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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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Kenn Dextrom

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The Best Cath Lab System for Electrophysiology

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Feb 7, 2019 4:07:00 PM


EP, (electrophysiology) labs are where the "mad scientists" of the interventional cardiology world typically find themselves. And as with most mad scientists, they have a particular subset of equipment that they use to practice their craft. At the hub of an EP setup is a cath lab, an equipment type with many choices available. Because of this broad variety, this article is here to provide some guidance on choosing the right lab for EP work.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

GE Innova Cath Labs vs. GE IGS 5 Series Cath Labs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 19, 2018 3:15:00 PM

GE Innova vs GE IGS Series

More and more, people looking for cath/angio systems ask us about GE's IGS 5 equipment series. They are the latest generation in GE's cath/angio product line, introduced in 2012, and are only just starting to creep onto the secondary market. In light of this gradual emergence, availability of used IGS 520,530, and 540 labs is still quite limited- but that doesn't mean facilities need to wait several more years to get cath lab technology that delivers high-level performance.

GE's previous generation of cath lab equipment, the Innova series, is widely available and shares so many features and components with the IGS 5 that the quality and user experience of choosing either are highly similar. Below, we'll lay out some of the similarities and differences between GE Innova and GE IGS 5 cath/angio labs.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

Philips Allura FD10 vs. Allura FD20 Cath/Angio Comparison

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Sep 26, 2018 4:13:00 PM

fd10 vs fd20

The Philips Allura FD20 and FD10 may be similar in appearance at a glance, but they are very different machines in a number of ways. The main difference between them is the work they are used for. The FD10 is primarily a cardiac system. It does have some options that may allow for light peripheral work, but cardiac studies are what it was designed for. The FD20 was designed, when equipped with the appropriate software, to handle a much broader spectrum of applications, including (but not limited to): angio, cardiac, neuro, and vascular.

To keep you better informed about where each of these systems shines, we've compiled a short list of the most relevant similarities and differences between the FD10 and the FD20 below.


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Topics: Cath/Angio

Interventional Radiology Equipment: GE Innova 2100 vs 3100 vs 4100

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Sep 21, 2018 11:55:57 AM

Over the last decade and a half, technological advances in Interventional Radiology (IR) have made dramatic changes in the world of surgery and cardiology. Siemens, Toshiba, Philips, and GE have all made major investments in developing flat panel, digital solutions. Today, we're going to highlight the differences between models in the GE Innova Interventional family

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, Cath/Angio

Cath Lab Equipment Planning... Takes Longer Than You Think

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Aug 17, 2018 10:55:00 AM

Cath Lab Site Planning Timeline

“It doesn’t take that long to install cath lab equipment, right?” My answer to this question would be that it probably takes longer than you think. Of all the modalities that Block Imaging works with, interventional lab installations are the most involved.

Between research, planning, construction, hardware, mechanics, and software/networking- the entire process of bringing a cath lab into a facility averages between six and twelve months, start to finish!

As you begin your interventional lab planning process, here are some very important things to consider.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Project Management

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