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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Mammography Service Cost Price Info

Posted by Stephen Loomis

May 10, 2016 3:44:57 PM

A reliable mammography system is an imaging facility's first, and best tool for breast cancer detection. This is precisely why it's important to have a plan for regular preventative maintenance and for repairs when unexpected equipment problems arise. With a plan in place, your facility can minimize equipment downtime, avoid lost reimbursements, and save money on the cost of replacement parts.

To help you build your expectations of what it might cost to cover your equipment maintenance through an independent service organization (ISO), we've pulled together current price averages for one year of our most inclusive Full Service Coverage plan as well as broken down a few of the key factors that will be a part of determining your individual price.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Parts & Service, Mammography

Turning Used Digital Mammos into Refurbished Digital Mammos

Posted by Jason Block

Apr 28, 2016 4:04:01 PM

Buying a refurbished digital mammography machine means access to late-model technology at a much more affordable price than buying brand new. And, when your refurbishment is performed by a reputable provider, the condition of the system in question is comparable to what it was when the system first left the factory.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Mammography

Digital Mammo Tube Price Cost Guide

Posted by Chad Seelye

Apr 5, 2016 12:58:29 PM

If your digital mammo machine's X-ray tube is on its way out or, perhaps, has already failed, you should know that contacting the original manufacturer for a replacement is just one of the sourcing options available to you. It is also, in the majority of scenarios, the most expensive one.

Below you'll find current average prices for X-ray tubes from the most popular digital mammography systems. Pricing for both new OEM and after-market tubes and used tubes from independent parts providers is included.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service, Mammography

GE Senographe Essential Digital Detectors: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Vikki Dipple

Mar 3, 2016 1:01:09 PM

The detector is, arguably, the most important component on a digital mammography system. Not only is this true in terms of functionality and image quality, but also in terms of replacement cost.

If you own a GE Senographe Essential digital mammo, or are considering purchasing one, it will be helpful for you to know more details about this very special component. Keep reading to see vital detector details like part number, replacement cost, and average lifespan as well as how to make sure you get the correct detector version when the time eventually comes for your replacement.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service, Mammography

3 Reasons You Can Buy a Refurbished Hologic Selenia with Confidence

Posted by Jason Block

Jan 6, 2016 5:03:09 PM

Buying a Hologic Selenia mammography system from a third party is a good way to reduce cost. On the other hand, buying a system from the OEM is a good way to access a strong parts inventory and service engineers who know the equipment. But is there a way to split the difference? The answer: Yes. Consider refurbished.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Mammography

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a Hologic Selenia?

Posted by Jason Block

Dec 10, 2015 3:01:57 PM

The Hologic Selenia product line is a leader in the digital mammography modality, and rightfully so. Selenias produce excellent images, "play well" with most PACS systems, parts and service are readily available, and they retain their resale value relatively well.

Those are all good reasons to consider purchasing a Selenia for the mammography needs at your imaging facility, but if the outright purchase price of a system is more than your equipment budget can handle, you may be tempted to throw up your hands and simply try to squeeze another year out of your old system. Before you do that though, we want you to know that there are other options.

Check out the table below to see lease pricing for refurbished Hologic Selenias with a variety of service coverage/warranty plans. Depending on your budget and the level of service coverage you're most comfortable with, one of the options below may be a good fit for your organization.

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Topics: Mammography

GE Mammography Equipment: Senographe 2000D vs Senographe DS vs Senographe Essential

Posted by Jason Block

Dec 7, 2015 3:45:43 PM

Over the last decade, the transition has been swift from analog to full field digital mammography. The following is a list and description of the three different options available in the GE digital mammography line-up. While each of the systems were designed with fast and comfortable positioning, accurate dose efficiency, image quality and digital connectivity in mind; there are a few differences to note.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Solutions, Mammography

Digital Mammography Inspection and Handling

Posted by Jason Block

Nov 4, 2015 12:27:17 PM

Some of the questions we get most often from buyers on the digital mammography market are questions about how a used mammography machine is validated and handled between its old home and its potential new home. These are excellent questions because not every equipment provider handles all of the steps involved in the same ways.

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Topics: Mammography

Mammography System Removal: How to Prepare, What to Expect

Posted by Jon Block

Oct 20, 2015 9:01:02 AM

So, you’ve decided it's time to retire your mammography system. You’ve found a buyer for the equipment and an imaging tech vendor to uninstall and remove it; now what? Perhaps there's anticipation, as you await the arrival of a new unit. Perhaps it's bittersweet as your facility closes or moves in a different direction in patient care. In either case, there is a series of steps that should be taken to save time, frustration, and money as the day approaches for this system to find a new home. The removal itself consists of several steps that you may also want to be aware of.

Some of the steps below refer to how mammo evaluation and removal are handled by Block Imaging. Specific procedures may differ from vendor to vendor but, in our eighteen years, we've found each of the points addressed here to be a best practice for an efficient inspection and a smooth removal.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management, Mammography

Hologic Selenia Detector Cost, Lifespan, and Replacement

Posted by Beka Fetters

Aug 27, 2015 3:53:00 PM

A dependable digital mammography unit is the cornerstone of any women's health department. Among the leaders in the digital mammo modality is the Hologic Selenia series.

While the Selenia's performance has earned it this place of favor, it's still subject to some of the same service and maintenance pratfalls of any digital X-ray equipment. One of the most serious among these is the eventuality of digital detector failure.

To help all you Selenia users out there prepare for this a little better, we've compiled information from the experiences of our parts and service teams and the facilities they serve to bring you typical cost, lifespan, and replacement information for your Hologic Selenia digital detector.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service, Mammography


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