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Steve Rentz Steve Rentz is the Product Manager for MRI Scanners at Block Imaging. He is also a husband, father of 3, triathlete, woodworker, and barbecue master. Steve's goal is to earn each customer's trust and business by specifically addressing the needs of their unique project



When Is Short-Bore MRI Too Short?

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jan 8, 2021 4:15:00 PM

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Over the last several years, MRI systems have continued to evolve and become more patient-friendly. Bore size, noise reduction, faster scan times- all of these have been adapted to accommodate large, claustrophobic, and/or just plain nervous patients while they're on the table.

This is well and good for the overall experience of receiving an MRI scan, but is there a point at which gains in comfort compromise functionality? In short: yes, but it may be worth it for some facilities. Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of using a short-bore MRI scanner at your facility.

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Topics: MRI

Hitachi Airis II vs. Airis Elite: Open MRI Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Dec 11, 2020 11:45:00 AM

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Looking over the wide landscape of secondary market MRIs, a couple of things become very clear: Open MRI is still widely used and in high demand, and the Hitachi Airis II is still one of the most popular open MRIs of them all. With .3 Tesla strength, a permanent magnet, and low annual maintenance costs, it’s a reliable system that meets a variety of imaging needs.  

More and more, however, Hitachi Airis Elites are appearing on the secondary market. This is also a .3T open MRI, but with enhanced coils, electronics, and software.  Often the Elites are “upgraded” Airis IIs, but there’s no real difference in power between these and a factory-born Elite since the magnets are the same in each model – that is, an “upgraded Elite” is still every bit an Airis Elite!

As Elites become increasingly common, used MRI buyers have begun asking questions about the factors that set these two models apart from one another. Although there are many differences between Airis IIs and Airis Elites, I’ll address the top three as I see them:

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Topics: MRI

Siemens MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Nov 11, 2020 1:15:00 PM

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If you're on the hunt for a Siemens 1.5T MRI, you already know there are a number of models available on the secondary market. While it's great to have options, it can also make the decision more complicated.

Which MRI scanner is best for you? If you prefer Siemens equipment, take a look at the 1.5T MRI models below for more information to help you reach your answer:

 

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Topics: MRI

1.5T MRI Machine Price Guide

Posted by Steve Rentz

Oct 5, 2020 10:30:00 AM

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The 1.5T scanner is the quintessential MRI machine. It's powerful enough to perform the vast majority of common MRI studies, readily available on the secondary market, and (relatively speaking) moderately priced- which is what you came here for, right? 

Well, before we dig in and tell you what you can expect to pay for a used 1.5T MRI machine from one of the major manufacturers, you should know that the price for an individual system will vary across a number of factors including availability, coils, software levels, channels, and gradient type. To account for these variables, we'll show you the full range of current average prices for each machine. 

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Topics: MRI

Top MRI Manufacturers Compared: Choosing the Best for Your Needs

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 7, 2020 5:00:00 PM

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MRI Manufacturers Compared

Since first publishing this article in 2015, thousands more people have come to us with a wide variety of MRI needs and, depending on what those needs were, we've directed them to many different models from many different manufacturers. Why? Not all MRI scanners perform equally across all of the aspects that users value.

To help you build an idea of what to expect, we'll share some of the big considerations we've seen buyers grapple with. Individual cases vary but, in our experience and the experiences our partners have shared with us, the following are a snapshot of what each of these "major player" MRI manufacturers looks like on the third-party market.

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Topics: MRI

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