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 Allura FD10 vs. Allura FD20 Cath/Angio Comparison

Posted by David McAndrews

Dec 17, 2014 2:43:04 PM

Philips_FD20_InstalledThe Philips Allura FD20 and FD10 are very similar machines in most respects. The main difference between them is their primary mission. The FD20 was designed with angiography in mind. The FD10 was designed to accommodate cardiology. Still, both units have some flexibility to work in one another's area of focus, although they were not specifically designed for those areas.

To keep you better informed about where each of these systems shines, we've compiled a short list of the most relevant similarities and differences below. Be the first on your block to read 'em all!

 

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Topics: Cath/Angio

GE Essential Mammo: X-Ray Tube Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Chad Seelye

Dec 16, 2014 2:55:00 PM

GE_Essential_TubeAs is the case with all equipment that uses X-ray technology, the X-ray tube on the GE Essential digital mammography system will require replacement periodically over the course of its life. If you're a veteran to the imaging world, this is a reality you're probably all too familiar with.

As you begin what is, hopefully, a long and fruitful relationship with your GE Essential, it'll be helpful for you to know how long you can expect your X-ray tube to last as well as how much you can expect to spend when the time comes to replace it. To that end, we've compiled the details below based on the experiences of our engineering team and our service customers, as well as current pricing on the parts market.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Mammography

3 Reasons Why GE CT Scanners Cost More

Posted by Jeremy Block

Dec 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Why_GE_Costs_MoreI am regularly asked, "Why does a GE CT scanner cost so much more than the other manufacturers?" We frequently see GE 8-slice CTs going for the same price as a Philips or Siemens 16-slice and this is similarly true for higher-end equipment. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Here are three main reasons we have found GE CT scanners have a higher initial cost.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Copley 274 Gradient Parts: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Chad Seelye

Dec 10, 2014 5:04:10 PM

Phlips_Gradient_Copley_274The Copley 274 gradient amplifier is used with the Philips Intera 1.5T MRI scanner. Inside the gradient cabinet are three parts that most Intera users will find themselves replacing at one point or another.

  • Gradient Module
  • Gradient power supply
  • Gradient controller

If you're reading this and you have an Intera, I'd be willing to bet a modest sum of American dollars (or, perhaps, Malaysian Ringgits) the next two questions you have are: "How often do I need to replace these?" AND "How much will it cost?"

Read on to find out just what you can expect from your Copley gradient components.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

OEC 9900 Hardware and Software Options

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Dec 9, 2014 3:45:35 PM

OEC_9900_C-Arm_Options

Just like the 9800 before it, the OEC 9900 is a C-arm that comes with a variety of hardware configurations and software packages. If you're not sure whether the 9900 would be a good fit for the specialties you plan to practice at your facility, take a look at the list below to see if there's a hardware and software pairing that will work together to meet your needs.

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Topics: C-Arm

RSNA 2014: Day Five Recap

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 4, 2014 8:56:15 PM

RSNA_2014_Day_FiveAlthough RSNA 2014 will continue with educational sessions tomorrow, today we close the doors of the exhibition halls and say goodbye to the hustling, bustling aisles until November 2015. It's been yet another fun and informative week learning what the collective efforts of our radiology colleagues have brought about in the last year and collaborating with them to build a shared vision for the next.

We'll leave all of you at your homes or offices with the top themes from our final day on the floor at McCormick Place.

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

RSNA 2014: Day Four Recap

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 3, 2014 8:41:00 PM

RSNA_2014_Day_FourAll of RSNA 2014 has been packed with opportunities to grow product knowledge and build relationships with others in the imaging field, and day four was no exception, especially in the area of field service and replacement parts. A quick poll among our team members yielded the following as some of the top takeaways from today's time on the floor. 

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

RSNA 2014: Day Three Recap

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 3, 2014 2:17:00 AM

RSNA_2014_Day_ThreeRSNA "hump day" has come and gone and the Block Imaging team waits with bated breath to see what other big announcements, game-changing updates, and opportunities to build new connections in the imaging community are coming up in the show's second half. If you missed our recaps for day one or day two, be sure to read up on what happened in the first half. As for day three, we'll give you the rundown on what we saw, heard, learned, and did below.

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

RSNA 2014: Day Two Recap

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 1, 2014 10:14:00 PM

RSNA_2014_Day_TwoDay two of the annual RSNA gathering in the exhibition hall at Chicago's McCormick Place has drawn to a close. Our team has been (as any of you past attendees will know) on our feet most of the day, hoofing it from meeting to meeting and stopping to learn as much as we can about new technology and partnerships at many of the booths in between. Here are a few highlights of what we've seen today:

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

RSNA 2014: Day One Recap

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 1, 2014 12:29:00 AM

RSNA_2014_Day_OneI think I speak for our entire team when I say we're excited to be at another RSNA and even more excited to share the experience day-to-day, through blogging, with all our friends and business partners who can't be here in person. Be sure to check back for more as the week goes on.

That said, let's dive into what we've seen already trending, emerging, and changing in radiology for the upcoming year right now, here at McCormick Place as RSNA 2014 kicks off!

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Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings

    

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