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

Philips CT and PET/CT Production Suspended: Market Implications

Posted by Jason Crawford

Apr 22, 2014 2:56:00 PM

Philips_Temporary_SuspensionYou may have heard the news that Philips has voluntarily made the decision to cease US production of certain CT and PET/CT devices. The decision came after a recent FDA inspection and seems to be a temporary measure while the manufacturer works to resolve issues with their documentation. This is a great reminder of how seriously the FDA takes process controls and documentation for the purpose of maintaining the highest standards of safety in products in the marketplace.

Read More

Topics: PET/CT, CT scanner, medical imaging news

What to Expect During Your CT Scanner Project

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Apr 21, 2014 12:31:00 PM

CT_Scanner_Project_Walk-ThroughThe process of changing your CT scanner moves through several big phases: picking the one that fits you best, building a budget, getting it up and running in your facility, and keeping it performing at peak levels. Each of these phases is packed with its own details and its own challenges. The links below will take you to articles that address many of these details and help you build more realistic expectations of the process. These articles are based on the experiences the Block Imaging team has had over the last 15 years of selling and installing CTs and, more recently, refurbishing and servicing them. 

Read More

Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, CT scanner

OEC 9800 Image Swap Settings

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Apr 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

OEC_9800_Image_SwapPeople frequently come to our service team when they have C-arm questions. Being that it's one of the most commonly used C-arms in imaging, a lot of these questions revolve around the OEC 9800.

Recently, a customer contacted us asking how to manage the image swap settings on their system. Fortunately, this is a quick and easy adjustment anyone can make on their 9800. One of our C-arm service engineers took a few minutes to catch the steps on video and, voilà! Question answered. Watch below to see how it's done.

 

Read More

Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

MD Expo Las Vegas 2014 Recap

Posted by Kris Seelye

Apr 16, 2014 9:30:00 AM

MD_Expo_Las_Vegas_RecapHere we are, back in Michigan (it's 25° out as I write this), freshly returned from Las Vegas (where it will be 84° today) and the first of this year's 3 MD Expo gatherings. Last week's show was a great one, with dozens of opportunities to connect with end users, dealers, and rock n' roll legends alike.

Read More

Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

What to Expect During Your Cath Lab Project

Posted by David McAndrews

Apr 15, 2014 8:50:00 AM

Cath_Lab_Project_Walk_ThroughFrom selection, to budgeting, to installation, to ongoing maintenance- the links below will take you to articles that will walk you through the major steps of a cath lab project. These articles are based on the experiences the Block Imaging team has had over the last 15 years of selling and installing interventional equipment and, more recently, refurbishing and servicing it. 

Read More

Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

OEC Urology: Your Options Now

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 11, 2014 4:44:12 PM

OEC_Urology_UroviewOEC discontinued the last model in their Uroview product line (the Uroview 2800) in 2006. But, just because you won't be seeing any more new Uroviews doesn't mean that OEC is out of the urology market altogether. There are still options available to the OEC loyalist who wants to break into urology or upgrade their existing uro platform. Below are two routes you can take to high-quality uro functionality from OEC.

Read More

Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, X-ray

DXA Body Composition Scanning: Missed Potential for Patients and Imaging Centers?

Posted by Garth Immelman

Apr 10, 2014 4:00:00 PM

DXA_Body_Composition_ScansOne of the main goals of the medical profession is to improve patient health in as many ways as possible with the equipment at hand. Sometimes though, it can be easy to overlook some of the potential applications of our equipment and, thereby, miss out on the potential benefits. One such case is using bone density scanners (aka dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry or, DXA scanners) to measure body composition.

Read More

Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Bone Densitometer

How to Connect an OEC 9900 C-Arm to PACS

Posted by Michael Rivas

Apr 7, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Connecting_9900_to_PACSSo, it's your big day! Your OEC 9900 C-arm has arrived and you're anxious to start scanning patients. Unfortunately, one last obstacle remains in your path to imaging glory: connecting the system to your PACS network for image storage.

Read More

Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

"Why Is an MRI so Loud?" And Other Questions from the Bore

Posted by Lauren Olin

Apr 4, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Why_Is_an_MRI_LoudWorking for a company in the medical imaging equipment industry, I look at this equipment a little differently. Whenever a friend or family member has a procedure done, I’m asking, “Which machine?" "Which manufacturer?"  "Didn’t you ask?” 

Of course, these questions are probably far different than those running through the mind of the average MRI patient. So, when I had an MRI of my own done (it was on a GE Excite 1.5T, FYI), I tried to put myself in their metaphorical shoes and think about what they would ask. The longer I laid there, the more questions came to mind, namely, these three:

 

Read More

Topics: MRI

Nuclear Camera Site Preparation

Posted by Danny Fisher

Apr 2, 2014 3:00:38 PM

Nuclear_Camera_Site_PrepPreparing your facility to receive any new piece of medical imaging equipment can be a process with a lot of moving parts. Preparing for a nuclear camera is no exception. 

Here at Block Imaging, our Project Management Team has worked alongside dozens of sites to see their buildings prepped and their nuclear cameras installed. For those of you who are just beginning a nuclear camera project, we've compiled a list of recommendations that will help make your preparations quicker and more thorough. Take a look and see what you can do to be ready for your delivery day.

Read More

Topics: Nuclear Camera, Imaging Equipment Project Management

    

Subscribe to Receive Medical Imaging Articles by Email

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