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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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Trish Payne

Trish Payne Trish Payne is Block Imaging’s OEM and FDA Liaison. Trish is passionate about understanding the causes of challenges and working collaboratively to overcome them for the good of the imaging industry and the healthcare providers it serves. In addition to keeping Block Imaging’s work in step with industry standards, Trish is a wife, mother of two, tennis player, and world traveler.



Problems with the Right-to-Repair Conversation

Posted by Trish Payne

Sep 23, 2020 12:53:51 PM

:: 4 minute read ::

If you are not yet familiar with The Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act of 2020, “Right to Repair” for short, here’s some quick background. The bill was introduced on August 6th by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Rep. Yvette Clark of New York in response to concerns that repairs and maintenance on medical equipment were being hampered by restrictive contracts and copyright laws during the COVID-19 crisis.

A statement from Senator Wyden’s website describes the bill’s specifics, saying that, for at least the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would:

  • Protect equipment owners, lessees, and servicers from liability under federal copyright law for creating an incidental copy of service materials or for breaking a digital lock during the course of equipment repair in response to COVID-19;
  • Allow equipment owners or lessees to fabricate patented parts on a non-commercial basis and as needed for repair or maintenance in response to COVID-19;
  • Invalidate provisions in equipment contracts to the extent that they prohibit or restrict the repair or maintenance of critical medical infrastructure in response to COVID-19; 
  • Require manufacturers to provide, on fair and reasonable terms, access to information and tools used to diagnose problems and service, maintain, or repair equipment; and
  • Require the Federal Trade Commission to evaluate the bill’s impact and effectiveness on innovation and competition in the critical medical infrastructure market.

The bill has garnered praise and support from rural healthcare systems, independent engineering groups, and many civil interest groups but, unsurprisingly, has come under fire from OEMs and their partner lobbying groups.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Medical Imaging News

AIAT Information Explained for X-ray Equipment Installations

Posted by Trish Payne

Mar 6, 2020 4:30:00 PM

:: 2 minute read ::

If you've read somewhere, heard somewhere, or been told by someone that you need to get AIAT information for your medical imaging equipment, we're willing to bet your first response was, "Huh?" That's okay! You're certainly not alone (we get questions about it all the time) and you've come to the right place to have those initials decoded.

In the next few paragraphs, or in the video version (you TLDR types can just scroll down a bit), we'll give you the basics on AIAT: What it is, why you need it, and where you can get it.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Why Radiation Safety Training?

Posted by Trish Payne

May 7, 2015 10:23:00 AM

:: 2 minute read ::

ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) is just one of the dozens of acronyms you're likely to hear working in the radiology field. Unfortunately, as with any other acronym that gets regular usage, the more you hear it and use it, the less likely you become to really consider its full implications.

Does everyone on your team really know and use best practice to keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable? When was the last time they had a refresher on those practices? Do you have any way of knowing or documenting that?

If your answers to the previous questions included anything like, "no" or, "I'm not sure", the following are three big reasons why you need to consider a radiation safety training program at your facility.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Medical Imaging Compliance

2014 Joint Commission Standards: CT, Nuclear, PET, MRI

Posted by Trish Payne

May 2, 2014 5:01:00 PM

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Starting this summer, all Joint Commission-accredited organizations that provide services in CT, nuclear medicine, PET, and MRI will be subject to new standards. The first of these standards will go into effect on July 1st and others will roll out gradually throughout the remainder of the year and on into 2015.

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Topics: PET/CT, Nuclear Camera, MRI, PET Scanners, Medical Imaging Compliance

C-Arm Radiation Safety 101

Posted by Trish Payne

Feb 7, 2014 9:00:00 AM

:: 2 minute read ::

When it comes to radiation safety in medical imaging, the guiding principle is ALARA: “as low as reasonably achievable.” This goes not only for the patients being scanned, but also for the technicians and physicians who are often in the vicinity of the equipment.

Radiation exposure in fluoroscopy equipment like C-arms comes from two main sources- “scatter” radiation that bounces off the patient's body and “leakage” radiation from the X-ray tube. Of the two sources of exposure, scatter radiation varies considerably more and is the higher contributor to overall exposure.  

If you're new to the medical imaging field or to radography/fluoroscopy, there are a few things you should know about getting your radiation exposure ALARA. Below are 4 areas to focus on for greater radiation safety:

 

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Topics: C-Arm, X-Ray

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