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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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Garth Immelman

Garth Immelman is a Parts Customer Service Representative at Block Imaging. He views every day as an opportunity to grow in his role, supplying the industry with and educating it about the parts that keep their equipment going. At home, Garth is a husband, dog dad, and football (in the European sense) fanatic.

Recent Posts

OEC Image Intensifier Power Supplies: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Garth Immelman

May 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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The image intensifier (II) is a core part of most OEC C-arms (with the exception of only the newest FPD model). If you are an OEC user, then you're familiar with how essential the II is. Just as important as the II is to the overall C-arm, is the II's power supply to it's function. The II power supply provides the II with the power it needs to amplify the light signal produced by the X-ray conversion process. It also modulates the intensity of this power to balance the sizing, focus, and edge focus of each of the II’s magnification modes. 

It's a common assumption that when you purchase an II it comes with a power supply. This is not true- the II power supply is its own FRU (field replacement unit) part and needs to be purchased separately. Because this part is so important to the II, we’ve provided some stats to help you know what to expect when replacing your OEC image intensifier power supply.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

Used Medical Imaging Parts vs. New: What’s BEST for You?

Posted by Garth Immelman

May 1, 2019 4:40:00 PM

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The nature of all things mechanical is that eventually some part of them will either fail or show signs that failure is on the way. Whether it’s a car, a furnace, or even that CT scanner you just added to you imaging center, the dreaded day that it “starts smoking” is just a matter of time.

Medical imaging parts are purchased every day by hospitals and imaging centers across the medical imaging field. If you've been through it and are hoping for a way to save, there's good news: you have the option of deciding whether you want to buy new or used. If you’re anything like me, you might wrestle between when it makes sense to buy new and when it might be a better idea to buy used. Here are a few things to consider as you approach the decision:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts

Decoding the MRC 200 Cath/Angio X-Ray Tube

Posted by Garth Immelman

Apr 8, 2019 4:15:00 PM

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If you're working with a Philips cath/angio lab like the Allura FD10 or FD20, you’re using an MRC 200 X-ray tube. And just like any X-ray tube, the MRC 200 will need to be replaced occasionally. When that time comes for you (and it's likely to come a few times over the course of your lab's life), you’ll find several product descriptions for the type of MRC 200 tubes in circulation. These descriptions include digits and initials that might not make any sense to you at first. Today, we're breaking these descriptions down so you can make your next major component purchase fully-informed.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Parts

Mammography vs. Breast MRI for Breast Cancer Detection

Posted by Garth Immelman

Dec 20, 2017 10:07:00 AM

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Many of our readers have asked us the question: “What’s the difference between getting a breast MRI versus a regular mammogram using a mammography machine?” This is a great question, the answer to which highlights the separate strengths of these modalities.

Each machine has its advantages and disadvantages that result in one being more suitable for general screening (mammography) and the other more suitable for diagnosis and staging (MRI).

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Topics: MRI, Mammography

Decoding the Megalix Cath/Angio X-Ray Tube

Posted by Garth Immelman

Dec 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

If your facility uses a Siemens cath/angio lab like the Axiom Artis, the Multistar, or the Angiostar, you've got a Megalix X-ray tube. As with any X-ray tube, the Megalix will require replacement from time to time. When you start to shop around for your replacement, you're likely to come across a variety of product descriptions for the types of Megalix tubes in circulation. These descriptions are made up of numbers and abbreviations that might not make a whole lot of sense at first. We've broken down what they mean so that you can be more informed as you make your next major component purchase.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Parts

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