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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

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.



Questions to Ask BEFORE You Buy a Cath Lab

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 23, 2019 1:30:00 PM

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Searching for the perfect cath lab? It’s a lot more work than you thought, huh? Some people love the hunt, the chance to see what the imaging equipment jungle has to offer and to snare the system that best balances utility and economy for their site. Others: not so much. It can be incredibly difficult to hunt when you have no idea what prey you’re after.

Fortunately, we can help you narrow your search and get you stalking the best game for your imaging AND budgetary needs. We know you’ll have plenty of questions for us along the way, but the best place for cath lab hunters to start their journey is by answering the following questions for themselves.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Why I Would Never Own a Digital Cath Lab Without a Service Contract

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 19, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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We've all stood in the checkout line at Best Buy before. Maybe you've just bought a new HDTV- you're excited to go home, mount it on the wall, and fire up Star Wars in 4K, when the cashier asks the question, "Do you want to pay an additional $99 to extend the 3-year warranty?"

Thinking back through my history as a TV owner and how many times I've actually needed to have one repaired, I calculate the risk in an instant and politely decline. Then I go about my life, happy with my decision and comfortable with the low-probability risk I've just taken.

This is my approach to warranties with many products, but my perspective has changed over my years of selling digital cath/angio labs. Relative to this equipment, the risk can be very high, and the warranties can bring so much more value to the table. Check out the examples below to see what I mean and learn what you could save with the right service investment,

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts

How to Tell if a GE Innova Is an IQ System

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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The “IQ” suffix on some systems in the GE Innova line of cath labs has caused some confusion over the years. Having an IQ could mean more, or different, table-side controls, a touchscreen interface, and improved PACS integration. However, we've talked to a lot of people wondering exactly which Innova version they have and whether or not they can enjoy the advantages of the IQ platform.

We decided it was time to record the answers and put the question to rest once and for all. Here are some tips you can use to identify whether or not your Innova cath lab system is actually an Innova IQ.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio

How Much Does a GE Innova Cath Lab Cost?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Dec 4, 2019 11:45:00 AM

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GE's Innova cath labs are a popular and versatile product line. They come in several varieties and, depending on the needs of your specialty, there's one for everyone.

Almost anyone looking for a cath lab will, at some point, consider a GE Innova. Unfortunately, all of those cath lab shoppers will find few places where they can get some clear average prices. That's what this blog is for.

Read below for average price ranges and monthly lease payment estimates on refurbished GE Innova 2100, 3100, and 4100.

Please note that prices on cath labs vary depending on the individual system's software level, hardware configuration, X-ray tube age, detector age, and the age of the overall system. The ranges below include installation and 1-year warranty. 

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

How Many Monitors Come with a Cath Lab?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Nov 27, 2019 2:15:00 PM

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Setting up a cath lab with all the right options for your specialty, your workflow, and your physicians' preferences comes with a lot of questions. Among those we're asked most often: How many monitors come with a cath lab system?

The answer to that question isn't 100% cut-and-dry, but we can help you know what to expect as you begin shopping. Keep reading to learn more about monitor options for your next cath lab system.

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Topics: Cath/Angio

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