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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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6 Best Practices for Patient Data Disaster Recovery

Posted by Mackenzie Dryer

Oct 13, 2017 3:47:53 PM

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The wonders of technology have created a greater peace of mind for many medical offices and hospitals by providing a way to easily, effectively, and safely store and retrieve digital records. Nothing demonstrates this clearer than when a facility experiences an event that damages or destroys imaging and record-keeping equipment. As "set-it-and-forget-it" as backup and recovery technology can seem, these systems still require some proactive treatment.

Whether the event in question is disastrous for a single laptop (dropped on a hard floor) or for dozens of pieces of equipment across a network (flooding in your building's first couple of floors), the following are some industry best practices to help make sure that restoring access to your patient data can be quick and easy, freeing you to respond to the other urgencies that arise in a disaster recovery scenario.

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Topics: X-ray

Simplifying Digital X-Ray Workflow with NFC Technology

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Sep 7, 2017 10:49:03 AM

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Near field communication (NFC) is not a new technology. It's been used in everything from cellphones, to credit cards, to wristwatches. It's the technology that allows you to buy groceries with a tap from your card, exchange social contacts with a wave of your phone, and enter secure locations with a key fob or a name badge. Now, NFC has been integrated into digital radiography (DR) panels to further the workflow improvements already offered by DR.

If your imaging facility is hoping to use a single DR panel across multiple X-ray systems, a panel equipped with NFC not only makes it possible, it does so easily and quickly.

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Topics: X-ray

What Do I Do if I Can’t Find My FDA 2579 Form?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Aug 16, 2017 2:23:23 PM

So, here's a relevant, but completely hypothetical (unless you're living it right now) scenario for you: The FDA auditor is in your office, ready to inspect your X-ray imaging equipment, when you hear him say, “May I see a copy of the 2579 form for this system?” 

Do you know which form he's talking about (click here if you don’t)? If you do, do you know where it is? If your imaging facility can't provide a completed FDA 2579 form for each diagnostic X-ray system in the building, you can be written up in violation of federal requirements and may be subject to associated penalties.

If you aren't sure where your form is or if you even have one, don’t panic, we'll share with you below four different ways you can get your hands on another copy of your FDA 2579.

Never heard of FDA 2579? Find out about it here.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Project Management, X-ray

Digital Radiography Plate Drop Coverage: What You Need to Know

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jul 13, 2017 3:33:00 PM

You’ve bought an expensive, top of the line wireless DR panel (digital radiography). It’s only been out of the box for two days when your lead tech, who is used to working with inexpensive CR plates, drops it. Do you have DR panel drop coverage?

Okay, so the paragraph above is scary, right? Almost scary enough to second-guess an upgrade or certainly purchase insurance coverage. Costly object X is entered into catastrophic situation Y and a hypothetical lack of coverage leads to budget-crushing dollar amount Z in damages. The story may be hackneyed but, at its core, it relays the reason why any of us buy coverage for anything: in case of XYZ.

If you're on the road to DR panel ownership, drop coverage should at least be part of the conversation with your provider. Keep reading and we'll share more details you can use as you approach the subject of DR panel drop coverage.

Want even more protection for your DR panel? Click here to learn about protective DR panel carrying cases.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

Five Basic Facts Every Doctor Needs to Know About Digital Radiography

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jun 27, 2017 8:42:00 AM

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There still seems to be a lot of confusion over what digital radiography (DR) systems really offer, how they’re beneficial, and how they’re different from computed radiography (CR) or analog systems.

Here are several important facts that every doctor and medical office needs to know about DR systems. Is it time to make the transition to digital radiography?

If you already know you want to upgrade to digital radiography, click here to get a quick quote on a DR panel.

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Topics: X-ray

    
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