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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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Josh Block

Josh Block is the President of Block Imaging. He is also a husband, father of two, and self-proclaimed waffle chef. As a part of the second generation of Blocks to lead Block Imaging, Josh carries on the family passion for putting people first, delivering memorable service, and improving lives all over the world by empowering medical care providers with high-quality equipment.
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How to Choose a Refurbished Equipment Vendor Based on Service Support

Posted by Josh Block

Apr 5, 2017 9:14:08 AM

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Today's marketplace affords dozens of options in purchasing refurbished equipment. On top of that, many providers offer warranty periods ranging from 30 days to a full year. This is great, right? Warranties provide an added peace of mind, help maintain uptime, and help control costs if something should go wrong with the system. Yes, all of that is true- but only if the company serving the warranty is well-equipped to carry it out.

Simply being offered a warranty is no guarantee that you'll actually be satisfied with the service. The following are a few questions to ask your prospective vendor about their warranty fulfillment to make sure their commitment isn't creating a false peace of mind.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

4 Questions to Find the Best MRI Sound System

Posted by Josh Block

Mar 3, 2017 1:53:56 PM

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A quality sound system has become a patient comfort standard in MRI suites. In light of the wide range of available offerings, however, deciding on a sound system for your scanning room has become a daunting task. The goal is, of course, to provide your patients with comfort, but it's also important to avoid adding unnecessary complications to your MRI technologist’s job. To this end, there are four key questions we've found it helpful to ask as you approach your MRI sound system purchase.

Have other preparations to make for your MRI sytem? Click here for our full Project Planning Checklist.

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Topics: MRI

Siemens Avanto vs. Siemens Espree: MRI Comparison

Posted by Josh Block

Dec 20, 2016 3:30:00 PM

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As an elite MRI manufacturer, Siemens continues to create impressive technical advances in each new model lineup. At the same time, as brand-new generations of Siemens magnets are released, the secondary market begins to increase its access to affordable, late-model siemens MRI scanners.

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Among the models in that second category, you'll find the Avanto and Espree 1.5T scanners. But when confronted with the laundry list of specifications that comes with these systems, it can be somewhat daunting to arrive at a clear decision between them. To help simplify the choice between purchasing an Avanto MRI or an Espree MRI, we've compiled the most notable and relevant similarities and differences below.

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Topics: MRI

Digital X-Ray Detectors: 6 Key Factors that Drive Upgrade Pricing

Posted by Josh Block

Nov 25, 2016 9:24:00 AM

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Due to the 7% reimbursement cuts to CR-processed scans beginning in 2018 (via The Consolidated Appropriations Act), the next 13 months are "crunch time" in making the decision of whether or not to upgrade from CR to DR.

At this point, the benefits of upgrading to direct-to-digital scanning are widely understood, making the decision, primarily, a budgetary one. To help ease that decision and clarify what exactly is being paid for with that total upgrade price, we've compiled the following points to share what may be needed and included along with a detector purchase for a seamless integration into your facility's equipment stable.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

GE Global Services: IAMERS Q & A Recap

Posted by Josh Block

Oct 5, 2016 9:10:35 AM

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Two months ago, we published a blog about a letter from GE declaring "non-base" software options on GE systems non-transferrable. In that blog, we mentioned our expectation of finding more details on that development in an upcoming trip to the IAMERS meeting in Portugal. Well, we're back from Portugal, and, as promised, we're going to share with you what we learned.

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Topics: medical imaging news

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