Your Guide to Medical Imaging Equipment

Enjoy these tips, tricks and insights that answer 100's of questions we've received from radiology and imaging professionals that need help buying, selling, servicing and maintaining their medical imaging equipment: MRI, CT, C-Arm, Digital X-ray, PET/CT and Women's Health. We extend the life of imaging equipment so that healthcare providers worldwide can extend the lives of patients. This is why we answer your imaging equipment questions.

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RSNA 2015: Day Two Recap

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 1, 2015 12:09:19 AM

RSNA_2015_Day_Two.jpgDay two at RSNA 2015 has come and gone with another fast-paced flurry of activity for both technical exhibitors and education session presenters. As ever, our Product Team spent much of the day at the Block Imaging booth connecting with our friends and partners. Meanwhile, those of us on the Blog Team had the chance to meet with more of the radiology professionals that will be bringing new ideas to the table and fueling discussions with their colleagues for the year to come.

Here's a recap of what our team experienced on RSNA, day two:

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

RSNA 2015: Day One Recap

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 29, 2015 11:53:28 PM

RSNA_2015_Day_One.jpgOnce again, the Block Imaging team has returned to Chicago's McCormick place to connect with our partners and learn what the next year will hold for radiology at the annual RSNA meeting. As is ALWAYS the case, the exhibition halls and education session rooms are a hive of activity as professionals and equipment providers alike continue to arrive and mingle.

The Block Blog Team has returned to the floor with our Product Team counterparts to help capture a daily snapshot of what's happening on the floor- what trends are emerging, who is attending (and from where), and what ideas are being shared. Here's what we experienced on day one of RSNA 2015.

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

Product Overview: Siemens Axiom Artis Interventional Lab

Posted by Jeremy Block

Nov 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Axiom_Artis_Series_Overview.pngThe Axiom Artis is one of the most prevalent product lines from Siemens in the interventional radiology category. One of the first things you’ll notice as you begin to look for information on the Axiom Artis is just how many varieties it comes in: floor- mounted vs. ceiling-mounted vs. a combination of both, image intensifiers vs. detectors, single-plane vs. bi-plane. On top of that, there are numerous software configurations which will determine the kinds of studies each system is equipped to accommodate.

To denote the configuration of each system, Siemens has developed a "code" consisting of eight letters. With so many feature combinations, however, the code leaves you with a lot of acronyms and, perhaps, less clarity than the folks at Siemens might have hoped. We’ve decoded the acronyms below to assist anyone perusing Siemens interventional suites to better understand which system is the right fit.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

How to Prepare for Your C-Arm's Arrival

Posted by Micah Plimpton

Nov 25, 2015 9:06:34 AM

C_Arm_Delivery.jpgIf you've cruised the C-arm market, compared prices, and finally settled on the best C-arm model for your needs, congratulations! Your C-arm order is underway and soon to be delivered to your site. In the meantime, however, there are several things that you'll need to think about to prepare for and coordinate your system's delivery and installation.

Because we work with C-arm buyers every day, we thought it might be helpful to share what, in our experience, are questions that will need to be addressed before your C-arm (and the truck that will come with it) are on your doorstep. Keep reading so that you can know how to prevent delays and get your C-arm scanning as soon as possible after delivery.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Used and Refurbished C-Arms: How Important Is System Age?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 23, 2015 4:38:27 PM

C_Arm_Age_Header.jpgOne of the first questions we’re asked when we propose a used or refurbished C-arm to a customer is, “What year was it made?” This is a logical question to ask; a question one asks almost any time they buy something used. In the case of used C-arms, there are several reasons this information seems important, but simply knowing the date of manufacture (DOM) of a system can be deceiving.

The following are a few better ways to find out what you really want to know about used and refurbished C-arms.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

3 Price Points for Digital X-ray Equipment Options

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Nov 20, 2015 2:36:37 PM

Every day our team talks with people that tell us they want to start using digital X-ray but that they need to go digital at or below a certain price point. The good news for all of these people is that there is more than one way to go digital, and each method can accommodate a different price point as well as meet a different set of needs.

Take a look at the digital X-ray options below to begin building an idea of what might be the best fit for your facility's next solution.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

5 Must-See Presentations at RSNA 2015

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 18, 2015 9:47:35 AM

Every year, the program for the RSNA meeting in Chicago is brimming with radiological brain candy - events and talks that cover just about any topic you can think of within the imaging field - and the 2015 edition is no exception. Unfortunately, because RSNA 2015 is only six days and the program is 125 pages long, there is no way anyone can see it all. It is for this reason that we've combed the program and selected five presentations that are sure to be relevant to the issues and realities the entire radiology field is facing right now and in coming years.  

These are topics that transcend both medical specialty and (with only one exception) imaging modality and affect the way equipment is purchased, the way radiologists and department managers build the business end of their work, and, most of all, the experience and quality of care that radiology patients receive. Read on for five talks we'd recommend for anybody invested in radiology today.

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

Medical Imaging Equipment Delivery: What to Expect

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Nov 12, 2015 4:15:49 PM

Maybe you're a first-time imaging equipment buyer, or maybe you've been burned by a bad experience in the past. Whatever the cause, one question we get from many of our customers is, “How is my system going to be handled?” This is a great question for two reasons: 1) Medical imaging equipment is a big investment that you want to protect. 2) Not every equipment dealer takes proper care when shipping and handling imaging systems.

To answer this question, we want to give you a quick debrief on how we handle systems going out our doors to end user sites. We certainly won't claim a 100% perfect record, but the following are shipping and handling practices that have allowed us to deliver hundreds of systems safely all over the world

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management

3 Advantages to Having a Motor-Driven OEC 9800

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 11, 2015 9:42:13 AM

The OEC 9800 MD (motor-driven) isn't a new variation of the popular 9800 product line, but the last year or so has seen an increased number of these units become available for purchase on the used and refurbished equipment market. With this increase in availability, we're getting more questions than ever about what the 9800 MD has to offer.

Here are three advantages your facility can benefit from with the use of an OEC 9800 MD

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Topics: C-Arm

Mini C-Arm Prices: How Much is a Mini C-Arm Really Going to Cost?

Posted by Josh Block

Nov 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

mini c-arm priceSo, you’re looking to step up your C-Arm imaging capabilities without feeding your budget (not to mention all your space) to the “C” monster. The spine, back, and pain physicians are always hogging the full-size C-Arm and you're just looking to heal a hand or a foot! Logically, the first option that comes to mind is the Mini-C. From there, you end up wondering about mini C-Arm prices, typing your questions into the nearest search bar, and then reading a helpful blog that breaks it all down for you. Great story huh? Well, stop clicking your heels Dorothy, ‘cause this ain’t Kansas and you’re right in the middle of it!

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost


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