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

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jul 9, 2019 2:45:00 PM

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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.

In the next few paragraphs, we’ll tell you the difference between rotating and fixed anodes and which kind of anode might be best for your facility.

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

How to Pack and Ship a Digital Detector

Posted by Ben Rolff

Jul 2, 2019 3:56:14 PM

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Shipping items with high value, like digital imaging detectors, can be a nerve-racking task. With FedEx, UPS, DHL, and other delivery services like them moving millions of packages each day, it's all but guaranteed that some items will get tossed, bumped, or dropped in transit. Fortunately, there are materials and precautions that can help.

The following are the steps and materials Block Imaging uses to ensure safe delivery of the digital detectors we provide to users, engineers, and installers around the world. If you have a detector need, you can be sure the steps below will be followed to protect your purchase. If you intend to ship a detector for any reason, taking similar steps will dramatically reduce your risk too.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Hologic Selenia Tube Lifespan and Replacement Cost

Posted by Jordan Clark

Jun 28, 2019 11:16:32 AM

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Eventually, every X-ray tube gives up the ghost, even the tube on your trusty mammography system. If you are you looking to replace the tube on your Hologic Selenia or Selenia Dimensions, you might be wondering what you can expect to pay and how long it will be before you have to do it again. Great questions! Here we'll share with you the typical life expectancy and replacement cost for Hologic Selenia tubes.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Mammography

How to Improve Your Mini C-Arm Image Quality in Seven Easy Steps

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jun 26, 2019 4:22:00 PM

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There’s a simple, but annoying truth that every Hologic Fluoroscan Mini-C owner knows all too well: the world is full of dust, and at some point, it will get into your C-arm’s CCD camera. The scenario is one we at Block Imaging hear often: Things were going swell. The C-arm was taking images problem-free, but suddenly, the crisp, clear anatomical images you once enjoyed are being orbited by an annoying galaxy of particles and fibers. But: if dust got in, there has to be a way to get it out, right? (Dramatic pause for suspense) Of course! Keep reading to find the quick and simple method for cleaning your camera and restoring your image quality.

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

How to Get the Most Out of Your OEC C-Arm Battery Set

Posted by Andy Jarvis

Jun 25, 2019 2:27:50 PM

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One of the most commonly replaced parts on an OEC C-arm unit is the main battery set in the "C" portion of the system. Frequency of use, applications, and proper maintenance of the system all factor into how long an individual battery set will last, but the typical lifespan our customers and engineers have observed is between two and three years.

To help your facility maximize the lifespan of your OEC battery set, here are some notes and tips on charging and use for battery packs in the OEC 8800, 9600, 9800, and 9900.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

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