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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3 Ways to Brighten the Image on Your OEC 9800

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Aug 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM

When you're working with your OEC 9800 day-in and day-out to serve a busy schedule of patients, you can use convenience, expeditiousness, and accommodation of your personal preferences anywhere you can find them.

Fortunately, the design of the 9800 allows for all of these in a variety of ways- notably, when you want to see your live fluoro or last image with greater brightness.

The following are three ways you can brighten an image on the 9800.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

C-Arm Shipment: What to Expect

Posted by Kylie Dishaw

Aug 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Having moved hundreds of pieces of medical imaging equipment all over the world, our project management (PM) team has strived through the years to overcome many obstacles. For C-arms, the job can frequently be perceived as simple... I mean, it’s only two pieces of machinery right? Well, unfortunately, as we've said around the office before “FedEx doesn't make a C-arm sized envelope”.

To help you manage your expectations for the transport of your future C-arm equipment, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about shipping when you purchase, lease, or rent a C-arm from Block Imaging.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Siemens Arcadis Avantic Features Overview [VIDEO]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 5, 2016 3:05:46 PM

Pain management, sports medicine, urology, and a variety of other specialties rely on C-arm imaging to accomplish patient diagnosis and treatment. But when you're in the market for equipment, sorting through all the options for your best fit can be a lot of work. Fortunately, if one of the systems that's caught your eye happens to be the Siemens Arcadis Avantic, we've got just the thing to help you out.

Watch the video below for a quick look at some of the key features that set Siemens' Arcadis Avantic apart from other leading C-arm systems.

• Image intensifier size

• Image storage capacity

• Generator power

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Topics: C-Arm

C-Arm Cost Price Guide [2016 Update]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

See the video below for a simple breakdown of cost and price information for popular c-arm models from leading manufacturers, including:

    • OEC C-Arms
    • Siemens C-Arms
    • Philips C-Arms
    • Ziehm C-Arms
    • Fluoroscan C-Arms




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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

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

    

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