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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

Josh Nunez

Josh Nunez Josh Nunez is the Product Manager for Molecular Imaging Equipment at Block Imaging. He is also a husband, father of 5, athlete, and literature and photography buff. Josh is energized by developing an understanding of each customer's unique imaging needs and overcoming the challenge of helping find them the perfect equipment match.



What Happens During Nuclear Camera Refurbishment?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Jun 11, 2020 4:02:50 PM

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We have conversations every day with people considering their first purchase of a refurbished nuclear camera. Every time, part of the conversation is the question, "What happens during nuclear camera refurbishment?" And it's an excellent question, because there are a number of sellers who offer refurbished systems, but not many who have an easy-to-find place with a detailed answer. Our aim in this article is to make that answer clear for anyone out to buy a refurbished nuclear camera.

Below is the process we use at Block Imaging to restore used nuclear camera systems to OEM specifications for image quality and performance:

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Topics: Nuclear Camera, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment

Which PET/CT Scanner Is the Best Value?

Posted by Josh Nunez

May 5, 2020 5:15:00 PM

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As a potential PET/CT system buyer, perhaps you’ve been here: the head of radiology insists that a new 256-slice PET/CT is the technology you need, while the CFO is leaning toward keeping the “old faithful” 2 or 4-slice from 2001. Okay, maybe this is a slight exaggeration, but it does illustrate the core dilemma: Which PET/CT offers the best value, balancing purchase price and ongoing costs with function and image quality?

Unfortunately, this is not a question with a one-size-fits-all answer. Not every facility has the same patient volume, the same specialty, or the same budgetary flexibility. Depending on your intended/predicted usage, the following are several refurbished PET/CT scanners we've found that strike the balance between cost and function well for the majority of applications and specialties in the field.

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Topics: PET/CT

Nuclear Camera Price Cost Guide

Posted by Josh Nunez

Feb 14, 2020 3:15:00 PM

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nuclear-camera-price-guide

When the time comes to upgrade your nuclear camera (or to purchase your first), it's not uncommon to experience a little "sticker shock" or to get several quotes for comparison's sake. While you're getting your quotes, we suggest getting at least one from a provider of used or refurbished systems. There are quality systems to be found and substantial savings to be had.

To get an idea of what those savings might look like here in 2020, watch the video or read the list below to see cost information for nuclear cameras for all applications. 

Have a system in mind? Click here to request a nuclear camera quote.

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Topics: Nuclear Camera, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

How Much Does a PET/CT Scanner Cost?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Jan 24, 2020 10:45:00 AM

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PET-CT-Price-Guide

It's a question our team addresses several times every week: "How much does a PET/CT scanner cost?"  Well, the answer depends on a number of factors, and is seldom exactly the same from site-to-site, but we've compiled the ranges of current average pricing to help guide your search.

There is one cost factor that is more telling than any other: slice count. The more slices the CT portion of the machine can capture, the more you'll pay for it. Watch the video or read the list below to see 2020 cost information for PET/CT scanners across the full range of slice counts. 

Looking for a custom PET/CT or PET scanner cost quote? Click here to tell us about your project.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, PET/CT, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost, Video

Is It Time to Replace Your Philips Forte Nuclear Camera?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Oct 1, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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It’s been several years since Philips declared their Forte nuclear camera end of life (EOL). Still, through the service and spare parts support of third party providers, many users have continued scanning patients with them. Now, however, this years-long arrangement may no longer be a viable one.

On September 19, Philips Sr. Manager of Post Market Surveillance issued an urgent field safety notice to all users of the Forte family to discontinue use until further notice. This applies to all Fortes, including the Powerpack, the Jetstream, or systems refurbished by Philips.

In the notice, Philips said “There is a possibility that a detector may fall unimpeded vertically to the end stops of its travel limit, due to mechanical failure, possibly making contact with a patient that could result in entrapment, serious injury, or death.” Essentially, anyone who keeps using the Forte runs the risk of hurting a patient, or worse, with a falling detector.

This news raises serious questions for facilities that have relied on the Philips Forte for their nuclear medicine studies. What's being done? How long will it take? What are our alternatives? Below, we'll address those questions with the information that's available now. Check back periodically to to see updates as they become available from Philips and the FDA.

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Topics: Nuclear Camera, Medical Imaging News

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