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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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Insight FD Vs. OEC Elite MiniView

Posted by Gary Dodge

May 8, 2019 11:49:58 AM

Fluroscan-FD-vs-Elite-Miniview

If you're looking into the purchase of a high-end mini C-arm, two of the options you'll come across in your search are the Fluoroscan Insight FD from Hologic and the OEC Elite MiniView from GE. Both of these systems are on the leading edge technology-wise and both come from heavy-hitter manufacturers that can offer quality service. So how is one supposed to pick between them?  Below we'll discuss some of the advantages each of these mini C-arms offers to help you narrow down the field of options.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Wide-Bore MRI Comparison: Siemens Espree vs. Siemens Aera

Posted by Steve Rentz

May 6, 2019 3:45:00 PM

Espree-vs-Aera

The popularity of Siemens wide-bore magnets has been unparalleled in the marketplace since 2005. The Siemens Espree became the preeminent option when 70 cm and closed-bore magnets were discussed in the same conversation. Now, the Espree's "younger sibling", the Aera has become a hot topic among MRI buyers. But how do they stack up? Is this incremental improvement, or a sea change for wide-bore systems? To shed some light on that, below we'll compare the Siemens Espree and the Siemens Aera.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

DEXA Bone Densitometer Price Guide

Posted by Jason Block

May 3, 2019 2:30:00 PM

DEXA-Price-Guide

Shopping for a bone densitometer? We thought you might be, what with you clicking your way into this blog and all. We also know that finding the information you need to build your budget can be far easier said than done. That's why we've compiled current pricing ranges for refurbished DEXA bone units made by the two major players in the field: GE and Hologic.

Watch the video below to get price ranges for:

  • GE and Hologic DEXA systems
  • Systems with visceral fat features
  • DEXA leasing options

Ready for a more detailed quote? Click here to request DEXA system pricing.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Bone Densitometer, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

GE Cath Lab Room Dimensions

Posted by Danny Fisher

Apr 29, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Cath-Lab-Room-Dimensions

Proper room dimensions for a GE cath/angio lab continue to be a topic of frequent discussion here in the Block Imaging project management department. We’ve been asked so many times, by so many people, that several of us got the dimensions tattooed on our forearms for quick reference. Later, in a deep fit of tattoo regret, we decided it would have been a better idea to simply post them on our blog- hence, the post you are reading right now. This article has been updated from a previous version to include the most recent room dimension recommendations for GE's cath lab product line, from the bread-and-butter Innova series to the newer IGS models. The only down side? We had to update our tattoos as well (ouch!)

If you are considering the purchase of a GE cath lab, you’ll want to check the size of the room you plan to have it installed in against the OEM recommendations in the table below. These recommendations are guidelines, not firm rules, but they can help you begin to plan for your incoming lab.

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

Siemens 3T MRI Scanners Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Apr 25, 2019 4:50:08 PM

siemens-3t-mri-comparison

For the last fifteen years, Siemens has been a leader in producing high-quality 3T MRI systems. In that time, they've brought seven 3T models to market: the Vida, Lumina, Skyra, Prisma, Verio, Spectra, and Trio.

Seven models in fifteen years is an impressive list but, as a buyer sifting through options on the pre-owned market, it can be a bit confusing too. To help bring some clarity to your search, we'll compare these Siemens 3T MRI systems below and shed a little light on where each of them stands out.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

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