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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Digital Mammography Inspection and Handling

Posted by Jason Block

Nov 4, 2015 12:27:17 PM

Some of the questions we get most often from buyers on the digital mammography market are questions about how a used mammography machine is validated and handled between its old home and its potential new home. These are excellent questions because not every equipment provider handles all of the steps involved in the same ways.

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Topics: Mammography

Mammography System Removal: How to Prepare, What to Expect

Posted by Jon Block

Oct 20, 2015 9:01:02 AM

So, you’ve decided it's time to retire your mammography system. You’ve found a buyer for the equipment and an imaging tech vendor to uninstall and remove it; now what? Perhaps there's anticipation, as you await the arrival of a new unit. Perhaps it's bittersweet as your facility closes or moves in a different direction in patient care. In either case, there is a series of steps that should be taken to save time, frustration, and money as the day approaches for this system to find a new home. The removal itself consists of several steps that you may also want to be aware of.

Some of the steps below refer to how mammo evaluation and removal are handled by Block Imaging. Specific procedures may differ from vendor to vendor but, in our eighteen years, we've found each of the points addressed here to be a best practice for an efficient inspection and a smooth removal.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management, Mammography

Hologic Selenia Detector Cost, Lifespan, and Replacement

Posted by Beka Fetters

Aug 27, 2015 3:53:00 PM

Hologic_Selenia_Detector_Cost_LifespanA dependable digital mammography unit is the cornerstone of any women's health department. Among the leaders in the digital mammo modality is the Hologic Selenia series.

While the Selenia's performance has earned it this place of favor, it's still subject to some of the same service and maintenance pratfalls of any digital X-ray equipment. One of the most serious among these is the eventuality of digital detector failure.

To help all you Selenia users out there prepare for this a little better, we've compiled information from the experiences of our parts and service teams and the facilities they serve to bring you typical cost, lifespan, and replacement information for your Hologic Selenia digital detector.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service, Mammography

Stereotactic Biopsy Table Price Cost Guide

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 22, 2015 2:29:04 PM


If you're already serving mammography patients but are hoping to expand your breast cancer screening capabilities, a dedicated stereotactic biopsy unit could be just the solution for your facility.

On top of bringing more patient services under the same roof, the choice to add stereotactic biopsy equipment can help your facility's bottom line with eligibility for reimbursements that increased almost 50% over 2014 rates in January of 2015.

Watch the video below to see current pricing for refurbished stereotactic biopsy tables. Models covered include the Hologic Multicare and Siemens/Fischer Mammotest series. You'll also see pricing for extended warranty options.


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Topics: Mammography

Digital Mammography Equipment Price/Cost Info [2015 Update]

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 10, 2015 5:36:00 PM

Digital_Mammo_Price_UpdateIf you're looking to step up your mammography capabilities with digital equipment while saving your capital budget on the refurbished market, you're most likely to find yourself choosing from two leading brands: GE and Hologic.

The video below reveals average pricing for the most popular digital mammography equipment from both manufacturers available on the secondary market.

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

Breast Density Reporting: Nationwide Soon?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Mar 11, 2015 10:00:00 AM

BreastDensityReportingMichigan is the latest (21st) state to require breast density reporting for all mammography patients. The legislation varies in wording from state to state, but the same central idea is at the heart of each individual law: Every woman who has a mammogram needs to be aware of the density level of her breast tissue, and it is the responsibility of the facility that provides the screening to make that information available to her.

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Topics: medical imaging news, Mammography

GE 2000D Mammo: X-Ray Tube Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 22, 2014 2:53:00 PM

GE_Senographe_2000D_TubesAs you consider purchasing or begin using any sort of X-ray equipment, it goes (almost) without saying that maintenance and parts replacements will, on occasion, be an essential part of your ownership experience.

To help those of you who've chosen the GE Senographe 2000D manage your expectations, we've gathered the following details on tube life expectancy and common signs of impending failure. This information comes from the experiences of our field engineers and our customers. We've also included pricing information based on current averages in the parts market.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Mammography

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

Breast Biopsy Reimbursements on the Rise

Posted by Jason Block

Nov 21, 2014 9:51:35 AM


Many of you already know this sad story, but for those of you who don't: at the beginning of 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reduced reimbursement for stereotactic needle biopsy procedures in hospitals by nearly 50%, under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS).

This "cashflow haircut" came as yet another blow to the bottom line of hospitals that have heretofore offered these services regularly, especially those in rural and inner city areas. Fortunately, recent developments could turn things around and leave stereotactic needle biopsy providers with a happy ending after all.

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Topics: medical imaging news, Mammography

Turning Used Stereotactic Tables into Refurbished Stereotactic Tables

Posted by Jason Block

Aug 7, 2014 11:18:00 AM

Turning-Used-Stereotactic-Tables-into-Refurbished-Stereotactic-TablesDepending on who you're talking to,there are quite a few definitions for the term "refurbished" out there, and not all of them indicate the level of work that you might expect. To demystify just what Block Imaging means when we say "refurbished stereotactic biopsy table," we'll walk you through the steps taken on the tables we sell.

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Topics: Mammography


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