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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

Image Intensifier Lifespan and Signs of Failure

Posted by Jordan Graham

Jan 31, 2019 2:30:00 PM

If you use fluoroscopy equipment like a C-arm, an R/F room, or an analog cath/angio lab you've got an image intensifier (II) that will one day need to be replaced. Most IIs have years of useful life in them, but it is not at all uncommon for a fluoroscopy system to go through at least a few IIs over the course of its life.

Because of the eventual failure of image intensifiers, we polled our service engineering team to find a few ways users can prolong the life of their II as well as some ways they'll be able to tell that an II failure is on the way. Keep reading to learn how you can help keep your II around longer as well as how you can know when to plan for a replacement.

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Topics: Cath/Angio, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

4 Tips for Enduring the Helium Shortage in Medical Imaging

Posted by Simeon Lowe

Jan 24, 2019 5:03:33 PM

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We blogged recently about the latest shortage in helium for medical imaging. Now, for those of you affected, we want to share some strategies we've seen pay off for MRI users during previous times of scarcity. Use the three tips below to minimize the impact of the helium shortage on your imaging facility.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Service

The Current State of Helium/Cryogen Supply in Medical Imaging

Posted by Simeon Lowe

Jan 15, 2019 3:07:00 PM

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Not long ago, MRI users saw a shortage in the liquid helium supply that lasted several years. This was followed, until recently, by a period of recovery as government stockpiles were opened and a portion of that stored helium was released onto the market. Now, however, there is a sort of "shortage 2.0" in effect. To help all you MRI users better understand the scenario this time around, we'll share some details about the current shortage and what you can expect from it.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Service, medical imaging news

What's Next for Fischer - Siemens Mammotest Users?

Posted by Jason Block

Jan 10, 2019 5:00:00 PM

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Due to an announcement from Carestream in late 2018 of their discontinuance of service for the Fischer/Siemens MammoTest stereotactic table, we've been fielding requests from an increasing amount of Mammotest users and renters concerned about ongoing service and support. If your facility is among those likely to be affected, there are several thoughts that may be going through your head: "Can we find another service provider? Do we need to consider another used/refurbished table option (i.e. Hologic Multicare)? Can we justify the purchase of a new Hologic Affirm 3D Prone Biopsy Table for 300k+?"

We want to let you know that there are several ways Block Imaging can help alleviate the issue. Keep reading to see several capabilities you can take advantage of to continue offering breast biopsy procedures in your area.

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Topics: Mammography, Imaging Equipment Service

End of Life Medical Imaging Equipment... What Does It Really Mean?

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Dec 11, 2018 3:22:00 PM

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“End of Life.” Sounds morbid, doesn’t it? But before you flood your mind with images of long black cars and gothic letters chiseled in granite, let me reassure you that we’ll only be discussing the phrase as it pertains to your medical imaging equipment.

“End of Life” (EOL) means that a product has reached the limits of its primary market viability and as a result, support is discontinued or limited. If you have a system that is EOL the OEM may find it difficult to help you in servicing/supporting the unit.   

We’ve seen the major OEMs assign EOL designation a number of times to reliable, workhorse systems that could keep scanning if parts and engineers were available to nurse them through their occasional hiccups. But, in light of the never-ending stream of new and improved technology, these products are left behind and OEM services are refocused on new and late-model equipment. 

This can be a serious sticking point for facilities struggling to make their way to that next imaging equipment upgrade. Fortunately, through years of working through EOL designations, we’ve learned some things things concerning EOL imaging equipment that can help facilities in this situation.

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

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