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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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MRI Machine Cost and Price Guide

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 24, 2019 2:45:00 PM

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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

OEC C-arm Laser Aimers: 5 Reasons to Get One

Posted by Aly Boggs-Smitley

Apr 30, 2019 12:30:00 PM

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Purchasing and operating an OEC C-arm is a sizeable investment; the machine itself, protective gear for the operator, ongoing service, etc. So, when an equipment vendor suggests you purchase an additional accessory for your C-arm, your gut reaction is probably something like, “Thanks, but no thanks!”

We’ve heard that reaction before and we definitely get it. At the same time, there are some good reasons to hold that thought and consider adding an OEC laser aimer to your C-arm. Find five reasons right here:

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

The Hidden Cost of Medical Imaging Parts: Returns

Posted by Jason Crawford

Apr 19, 2019 5:00:00 PM

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After working closely with countless customers purchasing imaging parts all over the world, I often find there is limited understanding of just how much money can be lost in the returns process. Returns-not-needed, lost exchanges, and late exchanges are an enormous hidden expense in the medical imaging parts industry. 

If this leaves you wondering how much you could be losing, consider these questions about the current state of your parts return process:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Medical Imaging Equipment: Refurbished, Reconditioned, or Remanufactured

Posted by Jason Crawford

Mar 26, 2019 4:11:00 PM

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The world of medical imaging servicing and manufacturing has gotten a lot of attention recently. Once a buyer of medical imaging equipment determines that a NEW piece of equipment from the OEM does not fit their budget or need, the topic of a second-hand imaging system usually starts with, "What's the difference between refurbished, reconditioned, and remanufactured?"

Though there are government and corporate entities that have formal guidelines and policies regarding these procedures, different companies use different terminology. We want to take a moment to add a bit of clarity to the discussion and dispel some of the myths about the differences when buying remanufactured, refurbished, and reconditioned imaging equipment. 

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

End of Life Medical Imaging Equipment... What Does It Really Mean?

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Dec 11, 2018 3:22:00 PM

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“End of Life.” Sounds morbid, doesn’t it? But before you flood your mind with images of long black cars and gothic letters chiseled in granite, let me reassure you that we’ll only be discussing the phrase as it pertains to your medical imaging equipment.

“End of Life” (EOL) means that a product has reached the limits of its primary market viability and as a result, support is discontinued or limited. If you have a system that is EOL the OEM may find it difficult to help you in servicing/supporting the unit.   

We’ve seen the major OEMs assign EOL designation a number of times to reliable, workhorse systems that could keep scanning if parts and engineers were available to nurse them through their occasional hiccups. But, in light of the never-ending stream of new and improved technology, these products are left behind and OEM services are refocused on new and late-model equipment. 

This can be a serious sticking point for facilities struggling to make their way to that next imaging equipment upgrade. Fortunately, through years of working through EOL designations, we’ve learned some things things concerning EOL imaging equipment that can help facilities in this situation.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

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