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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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Simeon Lowe

Simeon Lowe



4 Tips for Enduring the Helium Shortage in Medical Imaging

Posted by Simeon Lowe

Jan 24, 2019 5:03:33 PM

Helium-Shortage-Tips

We blogged recently about the latest shortage in helium for medical imaging. Now, for those of you affected, we want to share some strategies we've seen pay off for MRI users during previous times of scarcity. Use the three tips below to minimize the impact of the helium shortage on your imaging facility.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

The Current State of Helium/Cryogen Supply in Medical Imaging

Posted by Simeon Lowe

Jan 15, 2019 3:07:00 PM

Helium-Shortage-MRI

Not long ago, MRI users saw a shortage in the liquid helium supply that lasted several years. This was followed, until recently, by a period of recovery as government stockpiles were opened and a portion of that stored helium was released onto the market. Now, however, there is a sort of "shortage 2.0" in effect. To help all you MRI users better understand the scenario this time around, we'll share some details about the current shortage and what you can expect from it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, medical imaging news

How to Fix Your Sagging Mini C-Arm

Posted by Simeon Lowe

Aug 13, 2018 2:42:00 PM

Tighten Mini C-Arm

Are you having trouble keeping your OEC 6800 or 6600 mini C-arm in position? Does the articulating arm gradually sag lower and lower throughout your scans? If so, there's no need to worry. This is actually a very common problem, you'd be far from the first mini C-arm user to ask us about it, and it happens to be a very easy problem to solve as well.

Follow the 5 simple steps in the video below (or scroll to the text version if preferred) to return your OEC mini C-arm to the firm, stable positioning it had when you first acquired it.


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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

Relocating Your CT Scanner: What You Need to Know

Posted by Simeon Lowe

Aug 2, 2017 4:29:38 PM

If you're considering relocating your current CT scanner, you're probably already aware that it's a move that can save you significant dollars and improve the care you're able to deliver across multiple facilities. If it's your first time relocating, however, you may not be aware of all of the steps, requirements, and "moving parts" of a project like this.

As an equipment and service provider, Block Imaging has performed hundreds of imaging system relocations over the last 20 years. To help you better prepare for your upcoming relocation, we'll share below some of the tips and pointers first-time relocaters need in advance for a smoother CT move and a quicker turnaround to installation and scanning in the system's new home.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management, CT Scanner

Imaging Equipment Service: Cost vs. Quality

Posted by Simeon Lowe

May 14, 2015 1:17:43 PM

Before we purchase almost anything, one of the questions we ask is, “Does the quality of this item justify its cost?” Other factors come into play but, for most, this question trumps all others. If it didn’t, most of us would either be eating Ramen noodles and listening to tapes on a Walkman, or very quickly broke from refusing to drive anything less than a Maserati with a trunk full of Maine lobster.

This concept of cost vs. quality applies when choosing your imaging equipment service provider every bit as much as it does in the market or at the car lot- and we don't think it's true that only the most expensive service provider (generally the OEM) can deliver excellent quality. Here's why:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

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