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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

OEC 9800 Flat Screen Monitor Upgrades: Choosing the Best One for You

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Dec 30, 2020 4:00:00 PM

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OEC 9800 Monitor Upgrades

For the last several years, people have been looking for ways to continue using and even improve upon the ever-popular OEC 9800. We’ve blogged about 9800 monitor upgrades before, but the technology continues to evolve. If you've been considering upgrades to your OEC 9800 display, keep reading to learn more about what's out there now, what you can expect on the horizon, and how to choose the best option for you.

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Topics: C-Arm

Siemens Definition Series CT Scanners Compared

Posted by Paul Crawford

Dec 17, 2020 1:45:00 PM

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While Siemens is busy marketing and selling their latest CT scanners, the "SOMATOM go" series, the secondary CT market is seeing an increasing availability of units from the previous generation: the Definition series.

If you're looking for a previously-owned CT, a system from the Definition series could be a good fit for your needs. But which one should you choose? Because there are so many details packed into the name of each of them, we're going to take the next few paragraphs to clarify what makes each Definition scanner different from the other members of its family.

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Topics: CT

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

Block Imaging, Neusoft Medical Launch Expanding CT Partnership

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Dec 9, 2020 1:00:00 PM

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Block Imaging is pleased to announce an expansion in their partnership with Neusoft Medical Systems USA. In the coming months, Block and Neusoft will deliver and install the first of seven NeuViz CT scanners bound for  locations of Crucial Care, a growing acute stroke care provider based in Florida. The partnership combines Neusoft’s workhorse technology with Block Imaging’s responsive, US-based engineering and customer support team. As more Neusoft scanners begin scanning, Block will match the growth with additional field service engineers to support the increased demand expected through 2021 and beyond. Together, Block and Neusoft look forward to bringing Crucial Care and their patients unparalleled reliability, value, and customer experience.

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Topics: Medical Imaging News, CT

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