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Questions to ask when buying a Remanufactured C-ARM

Be sure to compare "apples to apples." For example, an OEC 9000 sells anywhere between $19,000.00 - $79,000.00 depending upon the parts replaced and/or options included. The following questions are useful tools to evaluate remanufactured c-arms from different companies. [Click here for print version of this page]

PARTS

CI

Company 1

Company 2

 

 

 

 

Does it have a new I.I.?

YES

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  • This is the most important component in terms of system cost & image quality. An I.I. has a life expectancy of 5 - 8 years and can cost between $11,000 - 27,000 to replace.

 

 

 

Does it have a new x-ray tube?

YES

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  • If the tube is several years old, the resolution can be poor due to focal spot blooming & the ability to see the gray scale may be impaired due to plating on the output port.

 

 

 

Does it have a new camera tube?

YES

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  • This is very important in terms of image quality.  Typically, the camera tube needs to be replaced every two years

 

 

 

Does it have new interconnect cables?

YES

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  • These cables have as many as 100 little wires in them and may test out ok, but can cause intermittent problems in other positions.

 

 

 

Does it have new high voltage cables?

YES

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  • Again, these cables may test out ok, but can cause intermittent problems in other positions

 

 

 

Does it have new batteries?

YES

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  • Batteries can test ok, but may have an open cell resulting in the correct voltage being read, but the current will be low. This will result in poor images.

 

 

 

Does it have new power supplies, pins, and connectors?

YES

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  • If it does not, you may have more service calls and downtime

 

 

 

Does it have the latest version of software?

YES

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  • Make sure the latest version of software is installed. If so, which version?

 

 

 

Does it have the latest version of firmware?

YES

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  • Make sure the latest version of firmware is installed. This will result in less downtime & better image quality

 

 

 

Are the monitors new?

YES

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  • Can you imagine looking at x-rays on a 10 year old black & white TV? The monitors today can display 1024 shades of gray vs. 256 on the older ones. Modern monitors have much higher resolution, faster refresh rates, and are typically much larger.
    New modern monitors can make a huge difference in image quality.

 

 

 

WARRANTY

ISI

Company 1

Company 2

 

 

 

 

If the Image Intensifier fails within two years, what will you pay?

$0.00

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  • This part of your warranty is probably the most important
  • With CI the answer is $0.00 *on most models

 

 

 

If the x-ray tube goes out within two years, what will you pay?

$0.00

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  • Again, with CI the answer is $0.00 *

 

 

 

Does the company have a "100% Uptime Guarantee?"

YES

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  • All new or used c-arms will have problems
  • CI's guarantee provides one week added to your warranty for every day your system is down

 

 

 

What will the company do for you if you get a lemon?

100%

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  • CI will apply 100% of the purchase price towards the same type or an upgraded model. * Certain conditions may apply

 

 

 

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C-Arms International is not affiliated in any way with and is not an authorized dealer of OEC Medical Systems, Inc. The OEC products sold by C-Arms International have been remanufactured by C-Arms International. No products sold by C-Arms International are warranted by OEC Medical Systems, Inc.

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