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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Low Field Open MRI vs Closed MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jan 27, 2016 4:11:43 PM

Open_MR_vs_Closed_MR.jpgUnderpowered, underutilized, and sometimes misunderstood, open MRI systems are often under-appreciated here in the USA and ignored in other “developed” countries. 

Many radiologists don’t want to read from open MRIs, governments and insurers don’t want to pay for them, and the appetite for higher and higher powered magnets has, in many cases, relegated the open MRI to a “back-up” role in larger imaging facilities. Whether or not that relegation is deserved, it’s a fact that the demand for low-field open MRI (.2T - .35T) has never been greater in developing countries. So what exactly is the market for open MRI vs closed MRI?

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Top Imaging Equipment Service Articles of 2015

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Jan 22, 2016 2:04:55 PM

Jordan_Service_Graphic.jpgThe team at Block Imaging spent 2015 creating content about all kinds of imaging equipment. On top of that, we had a few things to say about keeping all those systems up and running. To share a few highlights with you, we've brought all the best articles created by our Service Team together in one place for easy reference. Whether you're looking for service options, replacement parts, or a more specific troubleshooting guide, there's sure to be something helpful in the list below.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, C-Arm, Parts & Service, CT Scanner

Hitachi Airis II vs. Airis Elite: Open MRI Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jan 15, 2016 2:24:36 PM

Airis_II_vs_Airis_Elite_2016.jpgLooking over the wide landscape of secondary market MRIs, a couple of things become very clear:  Open MRI is still widely used and in high demand, and the Hitachi Airis II is still one of the most popular open MRIs of them all. With .3 Tesla strength, a permanent magnet, and low annual maintenance costs, it’s a reliable system that meets a variety of imaging needs.  

More and more, however, Hitachi Airis Elites are appearing on the secondary market. This is also a .3T open MRI, but with enhanced coils, electronics, and software.  Often the Elites are “upgraded” Airis IIs, but there’s no real difference in power between these and a factory-born Elite since the magnets are the same in each model – that is, an “upgraded Elite” is still every bit an Airis Elite!

As Elites become increasingly common, used MRI buyers have begun asking questions about the factors that set these two models apart from one another. Although there are many differences between Airis IIs and Airis Elites, I’ll address the top three as I see them:

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

Top MRI Articles of 2015

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jan 14, 2016 1:21:06 PM


2015 was another great year for our team in blogging about all varieties of medical imaging equipment. This was especially true for content focused on MRI equipment, parts, service, and project planning.

To highlight the year's crop of MRI articles, we've selected our ten best from topics that cover the whole lifespan of an MRI system.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

MRI Service Cost Price Info

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Jan 8, 2016 12:16:57 PM

MRI_Service_Pricing.jpgAn important piece of research for any imaging equipment project is finding your options for service and building a budget forecast for your system's ongoing upkeep. As the title of this article suggests, we'll be focusing on the latter. Before we get into the dollars and cents of the matter, we'll walk you through all the factors that might play a hand in determining the actual amount a prospective service provider will quote you. Knowing more about these will help you manage your expectations as well as simplify your conversations with providers.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Parts & Service

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


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