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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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OEC 9800 vs. OEC 8800

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 23, 2018 3:21:10 PM

OEC 9800 vs OEC 8800

If you were to line an OEC Flexview 8800 C-arm up alongside an OEC 9800, you would probably get the impression that the 8800 was the 9800's "little brother". In some ways, you would be correct. The 8800 is not quite the multi-specialty, workhorse system the 9800 is known for being, but there are plenty of scenarios where it will get the job done, or even be a better fit altogether.

Watch the video clip below for further details on the technical similarities and differences between the OEC 9800 and OEC 8800 C-arm systems.


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Topics: C-Arm, Buying Imaging Equipment

CT Scanner Table Weight Capacities Compared

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 21, 2018 9:26:00 AM

CT Table Weight Limits

What is the maximum weight capacity for my CT table? We get this question, or some form of it, nearly every day from doctors, technologists, and administrators alike. The short answer is, “It depends on the model.”

We'll admit that even the lowest-capacity CT table will probably be enough for 99 out of 100 patients, but for certain specialties, and for that 1%, it's important to make sure that you look into models that can perform the intended scans on every scheduled patient that walks through your door. Forgetting about a tiny, yet crucial, detail (like whether or not your patient can actually be scanned with your CT) can cost your center time and money that don't need to be lost.

To help you avoid all that, we've listed many of today’s most popular CTs and their respective table load capacities below. If you don’t see your model in the list, please contact us and let us help get you the answer.

Got your CT table weight? Great! Click here to take the next step and get a quote on your CT scanner model of choice.

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

Cath Lab Equipment Planning... Takes Longer Than You Think

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Aug 17, 2018 10:55:00 AM

Cath Lab Site Planning Timeline

“It doesn’t take that long to install cath lab equipment, right?” My answer to this question would be that it probably takes longer than you think. Of all the modalities that Block Imaging works with, interventional lab installations are the most involved.

Between research, planning, construction, hardware, mechanics, and software/networking- the entire process of bringing a cath lab into a facility averages between six and twelve months, start to finish!

As you begin your interventional lab planning process, here are some very important things to consider.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Project Management

When to Rent a C-Arm vs. Buy a C-Arm

Posted by Gary Dodge

Aug 15, 2018 2:30:06 PM

When to rent a C-arm and when to buy

While it's always important to have the right tools for serving patients, sometimes budgeting for those tools can get complicated. This is especially true of imaging equipment like C-arms, where the up-front cost of an outright purchase can be daunting. Fortunately, there are other options available to the facility that needs to get work done now, but might not have surplus cash until later.

Watch the video below to learn a few scenarios where you'll be better off buying a C-arm, as well as a few where you may want to put that purchase on the back burner and rent, at least for a while...

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Topics: C-Arm, Buying Imaging Equipment

How to Fix Your Sagging Mini C-Arm

Posted by Simeon Lowe

Aug 13, 2018 2:42:00 PM

Tighten Mini C-Arm

Are you having trouble keeping your OEC 6800 or 6600 mini C-arm in position? Does the articulating arm gradually sag lower and lower throughout your scans? If so, there's no need to worry. This is actually a very common problem, you'd be far from the first mini C-arm user to ask us about it, and it happens to be a very easy problem to solve as well.

Follow the 5 simple steps in the video below (or scroll to the text version if preferred) to return your OEC mini C-arm to the firm, stable positioning it had when you first acquired it.


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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

    
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