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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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Reloaded X-ray Tubes vs. Reprocessed X-ray Tubes

Posted by Chad Seelye

Aug 29, 2018 2:10:00 PM

Reloaded vs reprocessed X-Ray Tubes

Have you ever had someone try selling you refurbished X-Ray or CT tubes? Do you know what the phrase “refurbished tube” means? Your guess is as good as mine, because the idea of “refurbishing” a tube doesn't make a whole lot of sense. A CT tube (or X-ray tube) that is not brand new can only fall into one of three categories: used, reprocessed, or reloaded. Depending on the work done (if any), each category has its own trade-off of cost for projected lifespan.

In the video below, we'll break down those three categories to help you understand the processes that are really applied to used X-ray and CT tubes and what they mean for tube longevity. A text version is included as well for your convenience.


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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray, Parts & Service

Top Four Part Failures for GE 1.5T MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 20, 2018 1:45:00 PM

GE 1.5T Common Parts Failures

GE 1.5T MRI scanners are among the most popular systems in the world. They're reliable, easy to service, and when maintained properly, produce high-quality images. Still, like any frequently-used machine, they are subject to wear and tear and eventual parts failure.

If you're new to GE 1.5T ownership or considering a purchase, the following are some of the most common parts failures reported to our service team. Keep them in mind to help you and your team stay ahead of equipment downtime.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

MRI Cold Heads 101

Posted by Kristin Smit

Jul 13, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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. Three 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, Parts & Service

OEC 9900 CCD Camera "Sticking"?

Posted by Matt Bushart

Jul 12, 2018 2:53:00 PM

OEC 9900 CCD Camera Header

Block Imaging's imaging equipment Service Team, confronts a broad variety of equipment issues every day. Recently, an account we handle experienced "sticking" or "binding" between the gears in their OEC 9900 CCD camera.

Fortunately, we were able to diagnose their problem and get them scanning again quickly. If you notice a similar problem emerging in your system, keep reading to learn what to expect from a CCD camera gear repair.

Need a CCD camera now? Click here to request one.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

MRI Coil Damage Prevention 101

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Jul 5, 2018 2:55:00 PM

Proper MRI Coil Handling

When it comes to MRI machines, our service team has dealt with just about any kind of hiccup, setback, or outright failure you can imagine. What you might not imagine is how many of these problems can be traced back to damage caused by mishandling of coils.

The short video below features recommendations for handling MRI coils safely to prevent damage, preserve image quality, and save you and your team the cost and hassle of downtime.

Need MRI coil repair or replacement? Click here to request! 

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

    
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