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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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Steve Rentz

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



Philips Panorama 1.0T HFO Review

Posted by Steve Rentz

Nov 2, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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For customers in search of an Open MRI, the Philips Panorama 1.0T HFO (High Field Open) is likely to show up on the list of systems for your consideration. There are a few things that make the Philips Panorama a unique option, so we thought we'd highlight some of the pros and cons of this popular open MRI.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

3T MRI vs 1.5T MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Oct 18, 2019 12:40:00 PM

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1.5 + 1.5 = 3, right? So a 3T MRI is twice as good as a 1.5T MRI, right?  As far as the field strength is concerned, sure. In the world of sales and marketing, absolutely. But from an imaging standpoint, a throughput standpoint, and a cashflow standpoint, maybe not. 

Before you spend up to twice the money for a 3T, we suggest you take a look at what it can do for you, and what it can’t. Read more below, or watch the video version of this blog at the foot of the page.

Have an MRI machine in mind already? Click here to tell us about your MRI project and get a custom quote.

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

Philips MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 31, 2019 2:29:00 PM

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If you're in the market for an MRI machine, chances are you'll see three big manufacturer names out front- Philips is definitely one of them (along with GE and Siemens).

Philips 1.5T MRI machines come in 4 main varieties that each shine in different areas. We've compiled a review of each 1.5T Philips scanner below to highlight some of those differences and strengths and help you along the way to choosing the best MRI for your facility's needs.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

1.5T MRI Gradient Slew Rates Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 26, 2019 2:25:00 PM

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Thumping along at peak levels of 113 dB (just a couple ticks below a rock concert), MRI gradients are often unnerving and sometimes frightening. If you've ever wondered what it is inside an MRI scanner that makes the loud noise they are known for- gradients are the culprit.

Gradients are actually smaller magnets inside the main MRI magnet. Their job is to modify the magnetic field in the area being scanned so the system can “listen” for the resonance and create an image. It's difficult work to modify a magnetic field strong enough to lift a car (really), so the coils in these smaller magnets move and stress, literally vibrating. These vibrations are the source of the sound.

In spite of being noisy, they drive MRI value on the secondary market and they come in many varieties. That being said, let's dig a bit deeper so you can:

  1. Be better informed when you are selling your used MRI on the secondary market
  2. Compare gradients across manufacturers when buying a 1.5T MRI

Already have an MRI model in mind? Click here to get a system quote!

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI

1.5T MRI Suite Size Requirements

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM

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Most people have more than a few questions right out of the gate as they consider an imaging project, especially when they're looking at an MRI scanner. When considered against all other modalities, MRI is one of the most involved in terms of logistical challenges, site planning, and technical knowledge. 

Part of being prepared for a project is about asking the right questions and fully understanding the answers.  One of these questions should be (scratch that, MUST be): “How big of a room do I need for my MRI suite?” Keep reading for some basic tips and pointers that will help you build more accurate expectations for your MRI scanner project.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

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