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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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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

Recent Posts

What Is an MRI Quench?

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jun 13, 2019 12:20:13 PM

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If you’ve been in an MRI facility, you've probably noticed a large red button in a conspicuous place. Did you feel the urge to press it? Did you wonder what would happen if you did? Maybe, but you'd NEVER actually press it – because you are not 7 years old, right? What you were looking at was, essentially, the MRI’s “Off” button. Turning an MRI off can be done in a couple different ways: one that's slower, easier on the machine, and a whole lot cheaper, but the big, red button is by far the more exciting. It even has a cool name: "quench". If you're unsure of what happens when an MRI quenches, this blog is for you!

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Philips Achieva 1.5T vs. Philips Ingenia 1.5T

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jun 3, 2019 12:35:27 PM

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Every day, our team has the privilege of helping medical professionals find the MRI equipment they're looking for and, increasingly, the name they're after is Philips.

The mainstay equipment type in MRI is most definitely the 1.5T closed-bore magnet. As facilities seek to fill this important space in their imaging stable with a Philips system, the two models they most often have in mind are the Philips Achieva and the Philips Ingenia. Below, we'll compare the Achieva and the Ingenia to help you better understand their features and the value each system brings for buyers on the secondary market.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

MRI Machine Cost and Price Guide

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 24, 2019 2:45:00 PM

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It's a question we get every single day: "How much does an MRI machine cost?" And for good reason: an MRI scanner is both a cornerstone and, often, the most costly modality in any imaging department.

To lend some clarity on the subject, the price list below breaks down current average cost and price information for popular MRI machine models from leading manufacturers like GE, Siemens, Hitachi, Philips, and Toshiba, If you're a more visual person, you can also see the list in video format.

Click here to see current MRI machine inventory and get a custom quote.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

Is a Helium Shortage a Good Time to Upgrade Your MRI?

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 21, 2019 12:29:13 PM

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The current shortage of liquid helium and the high prices that come with it might make right now seem like a time for MRI users to lay low, hunker down, grit their teeth, and prepare for a long slog through a turbulent market. But, market turbulence or not, the opposite could be true- depending on what type of MRI you use. Below, we'll share with you why now might be a good time to make a bold capital equipment move: upgrading to a more efficient MRI system.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Wide-Bore MRI Comparison: Siemens Espree vs. Siemens Aera

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 6, 2019 3:45:00 PM

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The popularity of Siemens wide-bore magnets has been unparalleled in the marketplace since 2005. The Siemens Espree became the preeminent option when 70 cm and closed-bore magnets were discussed in the same conversation. Now, the Espree's "younger sibling", the Aera has become a hot topic among MRI buyers. But how do they stack up? Is this incremental improvement, or a sea change for wide-bore systems? To shed some light on that, below we'll compare the Siemens Espree and the Siemens Aera.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

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