Buy & Sell Now

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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

Hitachi Airis Elite vs. GE Ovation: Open MRI Scanners Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jan 13, 2017 2:10:31 PM

Technology marches on but, with their low maintenance costs, high reliability, and proven track records across a wide install base, the Hitachi Airis Elite and the GE Ovation continue to enjoy a strong worldwide market.

But, if that's a market you find yourself in right now, you might be wondering how best to make a decision between the two.

The comparison below brings some clarity to the open MRI selection process with a side-by-side feature comparison of the Hitachi Airis Elite and the GE Ovation open MRI scanners.

Open MRI vs. Closed MRI

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Siemens Straton CT Tubes Clarified

Posted by Chad Seelye

Jan 6, 2017 3:00:00 PM

With four variations on the market, and only partial interchangeability among them, the Straton X-ray tube series for Siemens CT scanners has a tendency to cause some confusion. The video clip below will tell you which type of Straton CT tube is meant to be used with which type of Siemens CT, as well as an important tip for buying and installing a used Straton tube.

We'll cover the full line of Siemens Straton CT tubes, including:

  • The original Straton
  • Straton O
  • Straton Z
  • Straton MX
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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

1.5T MRI Suite Size Requirements

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Jan 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Most people have more than a few questions right out of the gate as they consider an imaging project, especially when they're looking at an MRI scanner. When considered against all other modalities, MRI is one of the most involved in terms of logistical challenges, site planning, and technical knowledge. 

Part of being prepared is about asking the right questions and fully understanding the answers.  One of these questions should be (scratch that, MUST be): “How big of a room do I need for my MRI suite?” Keep reading for some basic tips and pointers that will help you build more accurate expectations for your MRI scanner project.

Choosing the Best Contractor for Your Medical Facility Construction

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Philips MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Dec 29, 2016 9:48:21 AM

If you're in the market for an MRI machine, chances are you'll see three big manufacturer names out front- Philips is definitely one of them (along with GE and Siemens).

Philips 1.5T MRI machines come in 3 main varieties that each shine in different areas. We've compiled a review of each 1.5T Philips scanner below to highlight some of those differences and strengths and help you along the way to choosing the best MRI for your facility's needs.


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

How to Sell Your DEXA System

Posted by Jason Block

Dec 27, 2016 9:25:00 AM

Time for an upgrade? Thinking about changing your service offerings? Whatever the reason, you're here because it might be time to part ways with your current DEXA system.

Following the tips outlined in the video below will help you fetch the best possible price you can for your DEXA system. You'll do it by answering the most common questions and demonstrating the most important aspects of its condition- up front. Save time, save trouble, save back-and-forth haggling over final dollar amount.

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, Bone Densitometer

OEC 8800 vs. OEC 9800

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Dec 21, 2016 9:40:00 AM

Side-by-side, it’s clear that the OEC 8800 and the OEC 9800 c-arm are related. A lot of the similarities are immediately apparent; the color schemes, the layout of the control panels, the design of the monitor carts- all the same.

On the other hand, there are a number of differences that don’t stick out so much...

Here’s a deeper look at exactly how the OEC 9800 and 8800 are alike, how they’re different, and where we see each enjoy the most success:

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Siemens Avanto vs. Siemens Espree: MRI Comparison

Posted by Josh Block

Dec 20, 2016 3:30:00 PM

As an elite MRI manufacturer, Siemens continues to create impressive technical advances in each new model lineup. At the same time, as brand-new generations of Siemens magnets are released, the secondary market begins to increase its access to affordable, late-model siemens MRI scanners.

Request a mobile Espree rental

Among the models in that second category, you'll find the Avanto and Espree 1.5T scanners. But when confronted with the laundry list of specifications that comes with these systems, it can be somewhat daunting to arrive at a clear decision between them. To help simplify the choice between purchasing an Avanto MRI or an Espree MRI, we've compiled the most notable and relevant similarities and differences below.

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Topics: MRI

4 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Pre-Owned MRI Scanner

Posted by Steve Rentz

Dec 19, 2016 12:45:00 PM

“It's kind of like buying a car” goes the cliché and in many ways, that’s true when buying pre-owned medical imaging equipment, even when you’re dealing with something like a 1.5T MRI scanner.

Just like that new car purchase, you’ve likely got a trade-in option, you’ve done some research with friends, colleagues, and online - and now you’ve got the guy at the "dealership" spinning a story of features, benefits, and line after line of spec, asking you what it will take to “earn your business.”

Well, what will it take? 


MRI Machine Cost and Price Guide [2016 Update]

If you are prepared and know the answer to that big question before you dive in, you can find some truly exceptional equipment on the secondary market that not only meets your requirements, but also saves your facility money. The four questions below will help you find what you need to know before you begin your MRI purchasing conversation.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

X-Ray Automation: Auto Tracking vs. Auto Positioning

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Dec 16, 2016 4:46:54 PM

Paired with digital imaging, automation in the X-ray room is pushing patient workflow into an increasingly seamless state. Of course, as with any first-time technology purchase, the process of choosing what type of automation you want can be anything but seamless.

One of the sticking points we hear about  from X-ray equipment buyers that are interested in automation is confusion between some of the key features. To help clarify your X-ray automation search, we'll break down why auto tracking and auto positioning are often confused, what the differences between them are, and what the availability of each looks like right now.

Automated Digital X-Ray vs. Analog X-Ray with Digital Panel Upgrade

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

GE CT Scanners Compared: Brightspeed vs. Lightspeed

Posted by Paul Crawford

Dec 14, 2016 9:52:00 AM

At first glance, GE Brightspeed and Lightspeed CT scanners are very similar. Remove just one decal, and the casual observer could easily mistake one for the other. However, though the hardware and basic structure are generally the same for both, there are some key differences you should know about if you’re considering purchasing a GE CT scanner from one of these series.

3 Reasons Hospitals Choose Lightspeed CT

The Brightspeed is a successor to the Lightspeed for any system having 16 slices or less. To put it simply, the Brightspeed comes in 4, 8, and 16 slices while the Lightspeed comes in 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64. This is just one of the differences. For further comparison, here are some specs from the 16-slice scanners of both series: 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment


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