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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

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

Do Mobile Imaging Rentals Come with Service Coverage?

Posted by Mackenzie Dryer

Nov 29, 2018 10:35:00 AM

Mobile Imaging Service

When people contact us to discuss renting mobile MRI, CT, or PET/CT systems, one of the first questions they ask- after "How much does a mobile rental cost?"- is whether or not a rental includes service and, if so, what they can expect from that coverage. The answer to the front half of that question is generally yes. When you rent an imaging system, most rental providers (like Block Imaging) include service coverage throughout your rental term. 

What you can expect from your rental service coverage, however, looks a little different from provider to provider. To give you an idea of what types of service features might be included in a mobile imaging rental agreement, we'll break down what's provided when you rent from Block Imaging as an example. We'll also cover a few things you can expect from the experience.

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Topics: Mobile Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Service

The Imaging Equipment Service Risk Spectrum: Where Do You Fall?

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Nov 14, 2018 4:50:48 PM

Service Risk Appetite

Any facility that uses medical imaging equipment has to determine their own appetite for risk when it comes to system maintenance. Some prefer more expensive, comprehensive coverage that provides a plan for all contingencies. Others are willing to assume the majority of their equipment risk and manage their maintenance and its costs as they are needed. Still others choose a service arrangement somewhere in the middle, with coverage that balances cost with peace of mind. The question is, what concerns you more: paying for coverage benefits you may not have to use, or having to cover 100% of the cost of a major part and/or emergency repair?

Wherever you and the team at your facility may fall on this risk appetite spectrum, there are flexible service offerings available to you from independent service organizations (ISO). To help you gain a better understanding of the options you have on the ISO market, we'll share the service programs Block Imaging offers as an example below.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service

3 Key Elements of Effective X-Ray Preventive Maintenance

Posted by Tony Baggett

Nov 1, 2018 4:37:29 PM

X-Ray PMs

We emphasize preventive maintenance (PM) a lot here at Block Imaging. We type about it in emails. We talk about it on the phone. We blog about it online. This emphasis is because we firmly believe that regular preventive maintenance for X-ray machines, and all other kinds of medical imaging equipment, is essential to safety, image quality, and minimizing downtime. 

We would love to be the company you choose to provide preventive maintenance for your X-ray system, but even if we're not, we're going to share with you what an effective PM looks like, in three stages.

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Service

How To Tell If Your CT Tube Is About To Fail

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Oct 25, 2018 1:27:00 PM

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

    
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