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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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Chris Sharrock

Chris Sharrock Chris Sharrock is the Vice President of Equipment Solutions at Block Imaging. Sometimes referred to as the “The C-Arm Guy”, Chris has a passion for music, fitness and genuinely enjoys helping others make decisions about c-arms and fluoroscopy equipment. You can download Chris’ very popular “C-Arm Buyer’s Guide” or connect with him here.




How Much Does a Refurbished OEC 9900 Cost?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 14, 2019 3:17:00 PM

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Only a few years ago, OEC 9900 C-arms were still relatively rare on the secondary market. As the model has matured, however, the availability of pre-owned 9900s has increased significantly. This increase has prompted a shift in cost that moves the 9900 into a pricing bracket that's accessible to a much wider range of facilities. If you've considered the OEC 9900 in the past and found it to be outside your budget constraints, you should know that the landscape has changed.

We consulted our resident C-arm expert, Chris Sharrock about what kind of savings buyers can expect to find when they come across OEC 9900s on the refurbished market. He replied with this:

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Topics: C-Arm, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Mini C-Arms vs Full-Size C-Arms

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Nov 11, 2019 3:15:00 PM

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“Should I be shopping for a full-size C-arm or a mini C-arm?” It’s no surprise that this question comes up almost daily. With most technologies, smaller is better. Bluetooth streaming from cellphones has replaced bulky, multi-disc CD changers and tablets have taken the home computer down to the size of a manila envelope. On top of the convenience, space is money. So why not try to save every square foot you can?

This logic makes perfect sense, but only under the right circumstances. In the area of C-arm technology, it’s important to remember that there are some limitations that come with the reduction in size the mini C-arm offers. Here is a quick look at what a mini C-arm can and can't do: 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Selling Your Used C-Arm: 6 Steps for a Smooth Transaction

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 9, 2019 3:10:00 PM

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Like so many other things, selling a used C-arm requires a little leg work to get the best value. After all, you wouldn’t expect to get top dollar for your coin collection if it was missing a Susan B. Anthony dollar, would you? Nor would you, as a buyer, shell out for an 2009 Pontiac without seeing some service records or, at least, an oil change sticker from some time after the Obama administration.

Things are much the same when one ventures into the used medical imaging equipment market. Retaining your accessories and documentation and properly maintaining your unit as it waits to find its new home can go a long way toward helping you make your C-arm sale and get the most money out of it. Below you’ll find six tips that will help you sell your C-arm:

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Who Makes the Best 3D C-Arm?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 25, 2019 3:30:00 PM

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There are a lot of factors to consider when looking for the best C-arm for you. Software platforms, tube power, footprint, service availability, and cost all come into play. But when it comes to finding the very best 3D C-arm, one factor trumps them all: How well does the C-arm capture and render 3D anatomical images?

We dug into what kind of design allows for capturing the most accurate 3D images with the least amount of patient repositioning and the lowest dose. Read on to see the results and learn who makes the best 3D C-arm.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Compact All-in-One C-Arms: Pros, Cons, & Options

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 16, 2019 4:30:00 PM

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It's not news to anybody that space is money. The square footage at your center/clinic/practice comes at a price, so you try to use it as efficiently and effectively as you can. Because of this "economy of space", our team receives regular requests from users hoping to save space with a compact all-in-one C-arm; that is, a C-arm that eliminates the need for a monitor cart by mounting the monitor(s) on the C-arm itself.

The request makes perfect sense, and an all-in-one C-arm can definitely save you some space, but reaping the benefit of compact design comes with some trade-offs too. Let's break down the pros and cons of choosing an all-in-one C-arm and see what the options are.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

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