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Kenn Dextrom

Kenn Dextrom Kenn Dextrom is the Interventional Radiology Product Manager at Block Imaging. His aim is to provide clear direction and careful planning to make each customer's project as seamless as possible. Out of the office, he spends most of his time keeping up with his wife and their three energetic sons.



How Long Will My Cath Lab Tube Last?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Feb 17, 2021 3:15:00 PM

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It's a question we've heard from cath lab equipment and parts buyers over and over: "How long can I expect my cath lab's X-ray tube to last?" Some of the people asking have no point of reference for X-ray tube lifespans. Others wonder if they can compare their cath tube to the lifespan they see in their facility's CT tubes, measured in milliamp seconds or scan seconds. Unfortunately, most cath labs don’t track tube usage in the same way as other modalities, and there isn't a way to know for sure just when a tube will reach the end of its useful life. Still, through experience and awareness of tube usage, there are some rough averages that emerge.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Parts

Philips Allura FD10 vs. Allura FD20 Cath/Angio Comparison

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jan 29, 2021 2:00:00 PM

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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

How Much Can I Save with a Refurbished Cath Lab?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Nov 4, 2020 4:00:00 PM

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Most of us expect to pay much less for something that is refurbished than something that is new. That's a perfectly reasonable expectation and one that holds as true for interventional imaging equipment as any product. With that expectation intact, the question becomes, "Exactly how much do I stand to save by buying a refurbished cath lab?" We believe there are two answers to this question: a dollar amount and an overall value.

Below, we'll share what dollar amount you can expect top save when you buy a refurbished cath lab versus a new one, as well as the additional value those savings create.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

Cooling in the Cath Lab

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Oct 29, 2020 3:45:00 PM

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A common mistake we see in the cath lab planning and construction process is not accounting for the significant heat produced throughout the lab. When the heat produced by electronic equipment isn't properly dissipated, it can lead to damage. Our Service team has received many a call for system issues with excessively high temperatures at their root. The only solution: make sure your cath lab suite is equipped with proper cooling measures. 

We'll unpack what type of cooling you need in each area of your cath lab suite to prevent overheating that can cause damage to your system and downtime in your schedule.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

The Best Cath Lab Service for You

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Oct 14, 2020 2:24:56 PM

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Interventional cath and angio systems are not only big investments, they're a cornerstone modality in hospitals and clinics. This is why it's crucial to have the right level of service coverage for them. If you're not confident in your service coverage, few things are worse than finding out the tube or detector on your cath lab has failed and needs to be replaced.

To avoid situations like this, which can quickly rack up costs in time, money, and aggravation, you can mitigate the problem with the right service plan. Below, we'll cover a few things to consider while you shop for cath lab service. We'll also discuss three levels of coverage on the cath lab service market and what they offer in support and peace of mind.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service

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