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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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Siemens Ysio vs. GE XR 656

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Aug 12, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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So you think you want to buy a brand-new, digital X-ray system? If your capital situation allows, this can be an exciting prospect! Buying new equipment opens your path to latest-and-greatest-type hardware and software features that make patient care simpler, faster, and more robust.

Currently, among the major manufacturers, there are two systems at the forefront of native digital (from the factory, without retrofits or third-party add-ons) X-ray systems: the Siemens Ysio Max and the GE Discovery XR656 Plus. We put together a comparison of these two systems to give you a better understanding of what these units have to offer in cutting-edge X-ray.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

GE Digital Radiography System Price Cost Guide

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Aug 2, 2019 12:15:00 PM

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Whether you're jumping into digital radiography (DR) for the first time or coming back for another round, the benefits of DR are clearly a great choice for your facility. On top of that, with a generation or two of DR systems behind us, the secondary market has a variety of refurbished DR units that are available at prices far more affordable than new.

Given their success in other modalities, it comes as no surprise that GE is a leader among DR manufacturers. To help you narrow the options down, we'll focus on the prices of refurbished GE digital X-ray systems below. Please note: these prices include installation of the system and a 1-year service agreement.

Have a GE digital radiography systen in mind already? Click here to get a custom quote.

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

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

Which PACS Is Best for You?

Posted by Mackenzie Dryer

Jul 1, 2019 2:41:20 PM

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Whether you're just starting an imaging center or adding an X-ray system to an established facility, it's important to make a plan for storing your images on a PACS system, especially as it relates to HIPAA compliance. There are many considerations when deciding which type of PACS you’ll use, from study volume to the number of imaging systems in your facility, but not every PACS type addresses those considerations at the same level. 

To help you in your search for the best PACS for your facility, we've listed below a few different options that most PACS providers offer and some pros and cons of each.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

X-Ray Automation: Auto Tracking vs. Auto Positioning

Posted by Devinn LoVette

May 29, 2019 4:22:00 PM

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Paired with digital imaging, automation in the X-ray room is pushing patient workflow into an increasingly seamless state. Of course, as with any first-time technology purchase, the process of choosing what type of automation you want can be anything but seamless.

One of the sticking points we hear about  from X-ray equipment buyers that are interested in automation is confusion between some of the key features. To help clarify your X-ray automation search, we'll break down the differences between auto tracking and auto positioning and give you our take on the value each offers.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

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