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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.

~ Block Imaging Team

What New Tax Laws Mean for Imaging Equipment Deductions

Posted by Zack Mitchell

Mar 1, 2018 4:23:35 PM

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With new tax laws having just gone into effect, the tax landscape for organizations considering capital equipment purchases has changed in a significant way. Now, a buyer can take an immediate 100% depreciation on the purchase of a piece of used equipment; even equipment that has been fully depreciated by the previous owner. This has caused a stir in several industries (most notably aircraft sales) where the Wall Street Journal predicts, "It could mean a shuffling of assets by companies purely for tax reasons and mergers and acquisitions that exploit new tax edges."1 

We don't expect to see assets shuffling wildly in the medical imaging field, given the logistics of relocating the big metal modalities, but we do expect to see some facilities that have been biding their time on upgrades jumping into the market this year to take advantage of their new option for depreciation and deduction. Take a look at the examples below to see the difference.

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Topics: medical imaging news

Z-Motion U-Arms: Compact Rad Room Solution

Posted by Gary Dodge

Feb 28, 2018 2:00:00 PM

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In every type of facility, from a retail shop, to an office, to an imaging center, there has always been a problem with building space: it's much easier to fill it than it is to acquire. Visitor reception, staff work areas, storage, equipment, a bit of countertop for the coffee urn- all of it takes up space, and that space costs money.

The economy of space is precisely the problem the engineers at Control-X had in mind when they developed the Z-Motion U-Arm X-Ray system. If you work at an imaging facility where it's crucial to be space-conscious, read on to find out just how compact and functional the Z-Motion is.

Want to see more spec for the Z-Motion U-Arm? Click here.


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DR Panel Subscription Periods: What to Expect

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Feb 23, 2018 11:20:52 AM

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As society trends toward more diverse forms of ownership and commerce, platform-based and subscription-style services have become increasingly common. Uber, Amazon, Netflix, and others have fundamentally changed the way many of us travel, shop, and plan entertainment for a night in. Now, the same streamlined approach has come to digital radiography (DR). Just like subscribing to a cellphone service, with a single monthly payment for your phone, data, and damage protection, DR users can subcribe to pay off their panel while having it covered for service, updates, and droppage.

Most of the panel buyers we talk with agree that these are great benefits, but the next questions they ask always seem to revolve around the length of the subscription period, the frequency of upgrade elligibility, and just how much of the subscription period they're really locked in for. To help clear up those questions, we'll use Block Imaging's subscription plan as an example and dig into what you can expect concerning the details of your DR panel subscription period.

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Topics: X-ray

How to Resolve an OEC C-Arm Precharge Voltage Error

Posted by Alyssa Culp

Feb 21, 2018 2:38:54 PM

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So, you power on your OEC 9800 or 9900 C-arm and step away for a moment to let it run its boot-up process. When you return, though, boot-up has frozen and the display on your doghouse (the control housing on top of your central column) reads "Precharge Voltage Error". What happened? And what can you do to resolve the error and get your C-arm booted up for the day's exams?

Don't worry! There's a simple explanation for your problem as well as a simple, do-it-yourself solution that clears most Precharge Voltage Errors.

Need immediate C-arm assistance? Click here to request service.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

GE CT DARC and DARC 2: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Garth Immelman

Feb 19, 2018 11:05:38 AM

Your GE CT's data and reconstruction computer (DARC) is a crucial component of its reconstruction chain. The DARC gathers the high speed data stream from the detector's data acquisition system (DAS) cards through a DAS interface processor (DIP) and stores and transfers it for reconstruction in the image generator (IG) computers that reconstruct images from the data.Your DARC also handles the voice/audio controls to the gantry via an external box on the left side of console, and the scan control interface module (SCIM) – the control pad the the operator uses to initiate scanning. All that to say: no DARC = no pictures.

Below, we'll share with you the vital statistics of owning a DARC so that you can know what to expect from this component and be better prepared to minimize downtime in the event of a DARC failure.

Need a DARC or other GE CT part now? Click here to request and see pricing.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service, CT Scanner

    
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