Short-bore MRI scanners: Are they right for your practice?

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Over the years, there have been significant changes made during the evolution of MRI systems in particular. The primary goal of these advancements was to ensure patient-friendly services. All the way from noise reduction, to faster scan times, all of the changes that were made was to make sure patients were able to obtain MRI scans like everyone else.

While this is a good direction to go through, it may be a cause for concern if patient comfort compromises the overall functionality of the systems. The following includes information about the benefits and the downfalls of using short-bore MRI scanners.

The benefits of short-bore MRI scanners.

The most significant benefit of these systems is that it enables the body of the patient to be outside the scanner during the MRI scan. This way, patients can be ensured more comfort while reducing nervousness and claustrophobia. Short-bore MRI scanners also require less housing than regular MRI scanners.

The downfalls of short-bore MRI scanners.

While short-bore MRI scanners come with two significant advantages, with a bore length of 145cm, there is a sacrifice made to the field view of the machine when scanning. For facilities that require a complete scan of the body for certain studies, a second scan may be necessary. Going through with a second scan may mean that there would be more time wasted during the process.

Ultimately, what it comes down to is deciding on whether or not these systems are right for your practice based on the circumstances.

If you are in the market for a short-bore MRI scanner or decided to go in another direction, Amber USA has a variety of options to choose from. Additionally, Amber USA will also help you select the best system for your practice. That way your medical facility can be guaranteed optimal outcomes through patient satisfaction and quality results.

If you’re looking for other used and refurbished medical imaging equipment such as a used bone density machine, CT scanner, mammography machine, or portable x-ray machine, Amber USA has it all and much more!

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Is it the “End of Life” for your MRI scanner?

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The term “End of Life” has become an increasingly common term used for quality but older systems. Since these MRI systems have been around for a longer time when customers are coined with the term “end of life,” for their equipment, the question may arise; what exactly does this mean?

The following information is provided to help clarify and alleviate concerns that customers who experience this situation may have.

With relation to MRI scanners, End of Life refers to equipment that has stopped production for over ten years. For MRI systems, End of Life is sometimes used as a tactic by vendors to motivate them to upgrade their current systems to newer models. This is mainly because facilities that still use End of Life equipment may experience difficulties finding parts and may experience discontinued field service.
While this is a cause for concern, there are certain exceptions where some MRI scanners can be maintained well over ten years. In fact, these equipment are the primary focus of secondary dealers. Additionally, ISOs sometimes maintain an extensive inventory of parts and a set of experienced engineers that can expertly offer their support to ensure the system is up and running for another 5 to 10 years.

There may be a list that goes on for high-quality equipment by brands such as GE, Hitachi, or Philips to invest in older equipment. However, not every system has that privilege.

If your equipment has reached its ultimate End of Life service, it may be time to upgrade or replace your equipment. That’s where Amber USA steps in.

Amber USA has a long-standing reputation for issuing high-quality used and refurbished equipment at an affordable cost. Amber USA’s priority is to ensure patients receive the best outcomes from the provided equipment.

Besides MRI machines, Amber USA also offers other quality medical imaging equipment such as refurbished x ray equipment for sale, CT scanners of a variety of slices, and even mammography machines for your facility.

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Why you should upgrade your MRI machine instead of replacing it.

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The pressure in the MRI world has reached its peak. While reimbursements aren’t improving, the market still has a high demand for quality images and efficient output. Not just any magnet will suffice, and most insurance companies require MRI machines to be approved with the strict guidelines for image quality. With that comes the pressure. However, fortunately, you may just be able to upgrade your MRI machine’s capabilities without having to purchase a new one.

The following are a few details devised by Amber USA on how your MRI machine can be upgraded for meeting demands, improving the quality of images, and lowering downtime on the equipment.

Under the exterior lies the most crucial component of an MRI machine; that is the magnet used to generate the magnetic field for developing the images. If you are using an older MRI system, many facilities may be able to provide a field upgrade on your platform. This type of upgrade on your machine would be able to maintain the magnet and its cooling system while being able to improve the system in other ways.

While this doesn’t mean that upgrading your system wouldn’t need replacements, less hassle would be involved. The components that may be used in upgrading your current system may comprise:

• New coils.
• New gradient cabinets.
• New computer consoles.
• New RF systems.

Another upgrade process that may be utilized could include applications training. New hardware and software may sometimes be challenging to learn. Therefore applications training would be a great way to understand how to make use of these systems.

If you’re considering upgrading your MRI scanner or other radiology equipment, don’t hesitate to contact Amber USA for more information.

Amber USA is a long-standing firm known for issuing high quality used and refurbished medical imaging equipment to ensure that medical practitioners are able to offer comfort and accurate diagnosis for patients.

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Vendor issued service plan or Third party servicing?

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If you’ve experienced a breakdown in your medical imaging equipment the next step would be to find a solution. During your search, you may come across third-party organizations that offer to service your imaging equipment. However, unfortunately, not all companies are able to provide services to match their claims. While there are a variety of companies that do issue quality services to customers, it is essential to be wary of the reputation of the organization before diving into the services they claim to issue.

Let’s say your medical facility requires immediate assistance to fix up your CT scanner. The first thing that comes to mind is an organization that worked on another piece of medical imaging equipment like a C-Arm and offered adequate servicing. So as a customer you purchase their services only to find that they are unable to diagnose the problem of the CT scanner.

Unfortunately, this is a common problem found in many third-party organizations issuing servicing for medical imaging equipment. While their engineers may be qualified, what counts is having experience, at the end of the day. With that being said, you may eventually have to face frustration with the inability to fix your system through the purchased third party services and may have to switch to a different organization.

The fact is that when purchasing medical imaging equipment, what is often overlooked is having a proper service plan. While some facilities may be able to grasp the services of an adequate firm, not everyone may be offered that privilege.

For that reason, Amber USA suggests when purchasing equipment from a vendor, make sure that the vendor is able to issue a service plan. Amber USA understands the necessity of having an efficiently working system and guarantees long term service to all clients.

If you are looking to purchase medical imaging equipment for your medical practices, Amber USA is more than happy to help you with your purchase.

Whether you’re looking for a Philips MRI machine, GE CT scanner for sale, or a variety of other prominently branded used and refurbished medical imaging equipment, Amber USA has it all!

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