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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MRI Info Video Collection: Top Picks

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Oct 9, 2015 3:21:17 PM

Whether you're new to following the Block Imaging Blog, or just stopping by to learn more about MRI we've collected some of our top informational videos as well as video versions of some of our most popular MRI blogs so that you can find answers to common MRI questions quickly and easily.

Check out the clips below to learn more about magnet strength, MRI patient comfort, maintenance and service, and how much you can expect to pay for an MRI machine.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

MRI Cold Heads 101

Posted by Kristin Smigiel

Sep 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Cold_Head_101.jpgIf you're new to the world of MRI, there's definitely a learning curve that can take a good chunk of time to master. Safety, maintenance, cryogens, parts- each of these areas has its own set of particulars and minding each of those particulars will help you run your system and serve your patients more efficiently.

To help you do that, we've put together a briefing on one of the MRI parts you'll need to keep an eye on as you go about the business of being an MRI provider: your MRI cold head. Keep reading to learn what it does, how long it lasts, how much it costs, and some service tips to keep it in good condition.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

Top Four Part Failures for GE 1.5T MRI

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Aug 20, 2015 1:59:22 PM

GE_1.5T_PartsGE 1.5T MRI scanners are among the most popular systems in the world. They're reliable, easy to service, and when maintained properly, produce high-quality images. Still, like any frequently-used machine, they are subject to wear and tear and eventual parts failure.

If you're new to GE 1.5T ownership or considering a purchase, the following are some of the most common parts failures reported to our service team. Keep them in mind to help you and your team stay ahead of equipment downtime.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

Top MRI Manufacturers Compared: Choosing the Best for Your Needs

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 29, 2015 1:58:00 PM

MRI_Manufacturer_ComparisonHundreds of people have come to us over the years with a wide variety of MRI needs and, depending on what those needs were, we've had occasion to direct them to many different models from many different manufacturers. Why? Not all MRI scanners are equal across all of the aspects that users value.

To help you begin building an idea of what to expect, we point out some of the big considerations we've seen buyers grapple with. Individual cases may vary but, in our experience and the experiences our partners have shared with us, the following are a snapshot of what each of these "major players" looks like on the third-party market.

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Topics: MRI

Hitachi Airis Elite vs. GE Ovation: Open MRI Compared

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jul 24, 2015 1:29:00 PM


If you’re like most people looking for a Hitachi Airis Elite right now, you might be wondering what happened to the market. The availability of Elites has plummeted, and fast. Heck, it’s even difficult to find Airis II magnets right now. So, what can you do if you’re in need of the capabilities of an Airis Elite but can’t find one?

Answer: Consider the .35T GE Ovation

The Ovation can do everything the Elite can do and, in most cases, can do it better. Take a look at the technical comparison below to see which features these systems share and some additional areas in which the Ovation shines.

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Topics: MRI

MRI Coil Damage Prevention 101

Posted by Stephen Loomis

May 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Coil_HandlingWhen it comes to MRI machines, our service team has dealt with just about any kind of hiccup, setback, or outright failure you can imagine. What you might not imagine is how many of these problems can be traced back to damage caused by mishandling of coils.

The following are recommendations for handling MRI coils safely to prevent damage, preserve image quality, and save you and your team the cost and hassle of downtime.


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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

GE MRI Scanner Cost Price Info [2015 Update]

Posted by Steve Rentz

Apr 13, 2015 4:26:00 PM

GE_MRI_Price_2015Watch the video below for average costs on GE MRI scanners. You'll see prices including delivery and installation for:

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

GE EXCITE HDxt 1.5T MRI Lease Price Guide

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Apr 8, 2015 11:06:00 AM

EXCITE_HDxt_Lease_PriceOften referred to as a “15x” or “16x” system, the EXCITE HDxt is a widely popular platform within the family of GE MR systems available on the secondary market. This is due, in large part, to its near-current software and higher-end image capabilities.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Financing

FDA Issues GE MRI Machine Recall

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Feb 24, 2015 4:06:09 PM

GE_MRI_recallOn February 18th, the FDA issued a recall of all GE MRI scanners with superconducting magnets. This includes 33 models in the GE line manufactured over the last 30 years. As a result of this order, thousands of units will need to be inspected and, potentially, corrected.

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Topics: MRI, medical imaging news

Best Orthopedic Radiology Resources for Orthopedic Practice Managers

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Feb 11, 2015 1:05:22 PM

Orthopedic_Resources_HeaderWhether you're an orthopedic veteran or just starting out, you already know there are a lot of moving parts to keeping a practice running smoothly. Among those parts, of course, are the imaging systems you'll use to diagnose and treat your patients and all the "nuts and bolts" aspects of owning and operating them. That's precisely why we've compiled the following list of resource links. From choosing your systems, to getting them into your your building, to keeping them in peak operating shape, to estimating incoming revenue- there's something helpful for every stage of the orthopod game below.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, C-Arm, X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management


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