need it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, Imaging Equipment Project Management

What's Included in Imaging Equipment Preventative Maintenance, Really?

Posted by Kelley Tomlinson

Jun 14, 2019 5:05:00 PM

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It should come as no surprise that your imaging equipment, just like a vehicle, requires regular maintenance to keep running.  With a car, your transmission needs to be flushed, oil changed, filters cleaned, and windshield wiper fluid topped off. But sometimes, when we pick our vehicles up from a garage (and nearly every time when we see the bill) we begin to wonder exactly what was done to our cars. It is no different with medical imaging equipment.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts

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