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.

~ Block Imaging Team

GE Discovery IGS 730 vs. GE Innova IGS 530

Posted by Jeremy Block

Oct 2, 2015 5:10:01 PM

GE Healthcare has a long track record of pushing forward new advancements in interventional radiology. They also have a long track record of naming products with strings of numbers and initials that aren't as informative as one might hope. Their recent IGS labs are no exception, and the question has been put to us: "What is the difference between the GE Discovery IGS 730 and the GE Innova IGS 530?" To answer that, we took a deeper look at the specs of each system. Here's what we found:

Read More

Topics: Cath/Angio

IR vs. AEC: CT Dose Reduction Tools Compared

Posted by David Harns

Oct 1, 2015 4:42:35 PM

Radiation dose in CT scanning has always been something users have sought to minimize. In recent years, however, the call to develop tools that make dose reduction intrinsic to the way we scan, instead of a guideline that we strive to follow, has become much louder.

Read More

Topics: CT Scanner

Toshiba CXB-750D/4A Tubes: Cost, Lifespan, Reloading

Posted by Vikki Dipple

Sep 30, 2015 2:01:19 PM

The heart of your CT scanner is its X-ray tube- a part that, by necessity, requires replacement periodically. That's why there's no time like the present to learn more about your CT X-ray tube and what you can expect from it in terms of lifespan, replacement cost, and the possibility of giving it a second chance through repair and reloading.

In the case of the Toshiba Aquilion series, especially those that see use for cardiac applications, there's a good chance the tube in question is a CXB-750D/4A. We've talked with our CT Engineering and Parts Teams and compiled the details so that you can be better prepared for your next tube investment.

Read More

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

MRI Cold Heads 101

Posted by Kristin Smigiel

Sep 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Cold_Head_101.jpgIf you're new to the world of MRI, there's definitely a learning curve that can take a good chunk of time to master. Safety, maintenance, cryogens, parts- each of these areas has its own set of particulars and minding each of those particulars will help you run your system and serve your patients more efficiently.

To help you do that, we've put together a briefing on one of the MRI parts you'll need to keep an eye on as you go about the business of being an MRI provider: your MRI cold head. Keep reading to learn what it does, how long it lasts, how much it costs, and some service tips to keep it in good condition.

Read More

Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

GE Logiq Ultrasound Cost Price Guide

Posted by Jason Block

Sep 25, 2015 1:13:01 PM

GE_Logiq_Price_Cost.jpgGiven their flexibility across specialties, general imaging ultrasound systems are some of the most commonly used imaging equipment in the market today. You can find hospitals and clinics using general ultrasound for any (or all) of the following:

Read More

Topics: Ultrasound

OEC 9800 vs. OEC Brivo: C-Arm Comparison

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 18, 2015 9:30:00 AM

OEC_Brivo_vs_OEC_9800Looking at them side-by-side, you could almost draw the conclusion that the OEC Brivo was developed to be a "little brother" system to the OEC 9800- and, in some ways, you'd be right. But what does that mean, exactly? Just how different is the Brivo from its bigger, older sibling, and which applications do these differences make it suited for?

We've compared the 9800 and the Brivo across the most pertinent differentiators so that those of you on the market for your next C-arm can make an informed decision about the best C-arm fit for your facility's needs.

Read More

Topics: C-Arm

How to Prepare Your Site for a Mobile CT Rental

Posted by Becka Bowden

Sep 17, 2015 1:15:55 PM

As you worked with your provider to arrange your mobile CT rental, site readiness may not have been the first thing on your mind. Now, however, your rental start date is just around the corner and you may be asking yourself, "Are we ready?"

Advance site preparation for an upcoming rental will help streamline the setup and get your incoming CT scanning on time to accommodate your patient schedule.  On the other hand, inadequate preparation can cause serious delays and lead to rescheduling patients. To help prevent that, we suggest taking a look at the following steps so that you can build a better understanding of the preparations necessary when you rent a mobile CT. 

Read More

Topics: Imaging Equipment Rental, CT Scanner

OEC C-Arm Parts: Your First Call

Posted by Andy Jarvis

Sep 15, 2015 8:58:24 AM

As you serve patients with your OEC C-arm day after day, the occasional breakdown is inevitable. In these situations, one of the best things you can do to minimize your downtime is have a reliable parts supplier that you can reach out to as your first call. Of course, the biggest thing a first-call parts supplier needs to earn your call is consistent stock of the parts you're likely to need for your C-arm.

Below you'll find a list of OEC C-arm parts that Block Imaging has in inventory regularly (some almost constantly). Each of these parts is a solution to a major problem that can put your C-arm down and halt your ability to perform scans. To make the list a little more convenient, we've included each part's number, current average list price, and a sign or two that you may need to replace the more common ones in the near future.

Read More

Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

CR Reader vs. DR Panel: Speed Updating

Posted by John Maher

Sep 10, 2015 11:00:00 AM

If you've visited this blog before, there's a good chance you've seen a comparison or two regarding the decision to update your X-ray room with a CR reader, or with a digital radiology (DR) detector panel.

CR and DR have squared off in a race against the clock, they've introduced you to their very different teams, and now they're bringing their "A game" to show radiology directors how they can address the needs that matter to them (and their techs and patients) most. 

Read More

Topics: X-ray

OEC 9800 Video Tutorial Library

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 9, 2015 11:58:08 AM

OEC_9800_Video_Tutorials.jpgThere's nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment that comes with fixing your own problem- especially when it's a problem with mechanical or electronic equipment. Don't get us wrong, there are definitely tasks that should be left to the professionals, but there are also tasks that, with a little time and initiative, can let you grab onto that DIY pride. 

The links below will take you to video tutorials that help solve OEC 9800 problems  and keep your C-arm system in better condition to serve patients. If you see anything that you don't know about yet, click on through to see what you might need to do, which parts you may need to order, or who you might need to call. For ease of browsing, we've included some of the problems each video is meant to cure.

Read More

Topics: C-Arm


Post a Comment Here

Search this site

Subscribe to Receive Medical Imaging Articles by Email

more imaging resources

Questions? Ideas? Imaging project you'd like to discuss? Let us know!

imaging equipment pricing
medicare reimbursement calculator 2014