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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

Danny Fisher

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CT Scanner Table Weight Capacities Compared

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 21, 2018 9:26:00 AM

CT Table Weight Limits

What is the maximum weight capacity for my CT table? We get this question, or some form of it, nearly every day from doctors, technologists, and administrators alike. The short answer is, “It depends on the model.”

We'll admit that even the lowest-capacity CT table will probably be enough for 99 out of 100 patients, but for certain specialties, and for that 1%, it's important to make sure that you look into models that can perform the intended scans on every scheduled patient that walks through your door. Forgetting about a tiny, yet crucial, detail (like whether or not your patient can actually be scanned with your CT) can cost your center time and money that don't need to be lost.

To help you avoid all that, we've listed many of today’s most popular CTs and their respective table load capacities below. If you don’t see your model in the list, please contact us and let us help get you the answer.

Got your CT table weight? Great! Click here to take the next step and get a quote on your CT scanner model of choice.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Parts & Service, CT Scanner

GE Cath Lab Room Dimensions

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 10, 2018 10:24:00 AM

GE Cath Lab Dimensions

Proper room dimensions for a GE cath/angio lab is a topic of frequent discussion here in the Block Imaging project management department. We’ve been asked so many times, by so many people that several of us got the dimensions tattooed on our forearms for quick reference. Later, in a deep fit of tattoo regret, we decided it would have been a better idea to simply post them on our blog- hence, the post you are reading right now.

If you are considering the purchase of a GE cath lab, you’ll want to check the size of the room you plan to have it installed in against the OEM recommendations in the table below. These recommendations are guidelines, not firm rules, but they can help you begin to plan for your incoming lab.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Project Management, Cath/Angio

X-Ray Machine Installation Prep: Getting Started

Posted by Danny Fisher

Jan 4, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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Any time your facility purchases X-ray equipment, there are some big, important steps that need to be taken before it gets installed. Some of these are necessary to get you compliant with regulations in your area, some are needed to insure patient and tech safety, and others simply save you time, hassle, and money by making sure your X-ray room is ready to receive your new equipment as soon as it arrives.

Below, we'll help you learn what to expect from the X-ray compliance process, as well as from the room preparation process, namely which responsibilities are commonly held by an X-ray provider and which are likely to fall to you and your team.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Imaging Equipment Applications Training vs System Demonstration of Use

Posted by Danny Fisher

Jun 21, 2017 3:57:00 PM

Congratulations!  You have just purchased your refurbished C-Arm, CT, MRI, Cath/Angio, Rad room or other piece of medical imaging equipment and now you’re waiting to have it delivered and installed so you can start using it. You’ve selected technicians that know the modality in general, but they are not familiar with THIS manufacturer’s version of the equipment so you figure that you need applications training. 

That’s a great idea, but hold the phone for a minute! Unfortunately, your purchasing department does not want to cover the expenses to train your techs on top of the capital equipment they just shelled out for. You’d rather not have that money come out of your budget either, but your technicians MUST know how to use the equipment. What do you do?

The first thing you should do is make sure you get a clear gauge on your techs’ knowledge. How much do they really know? You may need full-blown applications training, but you might also be able to get what you need from a system demonstration of use.

“But what’s the difference?” you may ask. That’s an exceptionally relevant question and, coincidentally, the crux of the rest of this blog post.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Project Management, Parts & Service

Rad Room Installation with Tethered Digital Detector [Project Time Lapse]

Posted by Danny Fisher

May 13, 2016 2:10:38 PM

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With all the recent tumult of reimbursement cuts for film and impending cuts for CR image processing, our team is having more and more conversations about how facilities can take their X-ray imaging fully digital in affordable ways. One option that we discuss frequently is purchasing an analog rad room and pairing it with a digital flat-panel detector.

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

    
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