Imaging Equipment Leasing
Radiology & the Uses of Imaging Equipment
Medical imaging applies to several different imaging technologies that medical professionals use to view the human body and diagnose a patient and monitor or treat abnormalities, diseases, and medical conditions. This diagnosis and treatment of diseases within the body using medical imaging is known as radiology, or diagnostic imaging.
Radiology has been an important part of healthcare since its development, as diagnostic images can provide detailed answers to clinical questions related to a patient’s health. Most diagnostic imaging techniques are non-invasive and painless, making the procedures manageable as a patient.
That said, radiology can be used in a variety of ways. It can support medical and surgical treatment planning, and it can be used to guide medical professionals through catheter, stent, and other medical device insertion.
It’s also common to see radiology being used alongside other disciplines concerned with organs and the body, such as cardiology, the study of the heart. Radiologists and cardiologists often collaborate, as cardiac imaging is used to screen for heart disease and can inform a cardiologist about the state of a patient’s heart.
In radiology, imaging techniques are referred to as modalities. A modality is categorized by the way in which an image is captured, and is unique in terms of the equipment used and conditions it helps radiologists diagnose. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, X-rays, and nuclear medicine are all types of imaging modalities.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI employs large magnets, strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate an image instead of using potentially harmful X-rays or ionizing radiation, which occur during X-ray imaging like CT or PET scanning.
MRI can produce detailed pictures of a subject’s anatomy, including bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues such as cartilage. MRI images are profoundly useful as they depict physiology as well as anatomy because the hydrogen atoms are associated with body chemistry rather than just anatomic structures
Ultrasound uses broadband sound waves in the megahertz range that are reflected by tissue to varying degrees to produce an image. It can be used to gather real-time images of a patient’s anatomy as well as their organ function, whether that’s imaging a fetus in pregnant women or the heart valve opening and closing.
Although ultrasound devices don’t provide as much anatomical detail as CT or MRI, it does an excellent job of capturing the function of moving structures within the human body in real-time. And while bone and air block ultrasonic waves, soft tissue areas such as the abdomen are excellent applications for ultrasound imaging.
X-ray radiation is employed in numerous ways to capture images. Imaging machines and systems can use a single x-ray source to produce two-dimensional images, or they can use multiple X-ray sources and detectors to create higher-quality images, which can be three dimensional.
C-arms are a type of system that uses the X-ray modality to capture a continuous X-ray image of a patient. It can be used during surgical or orthopedic procedures, and is essential to angiography, the imaging of blood flow in vessels.
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanners, or bone densitometers, use X-rays to determine bone mineral density.
Computed tomography (CT) scanners generate a 3D rendering of a patient’s internal anatomy by utilizing a series of narrow X-ray beams, which are rotated around the patient, creating the cross-sectional image slices. Imaging section by section is known as tomography.
Although it’s considered a type of X-ray machine, it is unlike traditional X-ray imaging in that CT scanners are able to create more detailed images by differentiating between tissue, bone, and soft tissue while detecting many abnormalities and medical conditions. Positron emission tomography (PET) scanners utilize radiation associated with altered glucose molecules to image glucose uptake, which is critical in cancer detection.
PET scanners are often combined with CT scanners to provide anatomic and physiologic images at one time, thanks to the PET scanners ability to show radiologists how a patient’s body tissue is behaving on a cellular level. Mammography is also a form of x-ray imaging. However, it’s specialized for breast tissue.
What Are the Benefits of Leasing?
While equipment purchases seem like the best way to procure the equipment you need for your business, leasing has long been a sound, affordable option. We’d even argue that it is an optimal strategy for companies looking to expand or properly manage cash flow.
Our operating lease structure helps you keep your credit line open for expansions, and allows you to reinvest in your core operations and business, including staffing and other operational expenses.
You also have the advantage of minimizing equipment downtime with comprehensive repair coverage and preventive maintenance, as well as expediting the administrative work needed for instrument procurement and logistics.
Interested in leasing? Our equipment leasing program provides medical imaging professionals access to expensive imaging solutions at a fraction of the upfront price by spreading costs out over time.
Our options include CT Scanners, C-arms, and digital radiography equipment, bone densitometers, MRI machines, nuclear medicine imaging equipment (PET/CT scanners), and mammography systems.
However, we can source virtually any type of imaging equipment you might need, and accommodate whatever brand preference you may have. Prefer Philips over Siemens, no problem. Want GE instead? We’ve got you covered.
Excedr’s Leasing Program Benefits:
- Eliminates the upfront cost of purchasing equipment by spreading its cost over time
- Minimizes equipment downtime with included complete repair coverage and preventive maintenance
- Takes advantage of potentially 100% tax deductible* payments, providing you significant cash-savings
- Expedites the administrative work needed for instrument procurement and logistics
- Conserves working capital, enabling you to reinvest in your core business and operations (staffing, inventory, marketing/sales, etc.)
- Accommodates all manufacturer and model preferences
*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the full tax implications of leasing equipment.
Medical Imaging Systems to Lease
Bone Densitometers & DEXA Scanners
A densitometer measures the density of an object. More specifically, it measures the degree to which light is either able to pass through or not pass through a material. This property is referred to as optical density.
The mobile C-arm is an imaging device small enough to be employed in both operating rooms and inside clinics. C-arms fluoroscopy offers a non-invasive, real-time image technique that is excellent for monitoring a patient’s health during procedures or examinations.
The act of developing an image of an object section-by-section with the use of penetrative waves is called tomography. Computed tomography scans, more commonly known as CT or CAT scans, are generated using CT scanners, which allow for cross-sectional imaging of materials without the need to cut them open. CT scanners effectively combine x-rays with computer technology and tomography to produce images.
3D Mammography Equipment
Mammography utilizes a low-dose X-ray to generate multiple images of a patient’s breast tissue. Radiologists rely on a mammography exam, or mammogram, to perform routine examinations that can detect any tumors, lumps, or other abnormalities in the breast. These abnormalities can be a sign of cancer in the breast. 2D mammography is typically used, and involves taking two different images: a side-to-side view and a top-to-bottom view.
Magnetic resonance imaging is a technique used by radiologists that employs strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate an image. Magnetic resonance imaging, more commonly referred to as MRI, is used to create detailed images of a subject’s anatomy.
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Imaging Equipment Leases That Suits Your Needs
Operating Lease Benefits
This off-balance sheet financing structure provides three options at the end of the term. The lessee has the option to return the equipment to the lessor, renew at a discounted rate, or purchase the instrument for the fair market value. Monthly payments are also 100% tax deductible which yields additional monetary savings.
If you recently bought equipment, Excedr can offer you cash for your device and convert your purchase into a long-term rental. This is called a sale-leaseback. If you’ve paid for equipment within the last ninety days, we can help you recoup your investment and allow you to make low monthly payments. This also frees up money in your budget rather than tying it down to a fixed asset.