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 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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What Does Your Imaging Equipment Service Rep REALLY Know?

Posted by Nicole Johnson

Apr 3, 2020 4:15:00 PM

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Medical imaging equipment is, by nature, very technical. Each modality has its own set of maintenance concerns, unique parts, and even language. This is why, when your equipment is having problems, you want to talk to someone who knows you, your system, and your history. Getting all three of these things, however, can be a tall order.

Below are three things you should look for from a provider to get you this "service trifecta". If you're in the market for a service provider, ask anyone you're considering about these:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

Why Would I Choose a Philips Allura XPER Cath Lab?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Apr 2, 2020 9:15:00 AM

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When it comes to selecting a cath lab system, many buyers will find themselves looking at GE vs. Philips equipment. Both companies offer quality, both companies have solid parts availability, and both companies offer models suitable for a variety of procedure types. So, how do you choose?

As equipment providers in the cath lab space, the following are a few considerations we like to bring to a buyer's attention as they make their decision. Depending on what's most important to you and your facility, these might mean a Philips lab is a better fit.

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Remote Team Leadership: Leading During Social Distancing

Posted by Michael Haberlein

Mar 31, 2020 4:36:34 PM

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COVID-19 has made the necessity for remote work a very sudden reality for thousands of organizations across the country. These organizations are implementing various levels of remote work and deploying collaborative tools to allow continued productivity during this unprecedented time. This reality has required a massive paradigm shift for nearly everybody in the United States, and some leaders may struggle with how to best lead their team remotely.

As the leader of the Platform Team at Block Imaging, I have quickly needed to make the aforementioned paradigm shift and have embraced three core strategies that I believe have been effective in leading the team during this time.

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CT Tube Lifespan and Cost: MRC 600, MRC 800

Posted by Garth Immelman

Mar 27, 2020 12:45:00 PM

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When buyers choose a CT scanner, the cost of maintenance and service is often overshadowed by the importance of choosing the right features, options, and capabilities. However, the expense of replacing an X-ray tube every few years can affect a scanner's ROI almost as much as the "bells and whistles". 

CT scanners equipped with the MRC 600 or the MRC 800 can help users control this cost with less frequent and less expensive tube replacement pricing.

Let’s take a look at the typical life expectancy and replacement cost of both the MRC 600 and MRC 800 CT tubes below.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

MRI Cold Heads 101

Posted by Block Imaging

Mar 23, 2020 3:00:00 PM

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MRI Coldhead Basics

If you're new to the world of MRI, there's 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 them will help you run your system and serve your patients more efficiently.

We first published this article in 2015 to help new MRI users become better acquainted with a part that's crucial to monitor for better scanner performance and lower maintenance costs: the cold head. Years later, this is advice is as valuable as ever. Keep reading to learn what a cold head 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

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