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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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Low Field Open MRI vs Closed MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 9, 2018 9:27:00 AM

open MRI vs closed MRI

Under-powered, under-utilized, and sometimes misunderstood, open MRI systems are often under-appreciated here in the USA and ignored in other “developed” countries. 

Many radiologists don’t want to read from open MRIs, governments and insurers don’t want to pay for them, and the appetite for higher and higher powered magnets has, in many cases, relegated the open MRI to a “back-up” role in larger imaging facilities. Whether or not that relegation is deserved, it’s a fact that the demand for low-field open MRI (.2T - .35T) has remained strong in developing countries since this article was last updated in early 2016. So what exactly is it that makes some facilities prize low-field open MRI over closed MRI? We've found a few reasons we'll share here.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Top MRI Manufacturers Compared: Choosing the Best for Your Needs

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 3, 2018 1:30:00 PM

MRI Manufacturers Compared

Since first publishing this article in 2015, hundreds more people have come to us with a wide variety of MRI needs and, depending on what those needs were, we've had occasion to direct them to many different models from many different manufacturers. Why? Not all MRI scanners are equal across all of the aspects that users value.

To help you begin building an idea of what to expect, we'll share some of the big considerations we've seen buyers grapple with. Individual cases may vary but, in our experience and the experiences our partners have shared with us, the following are a snapshot of what each of these "major player" MRI manufacturers looks like on the third-party market.

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Topics: MRI

3T MRI vs 1.5T MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 27, 2018 12:40:00 PM

3T MRI Vs 1.5T MRI

1.5 + 1.5 = 3, right? So a 3T MRI is twice as good as a 1.5T MRI, right?  As far as the field strength is concerned, sure. In the world of sales and marketing, absolutely. But from an imaging standpoint, a throughput standpoint, and a cashflow standpoint, maybe not. 

Before you spend up to twice the money for a 3T, we suggest you take a look at what it can do for you, and what it can’t. Read more below, or watch the video version of this blog at the foot of the page.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Top Four Part Failures for GE 1.5T MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 20, 2018 1:45:00 PM

GE 1.5T Common Parts Failures

GE 1.5T MRI scanners are among the most popular systems in the world. They're reliable, easy to service, and when maintained properly, produce high-quality images. Still, like any frequently-used machine, they are subject to wear and tear and eventual parts failure.

If you're new to GE 1.5T ownership or considering a purchase, the following are some of the most common parts failures reported to our service team. Keep them in mind to help you and your team stay ahead of equipment downtime.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

MRI Cold Heads 101

Posted by Kristin Smit

Jul 13, 2018 12:00:00 PM

MRI Coldhead Basics

If you're new to the world of MRI, there's a learning curve that can take a good chunk of time to master. Safety, maintenance, cryogens, parts- each of these areas has its own set of particulars and minding each of them will help you run your system and serve your patients more efficiently.

We first published this article in 2015 to help new MRI users become better acquainted with a part that's crucial to monitor for better scanner performance and lower maintenance costs: the cold head. Three years later, this is advice is as valuable as ever. Keep reading to learn what a cold head does, how long it lasts, how much it costs, and some service tips to keep it in good condition.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

    
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