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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

Siemens Espree and GE 450W Awarded '2019 Best in Class: 70cm MRI Bore'

Posted by Josh Block

Apr 9, 2019 3:45:00 PM

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Periodically, Block Imaging awards a distinctive company or product our 'Best in Class' designation. Today, we'd like to recognize our favorite wide-bore (70cm) MRI systems. While we normally narrow down to one specific product, there are two outstanding models that have differentiated themselves so well among wide-bore scanners that we couldn't pick! Our 2019 Best in Class wide-bore MRI winners are the Siemens Espree and the GE 450W. Here are a few reasons why they're both so deserving.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Smart Metal Artifact Reduction 101

Posted by Becky Wotring

Apr 9, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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The innovation of new technologies is always exciting, especially when it can greatly improve the treatment of patients worldwide. One area of healthcare technology that seems to be in a constant state of innovative evolution is diagnostic CT imaging. CT is the flagship modality at many imaging facilities and every new feature that's introduced, from software, to configuration, to accessories, stands to make a massive difference across a worldwide install base. One such feature making a difference on recently-released GE CT scanners is Smart MAR (metal artifact reduction). Today, we'll share with you a brief overview of how MAR works and what it means for patient care.

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Topics: CT Scanner

Decoding the MRC 200 Cath/Angio X-Ray Tube

Posted by Garth Immelman

Apr 8, 2019 4:15:00 PM

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If you're working with a Philips cath/angio lab like the Allura FD10 or FD20, you’re using an MRC 200 X-ray tube. And just like any X-ray tube, the MRC 200 will need to be replaced occasionally. When that time comes for you (and it's likely to come a few times over the course of your lab's life), you’ll find several product descriptions for the type of MRC 200 tubes in circulation. These descriptions include digits and initials that might not make any sense to you at first. Today, we're breaking these descriptions down so you can make your next major component purchase fully-informed.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Parts

Replacing ADM Modules for Philips CT

Posted by Chad Seelye

Apr 8, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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Before you begin working with the ADM modules on your Philips CT scanner, there are some things you should know. First and foremost among these things: if you want to maintain optimum image quality, you can’t use your ADM modules interchangeably. Keep reading to find out why and learn best practices for replacing ADM modules in your system.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

When Should I Replace My MRI Cold Head?

Posted by Beka Waldron

Apr 5, 2019 4:35:00 PM

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If you own or operate an MRI you're well aware of the dreaded "Q word". In case you're not, we'll say it just once, quietly. Okay? Here goes: quench.

Like nails on a chalkboard, right? But, on the bright side, now we can get to the nice part of the blog where I give you a strategy to help keep your magnet away from the Q word. One simple phrase, "cold head replacement."

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

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