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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

Recent Posts

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

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

How to Find Enabled Software Options on a GE Innova Cath/Angio System

Posted by Danny Fisher

Mar 17, 2016 12:04:00 PM

Maybe you're inspecting a cath/angio lab to see if you're interested in purchasing it. Or you might be selling your cath lab to offset the cost of an upgrade. In either case, you'll need to know which software options are enabled on the system in front of you to make sure the price is right. Fortunately, with GE's Innova series, this information is easily accessible if you know where to look.

Watch the video clip below for step-by-step instructions on how to locate and learn which software options are enabled on a GE Innova cath lab. These same steps apply across the Innova 2000, 2100, 3100, and 4100 as well as all of their bi-plane and IQ variants.

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

CT Scanner Table Weight Capacities Compared

Posted by Danny Fisher

Feb 12, 2016 10:05:36 AM

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.”

When purchasing a refurbished CT, you want 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 important, 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

FDA 2579 Form… What Is It And Where Do I Get One?

Posted by Danny Fisher

Dec 16, 2015 4:16:38 PM

Recently I have been getting more and more calls from people at imaging facilities saying in panicked voices, “My physicist is here and he is looking for some form that I am supposed to have… some kind of FDA Form?” Does this sound familiar to you?  

I am sure the mere presence of the acronym “FDA” is the main reason there is a trace of panic in the person's voice, but the situation isn't as dire as it may seem. Don’t get me wrong, the FDA 2579 form is a very important form and definitely has to be filled out and kept on record. It is, however, very easy to obtain.

Let me answer the 2579 questions I get most often so that you can have the documentation you need, when you need it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, Imaging Equipment Project Management

How to Find the Grid Lines on Your GE Proteus Rad Room

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 6, 2015 3:16:00 PM

For those of you who are upgrading your GE Proteus rad room with a CR reader or a DR panel, one of the things you'll need to check to make sure your system will be compatible with your upgrade is the line rating of the X-ray grids on your chest stand and under your table top.

If you've used a CR reader with your system before, there's a very strong chance that your grid is compatible with other CR models as well as with DR panels. However, it's best practice to be absolutely sure. It would be frustrating (at best) to discover a completely preventable compatibility issue the day your new upgrade arrives.

Your line ratings are clearly labeled on your system, but you have to know where to look for the stickers. We've filmed the following demonstration so that you can find your grid labels and check your ratings with minimal diassembly.

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Topics: X-ray

Nuclear Camera Site Preparation

Posted by Danny Fisher

Apr 2, 2014 3:00:38 PM

Nuclear_Camera_Site_PrepPreparing your facility to receive any new piece of medical imaging equipment can be a process with a lot of moving parts. Preparing for a nuclear camera is no exception. 

Here at Block Imaging, our Project Management Team has worked alongside dozens of sites to see their buildings prepped and their nuclear cameras installed. For those of you who are just beginning a nuclear camera project, we've compiled a list of recommendations that will help make your preparations quicker and more thorough. Take a look and see what you can do to be ready for your delivery day.

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Topics: Nuclear Camera, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Rigging Your Cath Lab for Installation

Posted by Danny Fisher

Mar 1, 2013 2:11:00 PM

Rigging in cath lab equipment takes a whole team of people and some serious machine power. Check out this video from a successful GE cath lab rig-in to see one example:

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

X-Ray Machine Installation Prep: Getting Started

Posted by Danny Fisher

Feb 7, 2013 9:51:00 AM

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

GE Cath Lab Room Dimensions

Posted by Danny Fisher

Jan 28, 2013 10:17:00 AM

 Proper room size for a GE cath lab is a topic of frequent discussion here in the Block Imaging project management department. We’ve been asked so many times 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 post them right on our website.
 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, X-ray, Imaging Equipment Project Management

    

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