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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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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

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI

Who Makes the Best 3D C-Arm?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 25, 2019 3:30:00 PM

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There are a lot of factors to consider when looking for the best C-arm for you. Software platforms, tube power, footprint, service availability, and cost all come into play. But when it comes to finding the very best 3D C-arm, one factor trumps them all: How well does the C-arm capture and render 3D anatomical images?

We dug into what kind of design allows for capturing the most accurate 3D images with the least amount of patient repositioning and the lowest dose. Read on to see the results and learn who makes the best 3D C-arm.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

What Happens During Cath Lab Refurbishment?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Jul 24, 2019 12:31:00 PM

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When speaking with customers about “refurbished cath labs” there are often questions about what the refurbishment includes. There are a number of imaging equipment vendors who offer refurbished systems, but many of them don’t really discuss what their refurbishment process looks like.

We can’t speak for the others, but below is the process we use at Block Imaging to return used cath lab equipment to OEM specifications for image quality and performance:

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Parts, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Cone Beam CT vs. Traditional CT

Posted by Paul Crawford

Jul 23, 2019 11:35:00 AM

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When you think of CT scanners, you usually think of the GE Lightspeed, the Philips Brilliance, the Siemens Sensation, or the Toshiba Aquilion. You think 4-slice, 16-slice, or 64-slice. You think of large machines taking up an entire room and scanning patients from head to toe as they lie on a table.

Now, however, CT is much more than that. We're going to break down the differences in technology and applications between the CT scanners you generally think of and the more specialized cone beam CT (CBCT).

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Topics: CT Scanner

Closed MRI vs. Open MRI vs. Wide-Bore MRI

Posted by Jeremy Block

Jul 22, 2019 3:10:00 PM

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I've been in the MRI machine business for quite some time; discussing their attributes, comparing and contrasting, and poring over spec sheets, but I'd never interacted with one as a patient until a few years ago. I took a serious spill off my bicycle and needed to be checked for head and neck injuries. The experience left me with a new appreciation for some of the options MRI manufacturers have developed. Specifically: closed, open, and wide MRI bores.

Keep reading for a breakdown of the pros and cons of these MRI styles as they relate to magnet strength and patient comfort.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI

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