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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.

~ Block Imaging Team

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a GE Optima 660?

Posted by Paul Crawford

Feb 11, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Optima-660-lease-cost

An upgrade, replacement, another scanner in an existing equipment stable- whatever your purpose in buying an Optima 660, doing so outright may not be in the cards for your facility at this point. If not, the secondary market can help you lower that up-front cost with a more manageable lease plan.

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Topics: CT Scanner, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Imaging Equipment Financing

When a PET/CT with Time of Flight Might Not Be a Good Fit

Posted by Josh Nunez

Feb 8, 2019 4:03:00 PM

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There are some technological advances that are really nice to have. They make things quicker, they reduce our effort or increase our comfort, and some of them simply make work or home better. I don't have Bluetooth in my car, for example, and I still get where I need to go- but when I drive a rental that does have it, you can bet I'm using it constantly.

The technology we're discussing today, Time of Flight (TOF), is significantly more consequential in the scan room than Bluetooth is in your car, but the question still remains: Do you really need it? If you're on the fence, the following are a few factors that might help you arrive at a more clear answer.

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Topics: PET/CT, PET Scanners

The Best Cath Lab System for Electrophysiology

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Feb 7, 2019 4:07:00 PM

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EP, (electrophysiology) labs are where the "mad scientists" of the interventional cardiology world typically find themselves. And as with most mad scientists, they have a particular subset of equipment that they use to practice their craft. At the hub of an EP setup is a cath lab, an equipment type with many choices available. Because of this broad variety, this article is here to provide some guidance on choosing the right lab for EP work.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

Image Intensifier Lifespan and Signs of Failure

Posted by Jordan Graham

Jan 31, 2019 2:30:00 PM

If you use fluoroscopy equipment like a C-arm, an R/F room, or an analog cath/angio lab you've got an image intensifier (II) that will one day need to be replaced. Most IIs have years of useful life in them, but it is not at all uncommon for a fluoroscopy system to go through at least a few IIs over the course of its life.

Because of the eventual failure of image intensifiers, we polled our service engineering team to find a few ways users can prolong the life of their II as well as some ways they'll be able to tell that an II failure is on the way. Keep reading to learn how you can help keep your II around longer as well as how you can know when to plan for a replacement.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

MRI Comparison: GE MR 450W vs. GE EXCITE HDXT

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jan 29, 2019 9:40:00 AM

450w-vs-HDXT

Amid the slew of MRI options available to buyers on the secondary market, one is all but certain to come across a number of models from industry juggernaut, GE. Used/refurbished GE MRI systems occupy a spectrum of vintages, configurations, technology, and prices. So, to help MRI buyers better understand what their options are, we've decided to compare two systems that live in neighboring areas of the spectrum: the GE EXCITE HDXT and the GE MR 450W. Keep reading to see what's different, and where each of these models shines.

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Topics: MRI, Buying Imaging Equipment

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