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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

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When a PET/CT with Time of Flight Might Not Be a Good Fit

Posted by Josh Nunez

Feb 8, 2019 4:03:00 PM

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There are some technological advances that are really nice to have. They make things quicker, they reduce our effort or increase our comfort, and some of them simply make work or home better. I don't have Bluetooth in my car, for example, and I still get where I need to go- but when I drive a rental that does have it, you can bet I'm using it constantly.

The technology we're discussing today, Time of Flight (TOF), is significantly more consequential in the scan room than Bluetooth is in your car, but the question still remains: Do you really need it? If you're on the fence, the following are a few factors that might help you arrive at a more clear answer.

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Topics: PET/CT, PET Scanners

Siemens ECAT PET Scanners Compared

Posted by Josh Nunez

Dec 28, 2018 10:35:00 AM

Siemens ECAT PET Compared

Considering a PET scanner purchase? If you are, it won’t be long before your search brings you across the Siemens ECAT series. Below we’ll tell you some key features of the models that make up the ECAT product line and have a little historical fun along the way.

Those of you over 30, prepare to get a little nostalgic as we travel back in time to the mid 90’s. It was the best of times (economic boom, internet proliferation, The X-Files), it was the worst of times (bowl cuts, shoulder pads, the Macarena). It was also when Siemens began manufacturing the first ECAT PET scanners, the ECAT ART and ECAT 951. Given their age and rarity, we won’t spend much time on these models other than to say that they provided the framework for the technological advances that would characterize future ECAT installments.

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Topics: PET Scanners

Philips Brightview System Review

Posted by Josh Nunez

Nov 7, 2018 3:49:45 PM

Brightview Review

Are you looking for a general purpose nuclear camera? One with modern software, reliable detectors, and ready parts availability? Do you have a standing relationship with a Philips-savvy service engineer? To that end, we submit the Philips Brightview for your consideration.

The factors we just mentioned are all good reasons for camera buyers to look into a Brightview, and they're not the only advantages you'll find on its spec sheet, but on top of that the model presents a solid value for Philips-heavy facilities because of the unique moment in which we find the camera market. Keep reading for more on both sides of the Philips Brightview.

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Topics: Nuclear Camera

Gemini TF 16: Dispelling Concerns over Philips PET/CT

Posted by Josh Nunez

Oct 31, 2018 4:57:30 PM

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We recently received a call from a PET/CT buyer, concerned that we had proposed a 2007 Philips Gemini TF 16 as a replacement for his 2002 Siemens Biograph Duo. Someone in his personal network had warned him that Philips scanners were inferior and he wasn't keen on taking on more risk in his practice.

Knowing what we know about the PET/CT market, his concern is understandable, and so is the claim from whomever warned him. However, some things have changed and they're worth noting. Here’s what we shared with him to help with the decision.

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Topics: PET/CT, PET Scanners

Buying a PET/CT Scanner? 3 Questions to Guide Your Search

Posted by Josh Nunez

Sep 4, 2018 3:03:00 PM

If you are about to jump into the market for your first PET/CT scanner, you are also about to step headlong into a veritable sea of options, accessories, and price points. Before you get started, there are a few questions you should have at least tentative answers to. We originally posted these PET/CT buying questions questions in 2015 and, in the time since, have continued to use them in guiding buyers to their best equipment fit.

If the search for your next PET/CT solution seems overwhelming, answering these three questions will get you started in the right direction.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, PET/CT

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