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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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How to Change the X-Ray Dose Units on Your OEC 9800 C-Arm

Posted by Mackenzie Dryer

Sep 9, 2019 4:05:00 PM

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Whether your facility is in the US and measures radiation absorbed dose in milligrays, or is in Europe or Asia and measures in rads, there's a setting on the OEC 9800 to express that measurement in the preferred unit. Change this setting to keep communication clear and to save yourself the trouble of doing the conversion in your head every time you have a case.

To make things easier for yourself, you can change the dose units on your OEC 9800 between rad and mGy in the three easy steps pictured below. And if you don't already know how to convert between these two units, stick around until the end. We'll share that with you too.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

3 Ways to Save on Your Next Imaging Equipment Service Call

Posted by Tyler Schrauben

Aug 29, 2019 4:25:00 PM

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Nobody likes to place calls for medical imaging equipment service. We’d all be much happier if every CT, C-arm, or digital mammo we ever bought worked correctly, 100% of the time, for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, we live in a world of wear and tear, acts of God, and outright boneheaded moments that create the need for maintenance and repairs. 

When these things happen, if you haven’t purchased a service contract to cover your equipment, you’ll be calling in service engineers on a time and materials basis. The price on this type of service can vary widely depending on hourly rates and parts needs. There can also be additional down time costs, depending on the engineer’s availability. 

While we do offer time and materials service and do our best to keep the costs to a minimum, we can’t honestly speak for other companies in the business. As a safeguard in these situations, here are some tips to help you make sure you’re getting the best value out of time and materials service calls.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts

Can I Measure My OEC C-Arm Tube Lifespan?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Aug 20, 2019 1:34:00 PM

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Many is the time our service, parts, or engineering departments have been asked, “How can I know how much life is left in my OEC C-arm tube?” Considering the cost of a C-arm tube, this is a perfectly reasonable inquiry to make. Unfortunately, to put the common answer succinctly, you can’t know.

With that answer, we’ve probably managed to raise a couple of other questions. We don’t want to leave you hanging, so we’ll qualify our answer and tell you what’s to be done in light of it.

Need a C-arm tube now? Click here to request!

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

MRI Helium Refills and Boil-off Rates: The Top Six Magnets

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 7, 2019 3:35:00 PM

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Anyone considering the purchase of an MRI machine should know that a healthy cooling system is essential to the maintenance and performance of their magnet. This means, among other things, keeping an eye on your helium level and getting refills at the proper time. Unfortunately, because there are so many different types of magnets in use today, and each of them experiences helium loss (AKA, boil-off) at a different rate, there is no one-size-fits-all prescription for when this needs to happen.

To help those of you comparing magnets and those of you looking to keep your existing magnet healthy, we've compiled helium boil-off rates for the top six magnets on the secondary market. These are the magnet types we see most often as a provider of used/refurbished MRI machines. Also included are a few pointers on refill rates and recommendations.

Need a helium refill for your MRI machine now? Click here to tell our team your MRI service needs.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

This Year's Top Imaging Service Articles

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Aug 7, 2019 10:15:00 AM

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So far, 2019 has been a productive year for the Block Imaging team in many ways. One of these is the production of content that imaging end users and engineers can turn to as a reference for better uptime, cost savings, or a deeper understanding of common service products.

To share some of the highlights of the last eight months, we've brought a baker's dozen of our top service articles together in one place for fast reference. No matter what modality you use, there's sure to be something helpful in this list.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment

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