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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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Cath Lab Equipment Planning... Takes Longer Than You Think

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Aug 17, 2018 10:55:00 AM

Cath Lab Site Planning Timeline

“It doesn’t take that long to install cath lab equipment, right?” My answer to this question would be that it probably takes longer than you think. Of all the modalities that Block Imaging works with, interventional lab installations are the most involved.

Between research, planning, construction, hardware, mechanics, and software/networking- the entire process of bringing a cath lab into a facility averages between six and twelve months, start to finish!

As you begin your interventional lab planning process, here are some very important things to consider.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Project Management

GE Cath Lab Room Dimensions

Posted by Danny Fisher

Aug 10, 2018 10:24:00 AM

GE Cath Lab Dimensions

Proper room dimensions for a GE cath/angio lab is a topic of frequent discussion here in the Block Imaging project management department. We’ve been asked so many times, by so many people that several of us got the dimensions tattooed on our forearms for quick reference. Later, in a deep fit of tattoo regret, we decided it would have been a better idea to simply post them on our blog- hence, the post you are reading right now.

If you are considering the purchase of a GE cath lab, you’ll want to check the size of the room you plan to have it installed in against the OEM recommendations in the table below. These recommendations are guidelines, not firm rules, but they can help you begin to plan for your incoming lab.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Project Management, Cath/Angio

Low Field Open MRI vs Closed MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 9, 2018 9:27:00 AM

open MRI vs closed MRI

Under-powered, under-utilized, and sometimes misunderstood, open MRI systems are often under-appreciated here in the USA and ignored in other “developed” countries. 

Many radiologists don’t want to read from open MRIs, governments and insurers don’t want to pay for them, and the appetite for higher and higher powered magnets has, in many cases, relegated the open MRI to a “back-up” role in larger imaging facilities. Whether or not that relegation is deserved, it’s a fact that the demand for low-field open MRI (.2T - .35T) has remained strong in developing countries since this article was last updated in early 2016. So what exactly is it that makes some facilities prize low-field open MRI over closed MRI? We've found a few reasons we'll share here.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Does My C-Arm Require Lead Shielding?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 1, 2018 10:39:00 AM

C-Arm Shielding

People frequently ask us what, if any, requirements have been set for X-ray shielding in rooms where C-arms are in use. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to the question.

Regulations for shielding during C-arm use vary across a number of factors, including site location, location of the C-arm within the site, and the type of usage the C-arm will see. Some states don't require any shielding at all, but have other requirements that must be met. Take Texas, for instance: a C-arm doesn't need to be shielded, but its dose must be monitored for a year after installation. Other states, like Ohio, require a physicist to visit your site and advise specific shielding measures for your individual building.

Because there are no across-the-board regulations for C-arm shielding, we put together a few "rule of thumb" recommendations for new C-arm owners in the short video below.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Power Requirements for Hologic Selenia Digital Mammography

Posted by Jason Block

Jul 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Hologic Selenia Power Requirements

If your facility is preparing for its first Hologic Selenia digital mammography system, congratulations! Now, to begin screening patients as soon as possible, you'll need to make sure the room that will house your system meets the particular power requirements of the Selenia.


You can use the short video guide below to communicate with your electrical contractor about the power supply your room needs to run your Hologic Selenia mammography system. An electrical spec chart and a few recommendations for smooth installation are included.


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Topics: Mammography, Imaging Equipment Project Management

    
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