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

Why Is My R/F Room Tape Measure off by 12"?

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Mar 26, 2015 1:39:05 PM

LegacyTapeMeasureHeaderIf you're a radiology veteran, this is a question that probably has you rolling your eyes.

Still- it's one we get on a fairly consistent basis so, in the interest of helping out all the noobs in the house, we put together a concise description and a few photos that should clear up where in the world the first foot of your R/F (or rad room) tape measure went.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, X-ray

How Much Does a CT Scanner Cost?

Posted by Paul Crawford

Mar 24, 2015 3:11:43 PM

CTPriceCostGuideEvery day people ask me, “How much should I budget for a CT Scanner?” and that is just too broad of a question. It is a little like asking how much a car costs. A Ford Pinto isn’t going to cost you much... you may be able to just pull it for free off my neighbor’s front lawn… but that Maserati is going to be a touch more expensive.

So in order to make sure you get the CT Scanner you need for the right price you should be ready to answer the following questions:

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost, CT Scanner

Replace Your CR? Or Upgrade to Digital X-Ray?

Posted by John Maher

Mar 19, 2015 3:18:00 PM

CRreplacevs.DRupgradeIf your CR reader has been in service for a number of years, the title of this blog may be the kind of equipment decision you'll be faced with in the very near future. However, just like all those imaging directors years ago that first faced the decision of moving from film processing to CR, you know that this decision isn't so much a question of one product being better than the other (if you're unfamiliar with the benefits of DR, click here), rather, it's a question of timing. Is right now a strategically sound time to take the leap into a digital X-ray system?

Keep reading for details on cost, ROI, and workflow management that might help clarify what you're getting into as you approach this decision.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

How Much Does a PET/CT Scanner Cost? 2015 Update

Posted by Josh Nunez

Mar 17, 2015 12:25:00 PM

PETCTPriceCostNot a week goes by where I don’t get the question, "How much does a PET/CT cost?" We are involved with the buying, selling and installing of refurbished PET/CT scanners on a daily basis. So, while the answer depends on a number of factors, the single most determinative factor is the number of slices the CT has. 

The old adage, “you get what you pay for” is very true in the realm of PET/CT. The more slices, the more money you will pay. Watch the video below to see current average prices for used PET/CT scanners across the full range of slice counts. 


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, PET/CT, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Breast Density Reporting: Nationwide Soon?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Mar 11, 2015 10:00:00 AM

BreastDensityReportingMichigan is the latest (21st) state to require breast density reporting for all mammography patients. The legislation varies in wording from state to state, but the same central idea is at the heart of each individual law: Every woman who has a mammogram needs to be aware of the density level of her breast tissue, and it is the responsibility of the facility that provides the screening to make that information available to her.

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Topics: medical imaging news, Mammography

RF Generator Reimbursements and ROI

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Mar 9, 2015 12:05:53 PM

RFGeneratorROIIf you're considering the acquisition of a radiofrequency (RF) generator for your pain management practice, you've probably already wondered how much one will cost you. If you haven't found an answer yet, you can find one in our earlier blog, Radiofrequency Generator Price Cost Guide.

Once you know the cost of the equipment, you might also begin to wonder at what point it will pay for itself and begin to supplement your facility's bottom line. That's exactly what we'll cover below.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Financing

X-Ray Machine Cost Price Guide

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Mar 4, 2015 1:40:00 PM

X-raycostpriceIn many cases across the medical field, the X-ray machine is the most basic building block in a stable of imaging equipment. Even so, outfitting your facility with the fundamentals still constitutes a substantial capital cost. This is where the refurbished market shines: essential equipment, for a fraction of the price of new.

The video below will detail current average prices for the most popular X-ray machine models you'll find on the refurbished imaging equipment market.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Time & Materials Imaging Equipment Service: Manage Your Risk Strategically

Posted by Gabe Viscomi

Mar 3, 2015 4:44:12 PM

TimeandMaterialsStrategicWhether your budget  won’t allow for a full service agreement or if you simply have a higher risk tolerance than many, you have choices when it comes to picking service for your medical imaging equipment.

If you prefer to manage your equipment risk yourself, paying for service calls and parts as you go, the following are some pointers that can help you achieve the best results possible from your time and materials service.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

My OEC 9800MD Joystick Won't Work!

Posted by Matt Bushart

Feb 27, 2015 2:18:00 PM


So, you're new to using the OEC 9800MD. You've got it fired up, and you're eager to try out the remote-controlled movements from the remote user interface (RUI) but, no matter where you push the joystick, the C-arm doesn't move at all. What gives? 

Our service team has gotten calls like this from frustrated people before and, luckily, the most common solution is extremely simple. Take a look below to see what might be wrong and how you can fix it.

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

FDA Issues GE MRI Machine Recall

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Feb 24, 2015 4:06:09 PM

GE_MRI_recallOn February 18th, the FDA issued a recall of all GE MRI scanners with superconducting magnets. This includes 33 models in the GE line manufactured over the last 30 years. As a result of this order, thousands of units will need to be inspected and, potentially, corrected.

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Topics: MRI, medical imaging news


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