Your Guide to Medical Imaging Equipment

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What's Hot for C-Arms at RSNA 2014?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 26, 2014 1:27:56 PM

RSNA_2014_C-ArmWith just a few more days before RSNA 2014 kicks off, I sat down with our resident C-arm expert, Chris Sharrock, to find out what to look out for on the show floor for one of our top modalities.

Chris gave me the top three C-arm topics he'll be keeping his eye on next week in Chicago.

Orthoscan Mini C-Arms

"I'll be spending some time at the Orthoscan booth this year. Although Orthoscan is still a relatively young company, they have grown their market share quickly."  Chris attributes much of this growth to Orthoscan "advancing their technology faster than anyone else in the space; particularly in the area of flat-panel, digital mini C-arms."

If you are a podiatrist, orthopod, or extremity specialist, Chris recommends you make the Orthoscan booth one of your stops to see the latest and greatest in mini C-arms, as well as where the future is headed.

C-Arm Market Changes

Chris also expressed excitement at seeing some of the changes in the overall c-arm market. "When I think back to RSNA 2013 and where pricing was for the most-requested items like [OEC] 9800s, Siemens Avantics, and Philips Pulseras, it was encouraging to see these flagship models becoming available at much lower prices. It will be interesting to get a broader feel for how far this has continued over the last year," he said.

With this downward trend in pricing, Chris is looking forward to the secondary C-arm market improving its ability to provide the benefits of top models to a wider base of facilities. 

Flatscreen Monitors for OEC C-Arms

Prior to the release of the 9900, all OEC C-arms came from the factory with CRT monitors. Chris and I talked about recent developments that allow the 9900's predecessor, the OEC 9800, to be upgraded with flat LCD touchscreens. 

Chris told me, "OEC has been offering this for about a year, [but] it's now available from third parties at a much lower price point. The ability to extend a second chance at life to your existing equipment while, at the same time, making some great improvements in image quality is something I think folks will be interested to learn more about."


Will You Be There? 

If you're planning to attend RSNA 2014, we'd love to talk C-arms with you! Stop by the Block Imaging booth, #3129 hall A, to chat with Chris or any of Block's other modality specialists.



Written by Jordan Batterbee and Chris Sharrock

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Industry Meetings

GE AMX IV Plus vs. Source-Ray SR130: Portable X-Ray Comparison

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Nov 25, 2014 4:24:32 PM

AMX_iv_Plus_vs_sr-130When it comes to portable X-ray, the GE AMX series is almost a "household" name at hospitals across the US and in a number of other counrtries, and rightfully so. The AMX has proven itself reliable and functional for quite some time. Why then, are we taking the time to suggest that some of our customers might find a different product to be a better choice for their portable X-ray needs? 

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Topics: X-ray

RSNA 2014 Preview

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 24, 2014 10:52:00 AM


With the end of November nearly upon us, it's time for another trip to Chicago's McCormick Place for the annual RSNA meeting. As with meetings passed, the program for RSNA 2014 is seemingly overflowing with brain candy for the medical imaging geek in all of us: an X-ray art exhibit, a virtual presentation by radiology forefather, Wilhelm Roentgen, informative speakers from across the field, and much more. 

With all of these "big picture" events on the docket for next week, we wanted to take a little time to ask some of the individuals on our team one-on-one what they're most excited about.

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

Breast Biopsy Reimbursements on the Rise

Posted by Jason Block

Nov 21, 2014 9:51:35 AM


Many of you already know this sad story, but for those of you who don't: at the beginning of 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reduced reimbursement for stereotactic needle biopsy procedures in hospitals by nearly 50%, under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS).

This "cashflow haircut" came as yet another blow to the bottom line of hospitals that have heretofore offered these services regularly, especially those in rural and inner city areas. Fortunately, recent developments could turn things around and leave stereotactic needle biopsy providers with a happy ending after all.

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Topics: medical imaging news, Mammography

Used GE 450w MRI Scanners: When Will They Be Available?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Nov 18, 2014 2:29:47 PM


Top-notch image clarity, high patient comfort, efficient workflow; admittedly, the GE 450w 1.5T is a pretty awesome MRI scanner. Unless you're holding out for 3T technology, it probably wouldn't hurt your feelings to see one of these land on your loading dock tomorrow.

Trouble is, they're still quite new, quite pricey, and quite rare. So, when will used GE 450w magnets be available?

As a used and refurbished MRI dealer, we make a point of keeping tabs on this sort of thing. Below is our educated guess on what to expect and when to expect it.

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Topics: MRI

Medical Device Excise Tax: What the 2014 Elections Mean

Posted by Adam Desjardins

Nov 13, 2014 1:18:00 PM

Medical_Device_Excise_Tax_ElectionsAs the election results from November 4, 2014 sink in, it’s natural to wonder whether there will be any impact on our industry. With the control of the US Senate shifting to Republicans for the first time since 2008, one change that could be on the horizon is the repeal of the Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET).  

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Topics: medical imaging news

What Does "End of Life" Mean for MRI Scanners?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Nov 12, 2014 10:08:24 AM

EOL_MRIHas your OEM thrown around the term “end of life” as they refer to your oldie-but-a-goodie MRI system?  I’ve had recent conversations in which customers have told me that the MRI system they've had for only 5 years is coined “end of life” by the OEM and they've asked exactly what this might mean for them and the equipment in their facilities. What’s all this about?

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

XR-29, SmartDose Update

Posted by David Harns

Nov 10, 2014 12:43:00 PM

XR-29_UpdateIf you've been keeping track of what NEMA standard XR-29 could mean for your CT scanning facility, we've got some new details for you that will help clarify exactly what effect the standard will have on your reimbursements (if any).

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Topics: CT Scanner

The State of Imaging Equipment Service Report

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 7, 2014 9:21:47 AM

State_of_Service_ReportAre you satisfied with your equipment service provider? All the time? In some areas, but not others? As an independent imaging equipment service provider, we hear customer feedback every day from people with a wide variety of experiences: from those who've tried everything to those who've only and always used the options offered by their system's OEM. 

With this kind of information coming into our email inboxes and over our phone lines consistently, we decided to conduct a survey of the general satisfaction level of imaging service industry customers to see what's being done well and what's in need of improvement. We polled across these key areas:

  • Call center experience
  • Communication
  • Service sales experience
  • Cost of service
  • Overall level of care

Some of the results were surprising, while others matched precisely what we hear regularly. See a brief sample of what we learned below to see how it aligns with your personal service experiences.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

When Is Short-Bore MRI Too Short?

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Nov 5, 2014 11:15:44 AM

Short_Bore_Pros_and_ConsOver the last several years, MRI systems have continued to evolve and become more patient-friendly. Bore size, noise reduction, faster scan times- all of these have been adapted to accommodate large, claustrophobic, and just plain nervous patients while they're on the table.

This is well and good for the overall experience of receiving an MRI scan, but is there a point at which gains in comfort compromise functionality? In short: yes, but it may be worth it for some facilities.

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Topics: MRI


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