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

Breast Biopsy Reimbursements on the Rise

Posted by Jason Block

Nov 21, 2014 9:51:35 AM

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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

Mammotome Revolve Breast Biopsy Product Review

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 3, 2014 8:51:00 AM

Mammotome_Revolve_ReviewWe recently installed one of our refurbished prone biopsy tables in a hospital in downtown Chicago. Along with this table, we recommended the Mammotome Revolve biopsy device to our customer. Among the biopsy devices our engineers have worked with over the years, it was agreed that the Revolve offered the most capabilities.

The Mammotome Revolve is the most recent device in the Mammotome line. The unit features a laundry list of updates, so we'll just cover those that will make the biggest difference in your biopsy table use.

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Topics: Mammography

Prone Biopsy Table Site Planning

Posted by Jason Block

Jun 20, 2014 4:43:00 PM

Stereotactic_Table_Site_PlanningIf you're considering adding a prone stereotactic biopsy table to your department, you might be curious if you have enough space to accommodate one. While there is more than one way to effectively design a room, below are sample room drawings (click to enlarge) for the Hologic Multicare Platinum and Fischer/Siemens Mammotest Plus tables.

 

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management, Mammography

Digital Mammography System Rentals: Benefits and Pricing

Posted by Jason Block

Jun 5, 2014 9:10:00 AM

Digital_Mammo_RentalsWhether or not to upgrade your mammography equipment can be a tough decision. Of course upgrading your equipment sounds great- maybe you’re limping along with an analog mammo/CR combo or have an older digital mammo that you’d simply like to replace- but acquiring capital approval for a digital mammography system might not be realistic.

With capital budgets tight (or frozen), the uncertainty of patient referrals, and declining reimbursements, spending $100-200k to purchase a system can seem out of the question. This scenario is exactly the time to consider a rental agreement. The following are two big reasons why renting (and renting to own) a digital mammography system might be the best option for you and your facility.

 

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Rental, Mammography

3 Tips to Maximize the Life of Your Mammo Unit

Posted by Jason Block

May 28, 2014 1:44:49 PM

3_Mammo_Machine_Care_TipsNo piece of imaging equipment can last forever, but there are ways to achieve the next best thing- the longest possible operating life. With proper care, you can use your mammo longer and fetch a better resale price if you decide to upgrade in the future.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Mammography

GE Essential vs. Hologic Selenia: Digital Mammography Unit Comparison

Posted by Jason Block

Apr 25, 2014 9:02:00 AM

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At present, two of the more prominent players in digital mammography are GE and Hologic. If you're in the market for a digital mammo system, you won't get very far into your product homework before seeing both of these names surface.

For those of you that are considering the secondary market for a late-model, large-detector mammo unit, the latest used systems that you're likely to find from these manufacturers are the Senographe Essential from GE and the Selenia from Hologic.To help you learn more, we've compiled a side-by-side comparison of some of the key features of these systems.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Mammography

Selling Your Hologic Selenia Digital Mammography System

Posted by Jason Block

Mar 7, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Hologic_Selenia_Selling_Tips-1Those of you considering selling your Hologic Selenia digital mammography machine may have seen our recent post on GE digital mammos and wondered, "Hey! Where's ours?" 

A reasonable question, but don't worry- we've compiled all the same info for your equipment below: what to capture images of, average selling prices, and where to turn next in your selling process.

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, Mammography

Selling Your GE Digital Mammography System

Posted by Jason Block

Feb 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Sell_GE_Digital_Mammo_2Upgrading, consolidating, closing- there are a variety of reasons why you may be selling your GE digital mammography unit. Whatever the case, there are certain things buyers will want to know and see before they consider your system.

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, Mammography

Mammography vs. Breast MRI for Breast Cancer Detection

Posted by Garth Immelman

Jan 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

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Customers have asked us the question: “What’s the difference between getting a breast MRI versus a regular mammogram using a mammography machine?” This is a great question, the answer to which highlights the separate strengths of these modalities.

Each machine has its advantages and disadvantages that result in one being more suitable for general screening (mammography) and the other more suitable for diagnosis and staging (MRI).

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Topics: MRI, Mammography

    

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