How Magnetic Resonance Imaging Works & How Leasing Benefits You
We can procure almost any instrument type and accommodate whichever brand preferences your lab might have. Contact us today and see how our MRI scanner leasing program can benefit you.
All equipment brands/models are available
The Benefits of Excedr’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine Leasing Program:
- 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.
Diagnostic imaging is critical in healthcare. It provides physicians and radiologists with valuable information regarding a patient’s health and anatomy.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a powerful, non-invasive diagnostic imaging technique that produces detailed pictures of a patient’s anatomy and physiological processes. This includes imaging bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissue and cartilage.
It is based on the principles of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), a spectroscopy technique used by scientists to gather microscopic physical and chemical information about molecules. Because of this, it was originally referred to as nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI). However, because of the negative connotations associated with the word nuclear in the late 1970’s, the name was changed to magnetic resonance imaging.
Unlike CT scans or X-ray imaging techniques, which use potentially harmful X-ray or ionizing radiation to produce an image, MRI employs large magnets, strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves. While X-ray radiation can be harmful to a patient’s health in large enough doses, MRI offers a radiation-free method for diagnostic imaging.
MRI scans are essential in radiology because of MRI’s ability to detect tumors, inflammation, various neurological conditions, and heart and blood vessel abnormalities. The scans expose atomic nuclei to strong magnetic fields, which absorb the magnetic energy and emit radiofrequency (RF) energy that a receiver can pick up. Hyrdrogen atoms are specifically targeted due to their abundance in the human body.
The contrast in the resulting image happens because of differing rates at which the tissues’ nuclei are excited, return to their equilibrium state, and release their energy. This process of returning from an excited state to equilibrium is referred to as the relaxation process. A more pronounced contrast can be achieved by using MRI contrast mediums or agents, which possess specific electromagnetic properties that allow for more detailed MRI images. Gadolinium-based contrast materials are the most common agents used.
Though much safer than other medical imaging techniques, the enclosed space that the patient is put into and the loud noises that the machine makes may lead to feelings of claustrophobia. However, recent developments have allowed for more “open” designs which accommodate patients who may feel overwhelmed by the procedure.
For noise level issues, a radiologic technologist will provide patients undergoing MRI scans with earplugs or headphones containing no metal whatsoever that help mitigate the loudness of the scan. (Some machines are capable of performing quieter scans. In this case, earplugs are not necessary.)
Due to the powerful magnets used in MRI machines, patients with certain implants, such as pacemakers and insulin pumps, must undergo different medical imaging procedures or remove the implant, if possible. Additionally, patients with cochlear implants must take a series of precautionary steps to avoid the risks MRI scans pose when a patient has these implants, according to the FDA.
MRI System Techniques, Methods, & Costs
MRI machines may differ slightly from model to model, but all of them consist of a strong magnet, shim coils for correcting shifts in the magnetic field, a gradient system that localizes the magnetic resonance signal, and an RF system. Most MRI systems operate at 1.5 Tesla (T), but some commercial systems function at a range of intensities
MRI machines may differ slightly from model to model. Still, all of them consist of a strong magnet, shim coils for correcting shifts in the magnetic field, a gradient system that localizes the magnetic resonance signal, and an RF system.
Most MRI systems operate at 1.5 Tesla (T), but some commercial systems function at a range of intensities from .2 to 7 T. The superconducting magnets used in clinical MRI machines generate so much heat that they need to be cooled with liquid helium.
MRIs with lower magnetic field strengths, however, use permanent magnets and do not require such cooling. These open MRI machines are designed to be more comfortable and are used for patients with claustrophobia when in enclosed spaces. Ultra-low field MRI systems that operate at the microtesla-to-millitesla range exist and use sensitive superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs).
Depending on their function and what they are scanning or scanning for, MRI devices can vary the radiation pulse settings to create specific images. To learn more about these differences, read on! As well, if you’re interested in the various accreditations available for medical imaging, the American College of Radiology offers many resources on several modalities.
Similarly, the Radiological Society of North America provides high-quality educational resources, education credits towards certification maintenance, and five peer-reviewed journals, as well as grant funding dedicated to providing young radiologists the support needed while still in training.
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Functional MRI (fMRI)
MRI Leases to Fit Every Need
MRI machines are powerful tools that can help paint a complete picture of a person’s health. However, these machines can be exorbitantly expensive, and an organization’s equipment budget may not cover the upfront costs required when purchasing one outright.
Nonetheless, physicians, radiologists, and technologists still need to perform MRI exams and not risk their patients’ health.
Instead of being slowed down by this inaccessibility, consider leasing an MRI machine through Excedr instead.
Our lease program is designed to provide healthcare organizations with the equipment they need and then some. Besides equipment access, you’ll benefit from a simplified procurement process, more manageable cash flow (thanks to low payments spread out over time), and working capital savings (more cash on hand for other business areas).
Whether you’re looking to lease an MRI scanner, NMR machine, or computed tomography (CT) scanner, we are here to help. Complete our online contact form or give us a call at (510) 982-6552 to discuss your equipment leasing needs in further detail.
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.