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.

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Advantages of Wireless DR Panels for Portable X-Ray

Posted by John Maher

Jul 1, 2015 3:32:33 PM

DR_Upgrade_for_Portable_X-RayWhen it comes to workhorse equipment, you don't get much more durable and reliable than the portable X-ray machine. As a refurbisher of these systems, we get a closer look than most at the wear, tear, and downright abuse these systems can endure while continuing to provide quality diagnostic images.

Because of this durability and because of refurbishment, we're able to extend the lives of portable X-ray units and keep them in service, often longer than any other type of imaging system. Now, we can take the revitalizing effect of refurbishment a step further by enabling analog portable units with digital imaging technology via wireless DR panel upgrades.

Going digital offers users a number of benefits which, as the title of this blog promises, we'll get to in a minute. For starters, however, take a look at the video below to see what the upgrade kit looks like and what is included with it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Digital X-Ray Upgrade Features Guide

Posted by John Maher

Jun 15, 2015 11:02:00 AM

DR_Panel_FeaturesOnce you've made the decision to convert your analog X-ray system into a fully digital X-ray system, you'll find yourself looking out across a wide field of options to make that choice happen. The number of companies manufacturing digital X-ray detector panels has increased dramatically in the last few years and, as you might suspect, each of them goes about it in their own way and leverages their product's strengths against those of their competitors.

To help you "decode" some of the jargon on what is likely your first purchase of this type of product and narrow down the field of options, we've put together a briefing on the aspects of DR panels that make the biggest practical differences. Our hope is that you can hit the panel market better informed and, maybe, a little less hung up on some of the minutiae.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

CR Reader vs. DR Panel: Race Against the Clock [VIDEO]

Posted by John Maher

May 27, 2015 3:43:03 PM

DR_vs_CR_RaceSo, everybody knows that a DR panel is faster than a CR reader, right? But what you might not know is how much faster. Just how much time can you reclaim when you use a DR panel?

If this is something you've wondered as you consider what's next for your imaging equipment, prepare to wonder no more. The video below pits a CR reader against a DR panel in a side-by-side race, from firing X-ray to having a preview image rendered on the monitor. Watch and learn how much time and throughput a DR panel can add to your day.



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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Wireless DR Panel Ownership: The “What Ifs?”

Posted by John Maher

May 19, 2015 10:28:00 AM

Digital_X-Ray_Detector_PanelDR panels are becoming an increasingly affordable option to extend the life of existing analog X-ray equipment and improve its performance. Even so, as with any up-and-coming product, after the tech questions and the pricing questions are answered, questions about the ownership experience arise. We call these the "What ifs?" and getting strong answers to them is every bit as important as learning technical spec.

The following are some of the most common questions we get about DR panels in the clinical setting. Check out the answers to learn more about what you can expect after your DR panel is up and running.

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Topics: X-ray

Digital X-Ray Panel Upgrades: A Case Study

Posted by John Maher

May 4, 2015 2:51:00 PM

DR_Panel_Family_PracticeBlock Imaging partnered recently with a primary care office looking to upgrade from conventional film-based X-ray processing to a direct-to-digital (DR) system. To help others considering the same option, we documented the process step-by-step. The following is a case study that demonstrates the selection, installation, transition period, and ROI forecast calculation of the new equipment.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

R/F Room Price Cost Info [2015 Update]

Posted by Tim Richard

Apr 30, 2015 4:39:00 PM

R_F_Room_Cost_PriceIf you're about to hit the market for an R/F room, you've got several big decisions ahead of you. Before you make any of those decisions, however, one of the first questions you'll need to answer is how much the system that best fits your needs is likely to cost. 

To help you know what you should expect from the current refurbished equipment market, we've pulled together average pricing numbers for some of the top R/F room models.

Watch the video below to see current price ranges for the following:  

  • GE Legacy 
  • GE Precision 500D
  • Philips Easy Diagnost
  • Siemens Luminos
  • And others
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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Gadox vs. Cesium: DR Panel Comparison

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Apr 21, 2015 2:10:00 PM

GadOx_Panels_vs._CsI_PanelsInside every digital radiography (DR) detector panel is a layer of material called the scintillator. Right now, there are two main chemical compounds being used as scintillators in the manufacture of these panels: gadolinium oxysulfide (Gadox, for short) and cesium iodide (CsI).

Both of these materials are approved for use in diagnostic X-ray, and both of them are readily available in the DR marketplace. So, how does an imaging facility choose between a DR panel with Gadox and one with CsI?

The following are the most significant differences in purchasing and using a Gadox DR panel vs. a CsI panel.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

DR Panel Pixel Pitch: What Is It and How Important Is It?

Posted by John Maher

Apr 16, 2015 3:15:00 PM

Pixel_PitchAs you begin looking into the best DR panel to complement your X-ray system, one feature you're sure to come across in the market is pixel pitch. Every DR panel's specifications list it but, as the title of this article asks, what is pixel pitch and how important is it?

Keep reading to find out exactly how the pixel pitch of a DR panel should affect your purchasing decision.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Wireless Digital X-Ray Upgrade: Field Demonstration

Posted by John Maher

Apr 1, 2015 12:58:17 PM

DR_Panel_DemoIf you've been thinking about re-investing in your X-ray equipment, you may have already read about the ways upgrading with a DR panel can extend the life of your existing system and improve your efficiency. Both of these assertions are very true- we've written about both of them in earlier blog posts- but, to bring the message about DR panel upgrades full-circle, we took our camera to a customer's family practice facility to show you the ease and versatility in the field.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, X-ray

Why Is My R/F Room Tape Measure off by 12"?

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Mar 26, 2015 1:39:05 PM

LegacyTapeMeasureHeaderIf you're a radiology veteran, this is a question that probably has you rolling your eyes.

Still- it's one we get on a fairly consistent basis so, in the interest of helping out all the noobs in the house, we put together a concise description and a few photos that should clear up where in the world the first foot of your R/F (or rad room) tape measure went.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, X-ray


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