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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

Kenn Dextrom

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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

Bi-Plane Cath Labs vs Single-Plane Cath Labs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Aug 8, 2018 9:06:00 AM

Bi Plane vs. Single Plane

 

For those entering the cath lab market for the first time, there are scads of options on the table as you begin doing your homework and narrowing down the field. One of the major options you'll run across is whether you want a single or bi-plane cath lab system. To help you make that determination, we've compiled a short list of things you should know first.

Single and bi-plane cath labs differ from one another in several main ways:

  1. Image Acquisition Speed
  2. Specialization
  3. Space Requirements
  4. Site Preparation
  5. Cost
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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

Using GE Innova 2100 in Peripheral Studies

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jul 19, 2018 8:45:00 AM

2100 for peripheral

For years, the conventional wisdom in the interventional radiology space was that it was most advantageous for peripheral studies to be conducted on cath labs with larger detectors. Even here, on the Block Imaging blog page, we've discussed matching detector sizes with applications and recommended using 40 cm detectors like those on the Innova 4100 for peripheral. More and more, however, we're hearing from some users that they prefer using the 20 cm detectors on their Innova 2100s for this work.

In response to this trend, we'd like to share with you why some cath lab users are using their small detector systems, like the Innova 2100, for peripheral studies.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

    
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