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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.

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CT Tube Lifespan and Cost: MRC 600, MRC 800

Posted by Garth Immelman

Mar 27, 2020 12:45:00 PM

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When buyers choose a CT scanner, the cost of maintenance and service is often overshadowed by the importance of choosing the right features, options, and capabilities. However, the expense of replacing an X-ray tube every few years can affect a scanner's ROI almost as much as the "bells and whistles". 

CT scanners equipped with the MRC 600 or the MRC 800 can help users control this cost with less frequent and less expensive tube replacement pricing.

Let’s take a look at the typical life expectancy and replacement cost of both the MRC 600 and MRC 800 CT tubes below.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

MRI Cold Heads 101

Posted by Block Imaging

Mar 23, 2020 3:00:00 PM

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MRI Coldhead Basics

If you're new to the world of MRI, there's a learning curve that can take a good chunk of time to master. Safety, maintenance, cryogens, parts- each of these areas has its own set of particulars and minding each of them will help you run your system and serve your patients more efficiently.

We first published this article in 2015 to help new MRI users become better acquainted with a part that's crucial to monitor for better scanner performance and lower maintenance costs: the cold head. Years later, this is advice is as valuable as ever. Keep reading to learn what a cold head does, how long it lasts, how much it costs, and some service tips to keep it in good condition.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

Why You Need a UPS for Your Imaging Equipment

Posted by Alyssa Birchmeier

Mar 19, 2020 1:30:00 PM

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Have you ever typed up a project only to lose power in the middle of it and realize you didn't click "save"? Or been watching the newest episode of The Bachelor, right before he gives away the final rose, and your lights go out and you miss the shocking ending?

We have all had situations like these in our normal, everyday life, but how about at your imaging facility? The repercussions of this happening with your medical equipment can lead to much more severe consequences. The good news is, you can limit your risk of major damage just by adding a UPS. Keep reading to learn how a UPS works, and how it helps.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts

How To Tell If Your CT Tube Is About To Fail

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Mar 16, 2020 11:15:00 AM

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Signs of CT Tube Failure

At the heart of every CT scanner is its X-ray tube. More so than any other component, keeping careful tabs on the functioning of the CT tube can mitigate the cost of owning and operating a CT system. Unfortunately, some people only start thinking about the remaining lifespan of their X-ray tube after the system has been installed and in use for several years. This can mean that some damage has already been done.

On the bright side, there are early warning signs that CT users can watch out for to identify when CT tube help is needed. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, CT Scanner

How Is Block Imaging Responding to Coronavirus?

Posted by Block Imaging

Mar 13, 2020 3:11:14 PM

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While the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, we at Block Imaging would like to share with our valued partners what we're doing as a company to keep you, your teams, and your patients safe during this pandemic.

As a global provider of medical equipment and parts and a service and mobile rental provider across the United States, we understand that we have a role to play in keeping hospitals and clinics serving patients. At the same time, we also understand that the movement of our personnel and goods through our own facilities and into yours needs to be handled with extra care. The following are the measures we're taking to provide that care:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging News

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