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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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Jeremy Block

Jeremy Block is the Senior Vice President of Dealer Solutions at Block Imaging. Between building imaging equipment deals all over the world and raising six kids in Michigan, he’s no stranger to problem solving when obstacles arise. Wherever you may be, Jeremy’s goal is to make your buying or selling experience as easy as possible.
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GE VCT 64 vs. Philips Brilliance 64

Posted by Jeremy Block

May 18, 2017 11:36:19 AM

Both the GE VCT 64 and the Philips Brilliance 64 are prominent models from prominent players on the 64-slice CT scanner market. Admittedly- the two systems have a lot in common, and either can serve both patient and radiologist needs well. There are, however, some factors that set apart the experiences of owning and using one over the other.  So, what are those differences, and how do you choose?

Below are a few key pros, cons, differences, and similarities to think over as you consider the GE VCT 64 and Philips Brilliance 64 as options in the hunt for your next CT scanner.

Already have a model in mind? Click here to see CT scanner inventory.

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Topics: CT Scanner

GE VCT 64 vs. Siemens Sensation 64

Posted by Jeremy Block

Dec 2, 2016 4:30:00 PM

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When people hit the market for a 64-slice CT scanner, the GE VCT and the Siemens Sensation are two models that are likely to be "first pagers" on that initial Google search. While these models aren't that hard to find, what can be much harder is deciphering how they stack up side-by-side. They're both 64-slice scanners, with high-end features and upgrade options, from well-respected, leading manufacturers- and they fall in the same ballpark price bracket. So how do you choose?

Below are a few considerations from both the hardware/features side of things and the ownership experience side that will help you as you narrow down your 64-slice CT scanner options.

 

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Topics: CT Scanner

3 Reasons Why GE CT Scanners Cost More

Posted by Jeremy Block

Nov 18, 2016 12:08:00 PM

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I am regularly asked, "Why does a GE CT scanner cost so much more than the other manufacturers?" We frequently see GE 8-slice CTs going for the same price as a Philips or Siemens 16-slice and this is similarly true for higher-end equipment. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Here are three main reasons we have found GE CT scanners have a higher initial cost.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

What Medical Imaging Equipment Do They Really Have in Inventory?

Posted by Jeremy Block

Nov 3, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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Are you skeptical when someone in the used imaging equipment business uses the word "inventory"? We are too. To some providers, "inventory" is simply a list of potential offerings. For others it means a system is paid for and physically present at the company offering it. While this discussion can quickly fall into competing semantics- "What does it mean to actually own something anyway?"  "Do we really 'own' the car we drive or the house we live in?"- our goal is to make it clear why inventory matters and what Block Imaging means when we say, "inventory".

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment

Air-Cooled CT Scanners vs. Water-Cooled CT Scanners

Posted by Jeremy Block

Oct 27, 2016 1:40:00 PM

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Inside every CT scanner gantry are dozens of specialized electronic components working very hard to emit and detect x-rays. All that hard work builds up an immense amount of heat; enough heat to be hazardous to the functions of the CT if it is not somehow dissipated. To keep CT scanners cool, there are two heat dissipation methods currently available on the market: systems cooled by air and systems cooled by water. The following comparison addresses the advantages of using each cooling type in your CT scan room.  

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

Closed MRI vs. Open MRI vs. Wide-Bore MRI

Posted by Jeremy Block

Aug 18, 2016 3:00:00 PM

I have been in the MRI machine sales business for quite some time; discussing their attributes, comparing and contrasting them, and poring over spec sheets, but I had never interacted with one as a patient until recently. I took a serious spill off my bicycle and needed to be checked for head and neck injuries. The experience left me with a new appreciation for some of the options MRI manufacturers have developed. Specifically: closed, open, and wide MRI bores.

Keep reading for a breakdown of the pros and cons of these MRI styles.

Need pricing details on open MRI machines vs. closed MRI? Click here to request a comparison quote.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI

Product Overview: Siemens Axiom Artis Interventional Lab

Posted by Jeremy Block

Nov 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The Axiom Artis is one of the most prevalent product lines from Siemens in the interventional radiology category. One of the first things you’ll notice as you begin to look for information on the Axiom Artis is just how many varieties it comes in: floor- mounted vs. ceiling-mounted vs. a combination of both, image intensifiers vs. detectors, single-plane vs. bi-plane. On top of that, there are numerous software configurations which will determine the kinds of studies each system is equipped to accommodate.

To denote the configuration of each system, Siemens has developed a "code" consisting of eight letters. With so many feature combinations, however, the code leaves you with a lot of acronyms and, perhaps, less clarity than the folks at Siemens might have hoped. We’ve decoded the acronyms below to assist anyone perusing Siemens interventional suites to better understand which system is the right fit.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

GE Discovery IGS 730 vs. GE Innova IGS 530

Posted by Jeremy Block

Oct 2, 2015 5:10:01 PM

GE Healthcare has a long track record of pushing forward new advancements in interventional radiology. They also have a long track record of naming products with strings of numbers and initials that aren't as informative as one might hope. Their recent IGS labs are no exception, and the question has been put to us: "What is the difference between the GE Discovery IGS 730 and the GE Innova IGS 530?" To answer that, we took a deeper look at the specs of each system. Here's what we found:

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Topics: Cath/Angio

Which Cath Angio Lab Image Intensifier Size Do I Need?

Posted by Jeremy Block

Aug 28, 2015 3:43:52 PM

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Over the years, we've had the opportunity to help people from hospitals and clinics across the world choose their interventional radiology equipment. During this process, one of the questions we hear every time is: Which image intensifier (II) size do I need? 

This is a great question and, to get the answer that will be a great fit for your facility, you'll need three other pieces of information. We'll break these down below so that you can be more prepared to get the equipment you need to best serve your patients.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

How Much Does an Open MRI Scanner Weigh?

Posted by Jeremy Block

Jul 10, 2014 9:42:40 AM

Getting a new open MRI scanner can be exciting: new capabilities, new ways to serve patients, and (maybe) eligibility for new reimbursements. But, before you go out and make an equipment purchase, you'll need to contain your excitement for a little while and sort out some logistics. Namely, you'll need to make sure just how much scanner your facility's infrastructure can handle.

With that need-to-know in mind, we've compiled the table below to show you the approximate system weight of the most popular open MRI scanners.

 

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

    

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