What is End of Life? When an OEM, such as GE, decides that a system is at the “end of serviceable life,” what they are basically saying is that they will no longer be making parts for that machine. You may have heard this term… Read More »What Does “End of Life” Mean for Your GE MRI Scanner?
At Southwest, we believe that it is our job to equip you with the equipment you need to provide your patients with outstanding patient care. This is why we hold ourselves to the objective standards of ISO 13485. To learn more about what that means,… Read More »International Standards for Medical Devices
Liquid helium is the coldest element in the world, and maintaining its liquid state is highly specialized and requires constant monitoring. For anyone familiar with this element and how it works with MRI systems, you know that boil off is an accepted and expected factor… Read More »Top 5 Reasons You’re Losing Liquid Helium
The difference between an MRI and an iPhone It’s a common mistake of customers to believe that an MRI is like a computer or iPhone. So, in the world that we have with high-tech electronics, your iPhone gets old and it can’t keep up with… Read More »No, an MRI does not get outdated like an iPhone
Refurbishment When parts enter the facility for refurbishment, an experienced team performs a thorough inspection and bench tests each part using standard diagnostic testing. If there is any sign of wear on the parts, such as pads for cradles, they are assigned for replacement. Before… Read More »All About Southwest Parts Refurbished
What is the importance of refurbishment and testing? A previously owned system will undergo a refurbishment process to be restored to the same quality as a new system using original parts, test equipment and procedures. Service coverage, including things like installation, warranty, applications training and… Read More »Importance of Refurbishment and Testing
How are parts refurbished? Coil Refurbishment Process When a used coil come is it typically has cosmetic paint and fiberglass issued. To refurbish the part the coil electronics are removed and placed in static bags. The technician applies replacement fiberglass that has been sanded smooth,… Read More »Coil Refurbishment Process
Commonly Asked Questions What is a cold head? Inside the MRI is a cooling system containing liquid helium keeping the magnet cool. When the helium is exposed to increased temperatures is turns from liquid to gas. Inside of this cooling system is a part called… Read More »Cold Head FAQs