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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OEC 6800 vs. Hologic Insight II: Mini C-Arm Comparison

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Feb 11, 2016 3:59:59 PM

6800_vs_insight.jpgIf you specialize in hands and wrists or feet and ankles, a mini C-arm is likely to be a prominent piece of your imaging equipment stable. Given this demand, manufacturers have stepped up to meet it with a variety of offerings. Among the leading systems in this niche are the OEC 6800 and the Hologic Insight II.

Depending on what your needs and priorities are, either of these models could be a good fit for your practice. To help you make that decision, we've compared the strengths of the 6800 and the Insight II below.

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Topics: C-Arm

How To Tell If Your CT Tube Is About To Fail

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Feb 8, 2016 3:13:05 PM

Signs_of_Tube_Failure.jpgAt the heart of every CT scanner is its X-ray tube. More so than any other component, keeping careful tabs on the functioning of the CT tube can mitigate the cost of owning and operating a CT system. Unfortunately, some people only start thinking about the remaining lifespan of their X-ray tube after the system has been installed and in use for several years. This can mean that some damage has already been done.

On the bright side, there are early warning signs that CT users can watch out for to identify when CT tube help is needed. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

Philips CTs: MX8000 vs Brilliance Scanners

Posted by Paul Crawford

Feb 5, 2016 9:11:07 AM

MX8000_IDT_16_vs_Brilliance_16.jpgWhen discussing 16-slice Philips CT scanners, the first distinction that must be made is which version we're talking about: the MX8000 IDT 16 or the Philips Brilliance 16. I’ll try to demystify the difference between them and help you determine which one is best for your needs (or maybe even help identify which one you already own). 

The main reason for the confusion is simply that there are two names for four types of systems. Knowing which one you're looking at can be important, as there are pretty dramatic differences in their features and prices.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, CT Scanner

How to Set the Date and Time on a GE Precision 500D

Posted by James Porchik

Feb 4, 2016 11:31:08 AM

500D_date_and_time.jpgIf you're going to keep accurate patient records, your imaging equipment needs to show the correct date and time on each scan it takes.  Of course, if you've ever tried to reset the clock on your car stereo or program your DVR, you know that, where technology is concerned, seemingly simple tasks can often have more steps than you may anticipate. This is the case for the date and time settings on the Precision 500D R/F room, but we can help.

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to set the date and time on your Precision 500D.



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Topics: X-ray

How Much Does a C-Arm Rental Cost?

Posted by Becka Bowden

Feb 1, 2016 12:24:39 PM

C-Arm_Rental_2016.jpgAn interim C-Arm rental can make good sense in a lot of different scenarios. Most often, when people talk to us about a rental, one of the following is true:

     • You need to test your market to know if buying a C-Arm will be a good investment for you.  

     • You find the C-Arm you own down for repair and you do not expect it to be up and running anytime soon.

     • You are running a training/continuing education course and need C-arms to demonstrate procedures. 

     • You are working to pare down a backlog of patients.

     • You have money in the operating budget, but not so much in the capital budget.

Whatever the reason, consider the following costs to make your c-arm rental work for you.

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

C-Arm Equipment Package Price Cost Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jan 29, 2016 5:04:45 PM

C-arm_Package_Pricing.jpgWhen the time comes to invest in capital equipment, knowing how to budget is one of the first tasks on many people's agenda. Setting up a facility with a C-arm package is no exception. To make your budget homework even simpler, we put our entire collection of C-arm equipment price blogs in one place. From how much a refurbished C-arm system will cost to purchase, to how much it will cost to maintain, use the links below to learn what you expect to spend as you build your C-arm equipment package


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Topics: C-Arm, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

DEXA Service Cost Price Info

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Jan 28, 2016 11:23:09 AM

DEXA_Service_Pricing.pngIf you provide DEXA service to patients, eventually, you'll need someone to provide service for your DEXA equipment. Preventative maintenance, repairs, replacement parts- all of these will be necessary at one time or another, but how much can you expect to pay for that kind of coverage? We can help you get an idea.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Bone Densitometer, Parts & Service

Low Field Open MRI vs Closed MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jan 27, 2016 4:11:43 PM

Open_MR_vs_Closed_MR.jpgUnderpowered, underutilized, and sometimes misunderstood, open MRI systems are often under-appreciated here in the USA and ignored in other “developed” countries. 

Many radiologists don’t want to read from open MRIs, governments and insurers don’t want to pay for them, and the appetite for higher and higher powered magnets has, in many cases, relegated the open MRI to a “back-up” role in larger imaging facilities. Whether or not that relegation is deserved, it’s a fact that the demand for low-field open MRI (.2T - .35T) has never been greater in developing countries. So what exactly is the market for open MRI vs closed MRI?

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Top Imaging Equipment Service Articles of 2015

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Jan 22, 2016 2:04:55 PM

Jordan_Service_Graphic.jpgThe team at Block Imaging spent 2015 creating content about all kinds of imaging equipment. On top of that, we had a few things to say about keeping all those systems up and running. To share a few highlights with you, we've brought all the best articles created by our Service Team together in one place for easy reference. Whether you're looking for service options, replacement parts, or a more specific troubleshooting guide, there's sure to be something helpful in the list below.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, C-Arm, Parts & Service, CT Scanner

Do Aftermarket Add-Ons Provide NEMA XR-29 Compliance for CT?

Posted by David Harns

Jan 18, 2016 11:01:18 AM

XR-29_Aftermarket.jpgSince its introduction in 2013, XR-29 has been a source of confusion for CT buyers and providers alike. For facilities operating under tighter budget constraints, the prospect of replacing their CT equipment has also been a source of financial concern. Much effort and many resources have been poured into finding/developing affordable ways for imaging facilities to achieve compliance without the capital expenditure of a brand-new, late-model CT scanner or, depending on who the equipment’s original manufacturer is, a costly compliance upgrade.

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Topics: medical imaging news, CT Scanner


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