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.

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CR Reader vs. DR Panel: Race Against the Clock [VIDEO]

Posted by John Maher

May 27, 2015 3:43:03 PM

DR_vs_CR_RaceSo, everybody knows that a DR panel is faster than a CR reader, right? But what you might not know is how much faster. Just how much time can you reclaim when you use a DR panel?

If this is something you've wondered as you consider what's next for your imaging equipment, prepare to wonder no more. The video below pits a CR reader against a DR panel in a side-by-side race, from firing X-ray to having a preview image rendered on the monitor. Watch and learn how much time and throughput a DR panel can add to your day.



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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

XR 29: NEMA White Paper Clarifies Aftermarket Add-ons, RDSR, and More

Posted by David Harns

May 22, 2015 12:49:00 PM

is-my-ct-xr-29-compliantThe discussion surrounding NEMA Standard XR-29 is about a year old at this point. We've tackled the subject in this blog on several occassions, talking about what it means, what is included in the law, what is not, and even tips to check for compliance on your own but, there are still many questions remaining. Fortunately, some new information has been released that might help answer some of them.

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Topics: Medical Imaging Compliance

MRI Coil Damage Prevention 101

Posted by Stephen Loomis

May 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Coil_HandlingWhen it comes to MRI machines, our service team has dealt with just about any kind of hiccup, setback, or outright failure you can imagine. What you might not imagine is how many of these problems can be traced back to damage caused by mishandling of coils.

The following are recommendations for handling MRI coils safely to prevent damage, preserve image quality, and save you and your team the cost and hassle of downtime.


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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

Imaging Equipment Site Drawings: The First Step to Installation Success

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

May 20, 2015 12:34:45 PM

Site_DrawingsOne of the first steps toward a successful imaging equipment installation project is acquiring a detailed set of site drawings. These drawings help determine the best equipment position for work flow, the best locations for utility hook-ups, and, sometimes, even the best equipment model for a particular space.

Of course, these drawings aren't plucked from thin air. Below is a look into what the process looks like and what your provider needs from you to make excellent drawings for your renovations and equipment installation.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management

Wireless DR Panel Ownership: The “What Ifs?”

Posted by John Maher

May 19, 2015 10:28:25 AM

Digital_X-Ray_Detector_PanelDR panels are becoming an increasingly affordable option to extend the life of existing analog X-ray equipment and improve its performance. Even so, as with any up-and-coming product, after the tech questions and the pricing questions are answered, questions about the ownership experience arise. We call these the "What ifs?" and getting strong answers to them is every bit as important as learning technical spec.

The following are some of the most common questions we get about DR panels in the clinical setting. Check out the answers to learn more about what you can expect after your DR panel is up and running.

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Topics: X-ray

Imaging Equipment Service: Cost vs. Quality

Posted by Simeon Lowe

May 14, 2015 1:17:43 PM

Service_Cost_vs_Service_QualityBefore we purchase almost anything, one of the questions we ask is, “Does the quality of this item justify its cost?” Other factors come into play but, for most, this question trumps all others. If it didn’t, most of us would either be eating Ramen noodles and listening to tapes on a Walkman, or very quickly broke from refusing to drive anything less than a Maserati with a trunk full of Maine lobster.

This concept of cost vs. quality applies when choosing your imaging equipment service provider every bit as much as it does in the market or at the car lot- and we don't think it's true that only the most expensive service provider (generally the OEM) can deliver excellent quality. Here's why:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

NEMA Standard XR-29 for CT: A Complete Guide to Checking Your System for Compliance

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

May 13, 2015 4:36:07 PM

XR-29_Self-Check_GuideThe Block Imaging team recently had the opportunity to confer with Keith Mildenberger of Neusoft Medical Systems about all things XR-29. One of the topics he was kind enough to share about was ways that facilities can check their CT scanners for the features required to be NEMA XR-29 compliant.

We'll be sharing these insights below to help you better understand which CT units will avoid reimbursement cuts and which ones won't. AND, in case you're wondering who Keith is and why we think of him as such an authority on NEMA XR-29, you should know that he had a hand in writing the standard. So, straight from the proverbial horse's mouth: How to check your CT scanner for NEMA XR-29 compliance, in 5 steps.

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Topics: Medical Imaging Compliance, CT Scanner

How Much Does a Refurbished OEC 9900 Cost?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

May 12, 2015 3:17:07 PM

9900_pricingOEC 9900 C-arms are only just beginning to be consistently available on the secondary market. Don't get us wrong, we don't mean to imply that you can find one any day of the week, but not that long ago you wouldn't have found one at all. This increase in availability (along with the subsequent increase in facilities looking to snag a 9900) has prompted a closer look at the current pricing averages for refurbished OEC 9900 C-arms.

We consulted our resident C-arm expert, Chris Sharrock about what kind of savings buyers can expect to find when they come across OEC 9900s on the refurbished market. He replied with this:

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

Imaging Service Success Story: Managing 19 Systems with One Online Tool

Posted by Jessica Whitford

May 8, 2015 12:33:00 PM

Service_Window_Success_StoryFor the last 4 years, Mobile One Medical Equipment has partnered with Block Imaging Service to provide service coverage for the 19 C-arm systems in their network. Over the course of those years, new service tools have emerged and the experience has evolved. We spoke with Michael Platz, V.P. of Technical Services at Mobile One, to learn about how the newest of these tools, Service Window, has empowered them to achieve even greater success and efficiency in the daunting task of tracking nearly 20 C-arms across 10 states. Platz took us back to the beginning and told this story: 

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

Why Radiation Safety Training?

Posted by Trish Payne

May 7, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Radiation-Safety-Training--2ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) is just one of the dozens of acronyms you're likely to hear working in the radiology field. Unfortunately, as with any other acronym that gets regular usage, the more you hear it and use it, the less likely you become to really consider its full implications.

Does everyone on your team really know and use best practice to keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable? When was the last time they had a refresher on those practices? Do you have any way of knowing or documenting that?

If your answers to the previous questions included anything like, "no" or, "I'm not sure", the following are three big reasons why you need to consider a radiation safety training program at your facility.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Medical Imaging Compliance


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