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

Digital X-Ray: CR vs. DR Panels

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Aug 26, 2016 3:30:00 PM

By now, pretty much everybody in the radiology field knows that old-school, analog image acquisition and processing via film are about as inefficient as it gets. Most people also know that there is more than one way to take your imaging into the digital age.

Of course, as is usually the case any time one is offered options, there are pros and cons to each. Below, we'll break down the advantages and challenges posed by both computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) panels.

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Topics: X-ray

Digital Cath Lab Equipment Cost Price Guide [2016 Update]

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Aug 24, 2016 2:00:00 PM

So you're ready to take the digital cath lab plunge, eh? Excellent! And as you began making this decision, we're willing to bet the first (or maybe second) question to cross your mind was: "How much does digital cath lab equipment cost?" 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

GE Innova Chillers: Why Are There Two?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Aug 23, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Most of us involved with medical imaging equipment are well aware that it generates a considerable amount of heat and that a number of cooling methods are employed to keep that in check. CT scanners have both air and water cooling methods, MRI machines have coldheads and liquid helium, C-arms have rotating anodes in their tubes, and cath labs have chillers.

In the latter case, however, many of the people we talk to about cath lab systems are surprised to learn that the GE Innova series comes with not one, but two chillers. Keep reading to learn which chiller regulates which crucial Innova cath lab component and how much you can expect to spend if you need to replace one.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, Parts & Service

3 Ways to Brighten the Image on Your OEC 9800

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Aug 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM

When you're working with your OEC 9800 day-in and day-out to serve a busy schedule of patients, you can use convenience, expeditiousness, and accommodation of your personal preferences anywhere you can find them.

Fortunately, the design of the 9800 allows for all of these in a variety of ways- notably, when you want to see your live fluoro or last image with greater brightness.

The following are three ways you can brighten an image on the 9800.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

Closed-Bore MRI vs. Open MRI vs. Wide-Bore MRI

Posted by Jeremy Block

Aug 18, 2016 3:00:00 PM

I have been in the MRI machine sales business for quite some time; discussing their attributes, comparing and contrasting them, and poring over spec sheets, but I had never interacted with one as a patient until recently. I took a serious spill off my bicycle and needed to be checked for head and neck injuries. The experience left me with a new appreciation for some of the options MRI manufacturers have developed. Specifically: closed, open, and wide MRI bores.

Watch below for a video breakdown of the pros and cons of these MRI styles.
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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI

MRI Machine Cost and Price Guide [2016 Update]

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM

See the video below for a breakdown of cost and price information for popular MRI machine models from leading manufacturers, including: 

  • GE

  • Siemens

  • Hitachi

  • Philips

  • Toshiba


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

How Much Does a CT Scanner Cost?

Posted by Paul Crawford

Aug 12, 2016 8:13:49 AM

Every day people ask me, “How much should I budget for a CT Scanner?” Unfortunately, it's just too broad of a question. It's a little like asking how much a car costs. A Ford Pinto isn’t going to cost you much (you may even be able to pull one off my neighbor’s front lawn for free) but that Maserati is going to put a slightly larger dent in your pocketbook.

So, to help make sure you get the CT scanner you need for the right price, you should be ready to answer the following questions:

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost, CT Scanner

C-Arm Shipment: What to Expect

Posted by Kylie Dishaw

Aug 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Having moved hundreds of pieces of medical imaging equipment all over the world, our project management (PM) team has strived through the years to overcome many obstacles. For C-arms, the job can frequently be perceived as simple... I mean, it’s only two pieces of machinery right? Well, unfortunately, as we've said around the office before “FedEx doesn't make a C-arm sized envelope”.

To help you manage your expectations for the transport of your future C-arm equipment, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about shipping when you purchase, lease, or rent a C-arm from Block Imaging.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

GE MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 10, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Looking for a 1.5T GE MRI scanner? Great! Now… which model do you choose? What makes the most sense for your MRI project... and your MRI budget?

By now, you’ve probably realized that making sense of the different models offered by each manufacturer can be a daunting task, and GE is certainly no exception.  Let’s take a look under the hood and break down the most popular GE 1.5T MRI models, starting with the newest.


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Siemens Arcadis Avantic Features Overview [VIDEO]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 5, 2016 3:05:46 PM

Pain management, sports medicine, urology, and a variety of other specialties rely on C-arm imaging to accomplish patient diagnosis and treatment. But when you're in the market for equipment, sorting through all the options for your best fit can be a lot of work. Fortunately, if one of the systems that's caught your eye happens to be the Siemens Arcadis Avantic, we've got just the thing to help you out.

Watch the video below for a quick look at some of the key features that set Siemens' Arcadis Avantic apart from other leading C-arm systems.

• Image intensifier size

• Image storage capacity

• Generator power

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Topics: C-Arm


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