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MRI Machine Cost and Price Guide

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 24, 2019 2:45:00 PM


It's a question we get every single day: "How much does an MRI machine cost?" And for good reason: an MRI scanner is both a cornerstone and, often, the most costly modality in any imaging department.

To lend some clarity on the subject, the price list below breaks down current average cost and price information for popular MRI machine models from leading manufacturers like GE, Siemens, Hitachi, Philips, and Toshiba, If you're a more visual person, you can also see the list in video format.

Click here to see current MRI machine inventory and get a custom quote.

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

The Helium Shortage: Don't Go It Alone

Posted by Richard Hummel

May 24, 2019 1:51:35 PM


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

Is a Helium Shortage a Good Time to Upgrade Your MRI?

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 21, 2019 12:29:13 PM


The current shortage of liquid helium and the high prices that come with it might make right now seem like a time for MRI users to lay low, hunker down, grit their teeth, and prepare for a long slog through a turbulent market. But, market turbulence or not, the opposite could be true- depending on what type of MRI you use. Below, we'll share with you why now might be a good time to make a bold capital equipment move: upgrading to a more efficient MRI system.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Wide-Bore MRI Comparison: Siemens Espree vs. Siemens Aera

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 6, 2019 3:45:00 PM


The popularity of Siemens wide-bore magnets has been unparalleled in the marketplace since 2005. The Siemens Espree became the preeminent option when 70 cm and closed-bore magnets were discussed in the same conversation. Now, the Espree's "younger sibling", the Aera has become a hot topic among MRI buyers. But how do they stack up? Is this incremental improvement, or a sea change for wide-bore systems? To shed some light on that, below we'll compare the Siemens Espree and the Siemens Aera.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Siemens 3T MRI Scanners Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Apr 25, 2019 4:50:08 PM


For the last fifteen years, Siemens has been a leader in producing high-quality 3T MRI systems. In that time, they've brought seven 3T models to market: the Vida, Lumina, Skyra, Prisma, Verio, Spectra, and Trio.

Seven models in fifteen years is an impressive list but, as a buyer sifting through options on the pre-owned market, it can be a bit confusing too. To help bring some clarity to your search, we'll compare these Siemens 3T MRI systems below and shed a little light on where each of them stands out.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

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