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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 CT Now: a Bird's Eye View

Posted by Paul Crawford

Mar 21, 2019 3:30:00 PM

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Over the past few years, Siemens has gained significant market share among CT scanner manufacturers. We believe the primary reason for this is the ways they’ve continued to improve on their innovations and overall product quality across every price point. Their current generation of CT scanners is no exception. But, while availability of these systems is rare in the secondary space, we do still have quite a few conversations with buyers about them. To help keep all you other buyers out there informed about the market, we've compiled a quick summary of what the latest models in Siemens' Somatom line have to offer.

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Topics: CT Scanner

MX240 CT Tube Lifespan and Cost

Posted by Jordan Clark

Mar 12, 2019 2:58:54 PM

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Researching your next CT or PET/CT? Scouting out parts for a system you're already using? In either case, knowing what to expect from the X-ray tube in your equipment is valuable information that will serve you multiple times over across the life of your system. For those of you looking into GE systems from the Lightspeed Pro, VCT, RT, and Xtra series, as well as parts of the Discovery series, the tube you'll need to learn about is the MX240; AKA Performix Pro VCT100, Hercules, or Reevo 240. Below, we'll share how long you can expect your MX240 tube to last, and what cost you can expect when the time comes to replace it. 

Systems Using the MX240:

LightSpeed Pro16 LightSpeed VCT XT
LightSpeed Pro32 LightSpeed Xtra
LightSpeed VCT Select Discovery PET/CT690
LightSpeed RT16 Discovery VCT
LightSpeed VCT Discovery RX VCT
LightSpeed VCT XTe Discovery NM/CT570c
                                        

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

MX200 CT Tube Lifespan and Cost

Posted by Jordan Clark

Feb 26, 2019 9:30:00 AM

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Whether you're researching your next CT or scouting out parts for one you already own, knowing what to expect from your scanner's tube is valuable information that is likely to serve you several times over across the life of your equipment. For those of you looking into GE systems from the HiSpeed, Brightspeed, Lightspeed, and Discovery series, the tube you'll need to learn about is the MX200; AKA Performix Ultra or DA200. Keep reading to find how long you can expect your MX200 tube to last, and how much you can expect to pay when the time comes to replace it.

Systems Using the MX200:

BrightSpeed Edge Discovery ST
BrightSpeed Elite Discovery STE
BrightSpeed Excel HiSpeed QX/i
Discovery LS LightSpeed16
Discovery NM/CT670 LightSpeed Plus
Discovery PET/CT600 LightSpeed Ultra
Discovery RX  
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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a GE Optima 660?

Posted by Paul Crawford

Feb 11, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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An upgrade, replacement, another scanner in an existing equipment stable- whatever your purpose in buying an Optima 660, doing so outright may not be in the cards for your facility at this point. If not, the secondary market can help you lower that up-front cost with a more manageable lease plan.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Financing, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, CT Scanner

GE CT DARC and DARC 2: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Jordan Clark

Jan 2, 2019 3:06:00 PM

Your GE CT's data and reconstruction computer (DARC) is a crucial component of its reconstruction chain. The DARC gathers the high speed data stream from the detector's data acquisition system (DAS) cards through a DAS interface processor (DIP) and stores and transfers it for reconstruction in the image generator (IG) computers that reconstruct images from the data. Your DARC also handles the voice/audio controls to the gantry via an external box on the left side of console, and the scan control interface module (SCIM) – the control pad the operator uses to initiate scanning. Long story short: no DARC = no pictures.

Below, we'll share with you the vital statistics of owning a DARC so that you can know what to expect from this component and be better prepared to minimize downtime in the event of a DARC failure.

Need a DARC or other GE CT part now? Click here to request and see pricing.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

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