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 healthcare providers worldwide can extend the lives of patients. This is why we answer your imaging equipment questions.

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How to Prepare for Your C-Arm's Arrival

Posted by Micah Plimpton

Nov 25, 2015 9:06:34 AM

C_Arm_Delivery.jpgIf you've cruised the C-arm market, compared prices, and finally settled on the best C-arm model for your needs, congratulations! Your C-arm order is underway and soon to be delivered to your site. In the meantime, however, there are several things that you'll need to think about to prepare for and coordinate your system's delivery and installation.

Because we work with C-arm buyers every day, we thought it might be helpful to share what, in our experience, are questions that will need to be addressed before your C-arm (and the truck that will come with it) are on your doorstep. Keep reading so that you can know how to prevent delays and get your C-arm scanning as soon as possible after delivery.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Used and Refurbished C-Arms: How Important Is System Age?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 23, 2015 4:38:27 PM

C_Arm_Age_Header.jpgOne of the first questions we’re asked when we propose a used or refurbished C-arm to a customer is, “What year was it made?” This is a logical question to ask; a question one asks almost any time they buy something used. In the case of used C-arms, there are several reasons this information seems important, but simply knowing the date of manufacture (DOM) of a system can be deceiving.

The following are a few better ways to find out what you really want to know about used and refurbished C-arms.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

3 Advantages to Having a Motor-Driven OEC 9800

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 11, 2015 9:42:13 AM

The OEC 9800 MD (motor-driven) isn't a new variation of the popular 9800 product line, but the last year or so has seen an increased number of these units become available for purchase on the used and refurbished equipment market. With this increase in availability, we're getting more questions than ever about what the 9800 MD has to offer.

Here are three advantages your facility can benefit from with the use of an OEC 9800 MD

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Topics: C-Arm

Mini C-Arm Prices: How Much is a Mini C-Arm Really Going to Cost?

Posted by Josh Block

Nov 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

mini c-arm priceSo, you’re looking to step up your C-Arm imaging capabilities without feeding your budget (not to mention all your space) to the “C” monster. The spine, back, and pain physicians are always hogging the full-size C-Arm and you're just looking to heal a hand or a foot! Logically, the first option that comes to mind is the Mini-C. From there, you end up wondering about mini C-Arm prices, typing your questions into the nearest search bar, and then reading a helpful blog that breaks it all down for you. Great story huh? Well, stop clicking your heels Dorothy, ‘cause this ain’t Kansas and you’re right in the middle of it!

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

OEC Image Intensifier Power Supplies: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Garth Immelman

Oct 8, 2015 5:17:07 PM

When OEC C-arm users think of the "core parts" of their system the image intensifier (II) usually comes to mind. While it is true that the II is absolutely essential to any analog C-arm, this crucial piece couldn't get its job done without the little metal box we'll be talking about today: the image intensifier power supply.

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

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


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