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 health care providers worldwide can extend the lives of patients. This is why we answer your imaging equipment questions.

~ Block Imaging Team

MD Expo Las Vegas 2014 Recap

Posted by Kris Seelye

Apr 16, 2014 9:30:00 AM

MD_Expo_Las_Vegas_RecapHere we are, back in Michigan (it's 25° out as I write this), freshly returned from Las Vegas (where it will be 84° today) and the first of this year's 3 MD Expo gatherings. Last week's show was a great one, with dozens of opportunities to connect with end users, dealers, and rock n' roll legends alike.

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

What to Expect During Your Cath Lab Project

Posted by David McAndrews

Apr 15, 2014 8:50:00 AM

Cath_Lab_Project_Walk_ThroughFrom selection, to budgeting, to installation, to ongoing maintenance- the links below will take you to articles that will walk you through the major steps of a cath lab project. These articles are based on the experiences the Block Imaging team has had over the last 15 years of selling and installing interventional equipment and, more recently, refurbishing and servicing it. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

OEC Urology: Your Options Now

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 11, 2014 4:44:12 PM

OEC_Urology_UroviewOEC discontinued the last model in their Uroview product line (the Uroview 2800) in 2006. But, just because you won't be seeing any more new Uroviews doesn't mean that OEC is out of the urology market altogether. There are still options available to the OEC loyalist who wants to break into urology or upgrade their existing uro platform. Below are two routes you can take to high-quality uro functionality from OEC.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, X-ray

DXA Body Composition Scanning: Missed Potential for Patients and Imaging Centers?

Posted by Garth Immelman

Apr 10, 2014 4:00:00 PM

DXA_Body_Composition_ScansOne of the main goals of the medical profession is to improve patient health in as many ways as possible with the equipment at hand. Sometimes though, it can be easy to overlook some of the potential applications of our equipment and, thereby, miss out on the potential benefits. One such case is using bone density scanners (aka dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry or, DXA scanners) to measure body composition.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Bone Densitometer

How to Connect an OEC 9900 C-Arm to PACS

Posted by Michael Rivas

Apr 7, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Connecting_9900_to_PACSSo, it's your big day! Your OEC 9900 C-arm has arrived and you're anxious to start scanning patients. Unfortunately, one last obstacle remains in your path to imaging glory: connecting the system to your PACS network for image storage.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

"Why Is an MRI so Loud?" And Other Questions from the Bore

Posted by Lauren Olin

Apr 4, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Why_Is_an_MRI_LoudWorking for a company in the medical imaging equipment industry, I look at this equipment a little differently. Whenever a friend or family member has a procedure done, I’m asking, “Which machine?" "Which manufacturer?"  "Didn’t you ask?” 

Of course, these questions are probably far different than those running through the mind of the average MRI patient. So, when I had an MRI of my own done (it was on a GE Excite 1.5T, FYI), I tried to put myself in their metaphorical shoes and think about what they would ask. The longer I laid there, the more questions came to mind, namely, these three:

 

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Topics: MRI

Nuclear Camera Site Preparation

Posted by Danny Fisher

Apr 2, 2014 3:00:38 PM

Nuclear_Camera_Site_PrepPreparing your facility to receive any new piece of medical imaging equipment can be a process with a lot of moving parts. Preparing for a nuclear camera is no exception. 

Here at Block Imaging, our Project Management Team has worked alongside dozens of sites to see their buildings prepped and their nuclear cameras installed. For those of you who are just beginning a nuclear camera project, we've compiled a list of recommendations that will help make your preparations quicker and more thorough. Take a look and see what you can do to be ready for your delivery day.

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Topics: Nuclear Camera, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Neusoft CT Scanners: Try Before You Buy

Posted by David Harns

Mar 31, 2014 3:00:00 PM

NeuSoft_CT_Scanner_Test_Drive-1

Whether we're popping off the cap to smell that new deodorant, or munching a sample of the latest cheese-blasted snack food at the supermarket, we love finding ways to "try it before you buy it". This isn't just a catchy rhyming marketing phrase any more, it's the way we shop- for everything. More and more, we're demanding hard evidence of the quality and effectiveness of the products we purchase.

Unfortunately, when it comes to shopping around for capital medical equipment like a CT scanner, trying it before you buy isn't always easy... or cheap.

 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, CT scanner

Your GE MRI Machine is Worth...

Posted by Steve Rentz

Mar 28, 2014 12:15:00 PM

GE_MRI_ValuesYou’re looking to sell your GE MRI machine and doing your homework to find out how much it is worth? You've come to the right place!

Perhaps you have already read our blog post “How Much is My MRI Machine Worth? It’s Easier to Figure out than You Think”… and you now have all the details you need such as the date of manufacture, coils, software, serial number, etc. Perfect!

Now you say, "SHOW ME THE MONEY!"

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Valuations, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI

ONI Extremity MRI Comparison: OrthOne 1.0T vs. MSK Extreme 1.0T

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Mar 27, 2014 11:38:46 AM

OrthOne_vs_MSK_Extreme

If you’re one of the many imaging facilities considering an extremity MRI, chances are that you’ve heard of the OrthOne and MSK Extreme 1.0T, both manufactured by ONI Medical Systems (purchased by GE in 2009). As you consider both of these models, you might be asking “what is the difference?” Believe me, given that the systems look pretty much identical… you are not alone. I’ve received this question on multiple occasions, so I figured it might be time to answer in a blog!

As you can see the article is not long. This is because the differences between these models are few and relatively minor. But, for clarity's sake, let’s check them out:

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

    

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