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.

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GE XR/d and Senographe 2000D Workstations: Cost, Signs of Failure, and Replacement Info

Posted by Samantha Binder

Jul 28, 2016 12:06:19 PM

When GE developed their Senographe 2000D mammography system and their XR/d X-ray room, they partnered with Silicon Valley's Sun Microsystems (acquired in 2010 by Oracle) to provide workstations for both machines. The particular workstation in both of these cases was the Sun Ultra 10.

The Ultra 10 is a reliable platform but, just like any computer slogging through the day-in/day-out of a crowded patient schedule, there comes a point where a replacement will be necessary. 

Below, we'll break down the different types of Ultra 10 workstations, what causes them to fail, and the solution when you experience workstation failure on your 2000D or XR/d.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray, Parts & Service, Mammography

OEC 9800 vs. OEC 8800: Tube Power Comparison

Posted by Gary Dodge

Jul 22, 2016 3:55:51 PM

The OEC 9800 features a rotating anode tube. By rotating the anode, this tube type disperses the heat created by generating X-ray evenly around the circumference of the entire anode, allowing the C-arm to take longer exposures at higher doses. If you intend to work with a high volume of patients or to specialize in applications like vascular or bariatrics where the power demands will be higher, a rotating anode is a must.

The OEC 8800 has a stationary anode. All of the heat coming from the cathode lands on the same portion of the anode surface. If used too hard, this can lead to a decline in tube efficiency and eventual failure much sooner than a user might experience with a rotating anode tube. That siad, this tube style works just fine for shorter, low-dose studies. It is also less expensive and smaller, allowing the 8800 to have a smaller footprint overall. If your specialty is more along the lines of sports medicine or pain management, a stationary anode will be sufficient for your needs.

Watch the clip below to see an image comparison test of the OEC 9800 rotating anode tube vs. the OEC 8800 stationary anode tube taking short exposures.

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Topics: C-Arm

Used Analog X-Ray with New Digital Detector: Price Cost Guide

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jul 19, 2016 12:01:30 PM

There are a number of ways imaging facilities can move forward from film and CR-based X-ray. In fact, there are so many that there's a method to fit almost any budget.

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

What Happens During an R/F Room Refurbishment?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

R/F refurbishment is one of our specialties at Block Imaging. Our X-ray engineers have been doing this type of work for a long time and have become virtual wizards in the ways of the Advantx, the Precision 500D, the Easy Diagnost, and many other R/F models.

As we’ve sold the systems our team has refurbished, the buyer almost always asks at some point, “What happens during an R/F room refurbishment?” So finally, after being asked so frequently, we decided to present the answer to you in writing!

Read on as we pull the lead curtain back and show you the R/F refurbishment process component-by-component.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

New Analog X-Ray with New Digital Detector: Price Cost Guide

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jul 13, 2016 12:14:23 PM

Most of us are aware by now of the image quality, workflow, and cost benefits of taking our X-ray imaging fully digital, but some of us are still weighing exactly which method of going digital will be the best fit for both our clinical needs and our budget. 

One of the methods we discuss with buyers most often is bundling the purchase of a new analog X-ray room and a new digital flat-panel detector. A bundle like this provides a good balance of technical improvements and capital expenses.

Watch the clip below for current average pricing for a new analog X-ray room paired with a new flat-panel digital detector.

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

How to Recover Siemens CT From “Fatal Error in Reconstruction System”

Posted by Keith Rumley

Jul 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you use a Siemens CT scanner, there's a chance you have seen, or may see in the future, an error message that reads, "Fatal Error in Image Reconstruction System". Of course, anything with the word "fatal" in it raises a sense of catastrophe, but often when it comes to Siemens CT, this error is not as severe as it may sound.

We'll show you two ways you can clear the "Fatal Error in Image Reconstruction System" from your Siemens CT scanner and get your facility back up and running.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Parts & Service

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

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jul 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In the world of X-ray rooms, the "latest and greatest" from all the big OEMs are fully-automated digital systems. The goal in developing these systems is to add the ultimate throughput advantage to the laundry list of benefits that already come with direct digital imaging. 

While there are advantages to be had, they come with a price tag that many facilities find tough to manage. We've spoken to dozens of sites over the last year weighing their options and evaluating the cost/reward benefits of a fully automatic room. In all of those conversations, we tabled another, more affordable option: retro-fitting an analog X-ray room (perhaps even one they already have) with a digital flat panel detector.

We'll share with you below how retro-fitting an analog X-ray room compares to purchasing a new, automated, digital X-ray room.    

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Topics: X-ray

C-Arm Site Planning: What Size Room Do I Need?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jul 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Because Block Imaging has installed so many refurbished C-arms, we have also been privy to the aches, pains, and woes of buying too much C-arm for the room you had planned on putting it in. To help prevent all of that, we have taken the liberty of compiling the ballpark dimensions of a typical full-sized C-arm machine and the tables that so frequently go with them.

Much of what you’ll read is based on the measurements of an OEC 9800 with a 9” image intensifier but, given the model’s ubiquity, the specifications should be a great place to start in figuring the space needed for a number of models.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Innova Atlas C2 Positioner Cabinet: What's in It? What Does it Do?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jul 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Alongside the Atlas C1 cabinet, where the two computers responsible for image acquisition, processing, storage, transmission, and display live, every GE Innova cath/angio lab has a second cabinet called the Atlas C2.

While the  Atlas C2 doesn't handle any images itself, it's still home to some vital functions that make the work physicians do with their cath/angio labs possible. Below we're going to break down which components are stored inside the Atlas C2 cabinet and what they do.


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

DR Flat Panel Detector Price Guide [2016 Update]

Posted by John Maher

Jun 30, 2016 2:00:00 PM

If higher image quality, faster scan times, and lower maintenance costs have you considering digital radiography (DR), but your budget has you considering toughing it out another year with analog X-ray equipment, there's an affordable middle ground: DR panels. Using a DR panel in your analog X-ray system lets you claim all of the advantages of a factory-made digital X-ray system without removing and replacing your existing unit. I also helps U.S. users avoid current and impending reimbursement cuts from CMS.

Within the line of DR panels available, there are options that make the product flexible, in terms of both functionality and cost. Below you'll find more details and current average price ranges for each DR panel option.

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Topics: X-ray


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