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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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What Does RoHS Mean for Imaging Parts Compliance?

Posted by Jordan Clark

May 16, 2019 4:15:00 PM

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Maybe you've seen it on equipment tags, or in manuals, or on some of the components you've ordered, but even if you haven't seen it, RoHS (often pronounced "row-haas") is probably already a part of your life. Below, we'll share what RoHS is and how it changes the experience of buying medical imaging equipment parts.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, Medical Imaging Compliance

NEMA Standard XR-29 for CT- What Does It Mean for You?

Posted by Paul Crawford

May 15, 2019 11:37:00 AM

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Thanks for stopping by to learn about XR-29. Click here to determine if your CT is XR-29 compliant: Is My CT Scanner Compliant?

You might be surprised to hear that XR-29 is NOT about low dose. Click here to read more: Do I Need Iterative Reconstruction?

Are you asking yourself if you should buy an after-market add-on to make your CT compliant? Click here to find out why the answer is probably no: NEMA Whitepaper Clarifies Aftermarket Add-ons, RDSR, and More

Remember also that XR-29 only Affects Medicare Outpatients in Hospitals and Clinics and Does not Apply to PET/CT

Last, but not least, here is A Guide to Checking Your System for XR-29 Compliance.

Keep reading here for an analysis of the law itself.

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (HR 4302). Per the act, beginning in 2016, Medicare paid less for certain diagnostic CT scans performed on CT equipment that does not meet the XR-29 CT standard (MITA Smart Dose) .  

What does this mean for you? For some, not a lot. Many CT scanners already meet the requirements. For others, the legislation meant replacing their system altogether or facing the applicable reimbursement cuts. To help you get a better idea of how XR-29 might affect your next CT equipment decision, we've taken a closer look at the law and the penalties below.

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Topics: medical imaging news, Medical Imaging Compliance, CT Scanner

I Bought a C-Arm. What Do I Need to Do Next?

Posted by Micah Plimpton

Feb 22, 2019 3:40:00 PM

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Between the time you purchase your C-arm system and the time you can scan your first patient with it, there are a number of things that need to happen. Some of these responsibilities fall to your equipment provider, but others will fall to you and/or your team.

Below you'll find which responsibilities are yours, which are your installer's, and a few tips that will help you prepare for the arrival of your C-arm and begin serving patients with it sooner.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management, Medical Imaging Compliance

X-Ray in Use Light: Prepping for Your X-Ray System Installation

Posted by Brian Townsend

Apr 26, 2017 3:00:00 PM

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In many areas, government regulations require a warning light outside radiological exam rooms to indicate when X-rays are being produced. Most often, these lights are behind a lens with the words "X-RAY IN USE" printed right on it. It's a safety precaution that helps eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure to anyone who may pass through an active X-ray area.

As an X-ray equipment provider, we get plenty of questions about X-ray in use lights. Today, we're going to bring some clarity on the topic with answers to the questions we get most often.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Compliance

Medical Imaging Accreditation FAQ

Posted by Randy Bolenbaugh

Dec 8, 2016 11:30:00 AM

We at Block Imaging have been receiving a growing number of questions related to accreditation and what it means exactly. Listed below are some of the most common questions and concerns we’ve been hearing along with brief answers to help lend some clarity on the topic. For more definitive answers, we recommend contacting one of the organizations linked below.

 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Compliance

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