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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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

Medtronic O-Arm or Siemens Orbic 3D?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 19, 2015 9:14:19 AM

O-arm_in_the_bayThe Medtronic O-arm is a niche, but very interesting, machine. The unique characteristics and technological curb appeal often capture the attention of spine and neuro specialists alike.

Because of all this attention, I thought it was time to go on the record and share my thoughts on when an O-arm is a great pick, and when a 3D C-arm like the Siemens Orbic 3D might be a better choice.

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Topics: C-Arm

C-Arm Size Comparison Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 11, 2015 10:55:10 AM


After you've made some C-arm decisions about image intensifier size, software packages, generator power, and price, you may also need to consider how much C-arm your facility (and your team) can handle, that is- what C-arm footprint is best for the room you have and the maneuverability you need?

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC 9900 CCD Camera "Sticking"?

Posted by Matt Bushart

May 28, 2015 3:49:00 PM

9900_CCD_Cam_HeaderAs a part of Block Imaging's Service Team, I confront all kinds of equipment issues every day. Recently, one of the accounts I handle was experiencing "sticking" or "binding" between the gears in the CCD camera on their OEC 9900 C-arm.

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

How Much Does a Refurbished OEC 9900 Cost?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

May 12, 2015 3:17:00 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

Buying a Used C-Arm: The Top 5 Items You May Be Overlooking

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 23, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Top_5_in_Used_C_ArmsAs a provider of used and refurbished C-arm equipment, we see a lot of quotes from a lot of other equipment providers. When we see these quotes, we make the same two observations over and over again:

1. More and more people are (very wisely) shopping around.

2. There are an awful lot of "nuts and bolts" items that can be easy to overlook amongst the pages.

This article exists because of observation number 2. The following list contains 5 of the contract items most commonly overlooked by people shopping the secondary C-arm market.

When reviewing a quote, keep these in mind. It will almost always have a big impact on the bottom line of your purchase.

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Topics: C-Arm, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

How to Fix Your Sagging Mini C-Arm

Posted by David Schultz

Apr 20, 2015 1:12:00 PM

Sagging_Mini_C_ArmAre you having trouble keeping your OEC 6800 or 6600 mini C-arm in position? Does the articulating arm gradually sag lower and lower throughout your scans? There's no need to worry. This is actually a very common problem, you're certainly not the first to ask about it, and it happens to be very easy to solve as well.

Follow the 5 simple steps below to return your OEC mini C-arm to the firm, stable positioning it had when you first acquired it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

Image Intensifier Lifespan and Signs of Failure

Posted by Jordan Graham

Apr 15, 2015 4:27:00 PM

Image_Intensifier_Lifespan_and_Signs_of_FailureIf you use fluoroscopy equipment like a C-arm, an R/F room, or an analog interventional lab you've got an image intensifier (II) that will one day need to be replaced. Most IIs have years of useful life in them, but it is not at all uncommon for a fluoroscopy system to go through at least a few of them over the course of its life.

Because of this, we polled our service engineering team to find a few ways users can prolong the life of their II as well as some ways they'll be able to tell that an II failure is on the way. Keep reading to learn how you can help keep your II around longer as well as how you can know when to plan for a replacement.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts


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