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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

MRI Service Coverage for Total Risk Management

Posted by Alyssa Culp

Apr 23, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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Frequently, imaging directors looking for MRI scanner service ask us, “Does an MRI service agreement protect me from unlimited financial exposure?” If you opt for full service coverage with a quality, reputable provider, the answer should be a resounding, “Yes!”

We can't speak for every independent  MRI service provider, but to help you build your expectations as you approach the service market, below are a few service contract features that we at Block Imaging are paramount to a high-quality MRI service experience: the “Three C’s”.

  • Cryogens
  • Coldheads
  • Coils
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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

STI Streamline vs. Economax: C-Arm Surgical Tables Compared

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 23, 2019 1:15:00 PM

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When you first look into the C-arm table market, it’s immediately apparent that many of the tables available are quite similar in function and design. Still- if you’re in search of the best table for you right now, it pays to be aware of the subtle differences.

Today we’re looking at two tables from one of the most popular C-arm table brands around: Surgical Tables Inc. (STI). One of the doctors we serve asked just recently what the difference was between STI’s Streamline and Economax tables. He noticed the price difference on his own, of course, but wasn’t sure what else set these two models apart. Let’s compare!

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Topics: C-Arm

How Much Does a PET/CT Scanner Cost?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Apr 23, 2019 11:36:00 AM

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It's a question our team addresses several times every week: "How much does a PET/CT scanner cost?"  Well, the answer depends on a number of factors, and is seldom exactly the same from site-to-site, but we've compiled the ranges of current average pricing to help guide your search.

There is one cost factor that is more telling than any other: slice count. The more slices the CT portion of the machine can capture, the more you'll pay for it. Watch the video or read the list below to see cost information for PET/CT scanners across the full range of slice counts. 

Looking for a custom PET/CT or PET scanner cost quote? Click here to tell us about your project.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, PET/CT, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Toshiba CXB-750D/4A Tubes: Cost, Lifespan, Reloading

Posted by Vikki Dipple

Apr 22, 2019 3:05:00 PM

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The heart of your CT scanner is its X-ray tube, which beats life into every examination. However, even the tube has a limited lifespan and, by necessity, requires replacement periodically. That's why there's no time like the present to learn more about your CT X-ray tube and what you can expect from it in terms of lifespan, replacement cost, and the possibility of giving it a second chance through repair and reloading.

In the case of the Toshiba Aquilion series, especially those that see use for cardiac applications, there's a good chance the tube in question is a CXB-750D/4A. We've talked with our CT Engineering and Parts Teams and compiled the details so that you can be better prepared for your next tube investment.

Need a new CXB-750D/4A tube now? Click here to request your replacement.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts

CT Scanner Comparison: GE Optima 660 vs. Discovery 750 HD

Posted by Paul Crawford

Apr 22, 2019 2:18:01 PM

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The GE LightSpeed VCT 64 has been the most popular 64-slice CT in the world since it rolled off the line in Milwaukee in 2005. Since then, as GE seeks to maintain their market share, they've rolled out two successors to the VCT: The Discovery 750 HD and Optima 660. In designing these systems, they’ve kept some of the features that made the VCT popular- smaller footprint, similar operating systems, air cooling- but also made significant changes that improve performance and offer more options. Below are some of the biggest changes that distinguish the Optima 660 from the Discovery 750 HD, and distinguish both models from the VCT.

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Topics: CT Scanner

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