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OEC 9800 vs. OEC Brivo: C-Arm Comparison

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 18, 2015 9:30:00 AM

OEC_Brivo_vs_OEC_9800Looking at them side-by-side, you could almost draw the conclusion that the OEC Brivo was developed to be a "little brother" system to the OEC 9800- and, in some ways, you'd be right. But what does that mean, exactly? Just how different is the Brivo from its bigger, older sibling, and which applications do these differences make it suited for?

We've compared the 9800 and the Brivo across the most pertinent differentiators so that those of you on the market for your next C-arm can make an informed decision about the best C-arm fit for your facility's needs.

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC C-Arm Parts: Your First Call

Posted by Andy Jarvis

Sep 15, 2015 8:58:24 AM

As you serve patients with your OEC C-arm day after day, the occasional breakdown is inevitable. In these situations, one of the best things you can do to minimize your downtime is have a reliable parts supplier that you can reach out to as your first call. Of course, the biggest thing a first-call parts supplier needs to earn your call is consistent stock of the parts you're likely to need for your C-arm.

Below you'll find a list of OEC C-arm parts that Block Imaging has in inventory regularly (some almost constantly). Each of these parts is a solution to a major problem that can put your C-arm down and halt your ability to perform scans. To make the list a little more convenient, we've included each part's number, current average list price, and a sign or two that you may need to replace the more common ones in the near future.

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

OEC 9800 Video Tutorial Library

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 9, 2015 11:58:08 AM

OEC_9800_Video_Tutorials.jpgThere's nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment that comes with fixing your own problem- especially when it's a problem with mechanical or electronic equipment. Don't get us wrong, there are definitely tasks that should be left to the professionals, but there are also tasks that, with a little time and initiative, can let you grab onto that DIY pride. 

The links below will take you to video tutorials that help solve OEC 9800 problems  and keep your C-arm system in better condition to serve patients. If you see anything that you don't know about yet, click on through to see what you might need to do, which parts you may need to order, or who you might need to call. For ease of browsing, we've included some of the problems each video is meant to cure.

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC 9900 C-Arm Features Overview [VIDEO]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 5, 2015 9:00:00 AM

OEC_9900_Features_Videos.pngOver the last year or so, the availability of OEC 9900 C-arms on the secondary market has grown. Along with that growth have come a lot more questions from those in the healthcare community that are looking for cost-effective ways of upgrading their imaging equipment. How is the OEC 9900 different from the 9800? What options are available on the 9900? How much does a 9900 cost? We've addressed these in earlier blogs, but now, our in-house "C-arm Guy" wants to show you around a 9900 that has just finished the refurbishment process here at Block Imaging.

Check out the videos below for a guided tour of the hardware and software of the OEC 9900 C-Arm.

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Topics: C-Arm

MediCapture USB170 vs. USB200 vs. USB300

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Aug 14, 2015 3:51:41 PM

MediCap_ComparisonIf you use mobile imaging equipment (C-arm, ultrasound, endoscope, arthroscope) that doesn't have native DICOM, getting images from those systems onto your network will require a special solution. That's exactly where the MediCapture recorder comes into play. Of course, there are three varieties of MediCapture, so there's going to be a little leg work required to find out which one best fits your needs.

Fortunately for you, we've done the leg work on MediCapture and compiled it below. Read on for a comparison of these three image transfer systems and their different capabilities.

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Topics: C-Arm, Ultrasound

Mobile C-Arms vs. Fixed Urology Systems

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 13, 2015 4:10:50 PM


When it comes to imaging equipment, today's urologist has options. Specifically: a mobile C-arm and surgical table with a monitoring system, or a dedicated, fixed urology suite.

There isn't a "right" answer when it comes to this decision- both options have their pros and cons- but, depending on the needs at your individual facility, there probably is a "best" answer.

If you could use a little clarity on the subject, the following are some of the major pros and cons, comparing the use of either a mobile C-arm and table with monitoring, or a fixed suite for your urology practice.

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC 9800 Handswitch & Footswitch Troubleshooting Basics

Posted by Chad Seelye

Aug 11, 2015 3:42:22 PM

OEC_9800_Handswitch_FootswitchThe X-ray handswitch and footswitch on your OEC 9800 are subject to a lot of wear and tear: being dropped, getting stomped on, having their cables run over. There's a pretty good chance that, over the lifetime of your C-arm, you'll have a malfunction from one or the other.

Some of these problems can be diagnosed and repaired. Others, might simply require a total replacement. The video below will give you a brief overview of what proper functionality looks like, what some common problems with hand/footswitches are, and where you should look to find the causes of these problems.


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

C-Arm Project Planning Checklist

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 28, 2015 12:05:25 PM

C-_Arm_Project_Checklist-1Each year thousands of c-arm buyers from around the world seek out our help and advice when planning their next c-arm project. We've found that there is a set of core questions and concerns common to the vast majority of them. Because these are really great questions and really important questions to consider before planning your next c-arm project, below is now a collection of the quick-link resources that can help you navigate your own c-arm project with ease and efficiency.  

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC C-Arm Flat Screen Monitor Upgrades: Bridging the 9800/9900 Gap

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 29, 2015 8:45:00 AM

OEC_Flat_Screen_Monitor_UpgradesIt's no secret that the OEC 9800 and its successor, the OEC 9900, have a lot in common when it comes to scanning patients, but when it comes to the user experience of techs and docs, the 9900 has some significant advantages: flat screen LCD monitors on an articulating boom arm.

Now, there are upgrades available that let OEC 9800 users gain those same advantages without going all in on the cost of an OEC 9900. Take a look at the video below to see a brief demonstration of the improvements on an upgraded 9800, including:

  • Greater viewing area
  • Higher resolution and brightness
  • More responsive touchscreens
  • Flexible articulating arm
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Topics: C-Arm

C-Arm Cost Price Guide [2015 Update]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 24, 2015 4:56:00 PM

C_Arm_Price_Update_2015See the video below for a simple breakdown of cost and price information for popular c-arm models from leading manufacturers, including:

  • OEC C-Arms
  • Siemens C-Arms
  • Philips C-Arms
  • Ziehm C-Arms
  • Fluoroscan C-Arms


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm


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