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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.

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RoHS Compliance: What It Means for Used Equipment

Posted by Adam Desjardins

Feb 22, 2016 12:41:56 PM

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If you deal with medical imaging equipment and Europe, you’ve probably heard of RoHS, and if you haven’t yet, you should do your homework, because it could mean big changes in the way you do business. RoHS stands for “Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.” It’s the latest directive from the European Union that is meant to reduce the presence of certain substances found in all types of electronics in EU member countries. Lead, mercury, and several other materials fall under the RoHS (pronounced row-haas at the cocktail parties) directive. 

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Topics: Medical Imaging News, Medical Imaging Compliance

Medical Device Excise Tax Update 2016

Posted by Adam Desjardins

Dec 17, 2015 4:42:55 PM

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In what has become an annual trend, Congress has passed an annual funding bill at the last minute. The bill is massive in both scope and page count and extends close-to-current levels of funding for another year. While the idea of our representatives in Congress voting on thousand-page bills just hours after they are released is disconcerting, this version of the omnibus bill does provide some relief to the medical imaging equipment industry. Keep reading to learn what you can expect from the Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) in 2016.

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Topics: Medical Imaging News, Medical Imaging Compliance

How Much Does Bloodborne Pathogens Training Cost?

Posted by Gabe Viscomi

Aug 5, 2015 2:45:00 PM

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If you manage any kind of healthcare facility, you already know that OSHA requires you to train your team in bloodborne pathogen (BBP) exposure prevention and accidental exposure response. What you're probably wondering now is how much you should be paying for that training.

The good news is that there are BBP training options that can fit literally any budget. The not-so-good news is that some of them take more work than others. Below, we take a look at what content is included in several options as well as the time and effort involved to administer them for compliance.

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Topics: Medical Imaging Compliance, Medical Imaging Service Training, Video

XR 29: NEMA White Paper Clarifies Aftermarket Add-ons, RDSR, and More

Posted by David Harns

May 22, 2015 12:49:00 PM

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The discussion surrounding NEMA Standard XR-29 is about a year old at this point. We've tackled the subject in this blog on several occassions, talking about what it means, what is included in the lawwhat is not, and even tips to check for compliance on your own but, there are still many questions remaining. Fortunately, some new information has been released that might help answer some of them.

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Topics: Medical Imaging Compliance

NEMA Standard XR-29 for CT: A Guide to Checking Your System

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

May 13, 2015 4:36:07 PM

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The Block Imaging team recently had the opportunity to confer with Keith Mildenberger of Neusoft Medical Systems about all things XR-29. One of the topics he was kind enough to share about was ways that facilities can check their CT scanners for the features required to be NEMA XR-29 compliant.

We'll be sharing these insights below to help you better understand which CT units will avoid reimbursement cuts and which ones won't. AND, in case you're wondering who Keith is and why we think of him as such an authority on NEMA XR-29, you should know that he had a hand in writing the standard. So, straight from the proverbial horse's mouth: How to check your CT scanner for NEMA XR-29 compliance, in 5 steps.

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Topics: Medical Imaging Compliance, CT Scanner

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