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: Tube Power Comparison

Posted by Gary Dodge

Jul 22, 2016 3:55:51 PM

The OEC 9800 features a rotating anode tube. By rotating the anode, this tube type disperses the heat created by generating X-ray evenly around the circumference of the entire anode, allowing the C-arm to take longer exposures at higher doses. If you intend to work with a high volume of patients or to specialize in applications like vascular or bariatrics where the power demands will be higher, a rotating anode is a must.

The OEC 8800 has a stationary anode. All of the heat coming from the cathode lands on the same portion of the anode surface. If used too hard, this can lead to a decline in tube efficiency and eventual failure much sooner than a user might experience with a rotating anode tube. That siad, this tube style works just fine for shorter, low-dose studies. It is also less expensive and smaller, allowing the 8800 to have a smaller footprint overall. If your specialty is more along the lines of sports medicine or pain management, a stationary anode will be sufficient for your needs.

Watch the clip below to see an image comparison test of the OEC 9800 rotating anode tube vs. the OEC 8800 stationary anode tube taking short exposures.

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Topics: C-Arm

C-Arm Site Planning: What Size Room Do I Need?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jul 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Because Block Imaging has installed so many refurbished C-arms, we have also been privy to the aches, pains, and woes of buying too much C-arm for the room you had planned on putting it in. To help prevent all of that, we have taken the liberty of compiling the ballpark dimensions of a typical full-sized C-arm machine and the tables that so frequently go with them.

Much of what you’ll read is based on the measurements of an OEC 9800 with a 9” image intensifier but, given the model’s ubiquity, the specifications should be a great place to start in figuring the space needed for a number of models.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

OEC 9800 Super-C C-arm: What's So Super?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 24, 2016 1:27:02 PM

The OEC 9800 Super-C is a common and popular option on the refurbished C-arm market, but when first-time C-arm buyers come across it in our inventory, they often ask, "What exactly is so 'super' about this thing?"

Well, in most cases, “super” means a little something more, something extra above and beyond the average; “Super-sizing” gets you more fries, the “Super Soaker” shoots a few feet further than your everyday water pistol.

In the case of OEC C-arms, “Super-C” means a little more C. We'll tell you exactly what the differences are and what they mean for users.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

6 Common Misconceptions About C-Arm Service Agreements

Posted by Gabe Viscomi

Jun 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Before I talk about the intricacies of C-arm service agreements, I have a question for you. Would you rather:

A) Have a cavity filled, or B) Sit down and read a service agreement in its entirety- including the fine print?

Given some of my past experiences with formal agreements and contracts, I might actually be inclined to get the cavity filled. There always seems to be something in all that paperwork that one doesn’t quite catch or understand fully- and it comes back to bite you in the end. This is precisely why I am writing this blog.

Your current service agreement may not cover everything that you think it does. Generally speaking, C-arm service agreements cover the cost of replacement parts, labor, and travel. They reduce risk and can end up saving you a significant amount of money. There are, however, some limitations to what is covered. Let's uncover some of them now.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

Stationary Anode vs. Rotating Anode: Two C-Arm Tube Types Compared

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jun 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Inside every C-arm X-ray tube (and any other X-ray tube for that matter) there is a cathode and an anode. The cathode receives incoming electrical current from the machine's generator and emits a beam of electrons onto the anode, where we'll focus our attention today.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray

Can I Secure a Refurbished C-Arm on a Trial Basis?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 1, 2016 9:55:04 AM

We talk to people every day looking for their next C-arm system. Frequently, we're asked if we offer a trial period for refurbished C-arms; a "try it before you buy it" demo so a facility can see the technical capabilities of a system in practice and/or see in person the quality of a refurbishment process.

Most of the time, when you're working with a refurbished equipment provider, the answer to this question is no. Below, we're going to share with you why this is the case as well as an alternative that can create a win/win solution for both your facility and the refurbished C-arm provider you're working with.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

OEC 9800 vs. Siemens Arcadis Varic

Posted by Tim Richard

May 19, 2016 3:30:00 PM

While many C-arms are versatile across a variety of applications, shopping for the best system is still not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Depending on what your budget and specialty are, the refurbished market has a number of systems to offer.

Among the refurbished makes and models you'll find are the Siemens Arcadis Varic and the OEC 9800. While the models certainly have some overlap in functionality, there are areas where each shines in contrast to the other.

To help you know the pros and cons as you shop for your next C-arm, view the clip below to see how the 9800 and the Arcadis Varic stack up in terms of:

• Generator power

• Rotating vs. stationary X-ray tubes

• System size

• Cost

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Sony UP991AD vs. Sony UP990AD: C-Arm/Ultrasound Printer Comparison

Posted by Kylie Dishaw

May 12, 2016 2:06:34 PM

When it comes to C-arm/ultrasound printers, Sony has a history of consistent incremental improvement with each model they release. A prime example of this is replacing the Sony UP990AD with the Sony UP991AD.

On one hand, we love this. Seeing the introduction of better and better tools for physicians means great things for patient care. On the other hand, when two models are so similar, it can be tough to tell exactly what sets them apart from one another and whether the difference warrants spending more on one than the other.

To help those of you looking for a great C-arm or ultrasound printer, we've broken down the differences between the UP991AD and the UP990AD so that you can find the best fit for your printing needs.

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Topics: C-Arm

Siemens Cios Fusion vs. OEC 9900

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 29, 2016 9:11:02 AM

For several years now, the OEC 9900 has enjoyed a "top shelf" status among C-arms, and for good reason. The 9900's design took all of the best elements of its predecessor (the similarly popular 9800), improved upon them, and added to them.

Now, however, Siemens has received FDA approval to begin distributing a new model that could bring some stiff competition to the 9900. That model, the Cios Fusion, is one of three new C-arms freshly approved from Siemens. 

We took a closer look at the literature, made a few phone calls, and compiled a side-by-side comparison of the OEC 9900 and the Siemens Cios Fusion. Keep reading to see how they stack up.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

How to Use Registration and Landmarking on Your OEC 9800

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Apr 22, 2016 3:04:58 PM

One of the reasons the OEC 9800 is a popular C-arm choice for cardiac, vascular, and neurovascular applications is its full complement of subtraction features. Among these, are registration and landmark controls that allow users to manipulate the relationship between a live fluoroscopy image and a reference "mask" image.

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Topics: C-Arm


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