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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.

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Danny Fisher

Danny Fisher Danny Fisher is a Project Manager at Block Imaging. His goal is to understand the unique needs of each project and deliver a detail-oriented execution. When he's not in the office, Danny enjoys spending time with his wife, catching up on the latest movies/TV, and staying in the know on the latest tech gadgets. He also loves finding great deals and inexpensive ways to travel the world



GE Cath Lab Room Dimensions

Posted by Danny Fisher

Apr 29, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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Proper room dimensions for a GE cath/angio lab continue to be 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. This article has been updated from a previous version to include the most recent room dimension recommendations for GE's cath lab product line, from the bread-and-butter Innova series to the newer IGS models. The only down side? We had to update our tattoos as well (ouch!)

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, Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Imaging Equipment Applications Training vs System Demonstration of Use

Posted by Danny Fisher

Jun 21, 2017 3:57:00 PM

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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, 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

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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, Video

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

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 6, 2015 3:16:00 PM

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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 disassembly.

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Topics: X-Ray

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