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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

GE VCT 64 vs. Siemens Sensation 64

Posted by Jeremy Block

Dec 2, 2016 4:30:00 PM

When people hit the market for a 64-slice CT scanner, the GE VCT and the Siemens Sensation are two models that are likely to be "first pagers" on that initial Google search. While these models aren't that hard to find, what can be much harder is deciphering how they stack up side-by-side. They're both 64-slice scanners, with high-end features and upgrade options, from well-respected, leading manufacturers- and they fall in the same ballpark price bracket. So how do you choose?

Below are a few considerations from both the hardware/features side of things and the ownership experience side that will help you as you narrow down your 64-slice CT scanner options.


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Topics: CT Scanner

The New Section 179 Outlook: Best Ever?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 1, 2016 3:45:44 PM

Back in December 2015, the Section 179 deduction was raised to up to $500,000 on qualifying purchases under $2,000,000. The deduction rate (up from a drastic forecast the previous year of a mere $25,000) was retroactive for equipment purchased and installed in 2015 and will continue for purchases made throughout 2016. The 50% bonus depreciation, available in previous years, was also reinstated and kicks in once expenditures hit the 500k mark.

All of this is great news for anyone who has purchased or will purchase in the last bit of 2016, but what about 2017? For those who have followed Section 179, the deduction has changed quite a bit over the years and seems to be perennially on the table for more change. Well, now there’s more to the story that could make right now through December 31, 2017 the most advantageous Section 179 scenario yet.

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Topics: medical imaging news

Is Going Green Giving Your MRI Scanner Image Artifacts?

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Nov 29, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Pretty much everyone can agree that using energy more efficiently is a good thing. What some of us differ on is the best way to do it. When it comes to your MRI scanner suite, however, it does seem there's a wrong way and a right way to get the efficiency you're looking for.

Keep reading to find out the do's and don'ts of upgrading the lighting in your MRI scan room.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Digital X-Ray Detectors: 6 Key Factors that Drive Upgrade Pricing

Posted by Josh Block

Nov 25, 2016 9:24:00 AM

Due to the 7% reimbursement cuts to CR-processed scans beginning in 2018 (via The Consolidated Appropriations Act), the next 13 months are "crunch time" in making the decision of whether or not to upgrade from CR to DR.

At this point, the benefits of upgrading to direct-to-digital scanning are widely understood, making the decision, primarily, a budgetary one. To help ease that decision and clarify what exactly is being paid for with that total upgrade price, we've compiled the following points to share what may be needed and included along with a detector purchase for a seamless integration into your facility's equipment stable.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

How to Decide Which C-Arm Image Intensifier Size is Best: 9" vs 12"

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 23, 2016 2:15:00 PM

The question, “Which C-arm image intensifier size is best for my facility?” comes up a lot in our team's conversations with imaging equipment buyers. If you are shopping for a C-arm machine and don’t know which size image intensifier (II) you really want or need, below is a quick walk-through of the differences between the two most common II sizes to help you make that important decision.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

Top Cath Lab Equipment Articles

Posted by Krista Kotrla

Nov 21, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Are you in need of some help with cath lab equipment planning? How about choosing the best lab for your facility? Or maybe you have questions about the process of refurbishing a cath lab. If any of these are the case, this is the perfect "best of" list for your easy reference.

Scroll on for our best articles from the last three years to help you compare, decide, and successfully plan your next interventional suite.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, Cath/Angio, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Project Management

3 Reasons Why GE CT Scanners Cost More

Posted by Jeremy Block

Nov 18, 2016 12:08:00 PM

I am regularly asked, "Why does a GE CT scanner cost so much more than the other manufacturers?" We frequently see GE 8-slice CTs going for the same price as a Philips or Siemens 16-slice and this is similarly true for higher-end equipment. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Here are three main reasons we have found GE CT scanners have a higher initial cost.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

OEC 9800 vs. OEC 9900

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 16, 2016 2:15:00 PM

OEC lists 51 items (assuming you consolidate the image preset options –more on that later) describing the OEC 9900 C-arm in their technical data brochure. That's a lot of features with, potentially, a lot of chances to show you that the 9900 is a better machine than the OEC 9800. However, on the more pragmatic side of things, the OEC 9800 is more common, more affordable, and well-proven as a workhorse in its own right. So, how do these two C-arms really stack up side-by-side? Take a look at the graphic below to see for yourself, or keep reading for a summary.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

What Kind of Cath Lab Do I Need?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Nov 11, 2016 9:03:00 AM

As you begin your search for a new cath lab, the number of choices and options can be overwhelming- manufacturers, configurations, applications, accessories. There's a lot of legwork to be done and a lot of "pre-decisions" that will need to be considered before you finalize your overall cath lab purchasing decision. To help you lay your groundwork, we've compiled three key questions to narrow down the systems in front of you. These are the questions we ask everyday in conversations with buyers to help them find the best fit for their cath lab needs.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

GE Essential vs. Hologic Selenia: Digital Mammography Unit Comparison

Posted by Jason Block

Nov 10, 2016 11:15:00 AM

At present, two of the more prominent players in digital mammography are GE and Hologic. If you're in the market for a digital mammo system, you won't get very far into your product homework before seeing both of these names surface.

For those of you that are considering the secondary market for a late-model, large-detector mammo unit, the latest used systems that you're likely to find from these manufacturers are the Senographe Essential from GE and the Selenia from Hologic.To help you learn more, we've compiled a side-by-side comparison of some of the key features of these systems.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Mammography


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