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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

Mammography vs. Breast MRI for Breast Cancer Detection

Posted by Garth Immelman

Dec 20, 2017 10:07:00 AM

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Many of our readers have asked us the question: “What’s the difference between getting a breast MRI versus a regular mammogram using a mammography machine?” This is a great question, the answer to which highlights the separate strengths of these modalities.

Each machine has its advantages and disadvantages that result in one being more suitable for general screening (mammography) and the other more suitable for diagnosis and staging (MRI).

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Topics: MRI, Mammography

Siemens RFPA Failure? 4 Common Reasons Why and Solutions

Posted by Beka Fetters

Dec 14, 2017 5:00:00 PM

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In the world of MRI, radio frequency power amplifier (RFPA) failure is a relatively common problem. An example is the Siemens E6 Dora (part #4753062), found on their Harmony and Symphony models. We’ve spoken with Dora specialists and learned the four most likely causes of failure. Coincidentally, we’ve also learned what you should do when your E6 Dora fails and the best thing you can do to help prevent Dora failure. Sit back and let us give you the low down

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

Siemens Avanto Body Matrix Coils: Function, Failure, Replacement

Posted by Chad Seelye

Nov 13, 2017 8:48:00 AM

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If your MRI scanner is a Siemens Avanto TIM system, your Body Matrix coil is a staple for cardiac studies, pulmonary studies, and anterior orthopedic concerns from collarbones to false ribs. It's also a part that is frequently requested through our Parts Team. This is why we've compiled more info for all of you on the Avanto Body Matrix coil below.

If you need an Avanto Body Matrix coil now, you can skip to the bottom for the manufacturer part number and current average pricing. If you're a bit of an MRI nerd, like we are, stick around to learn more about how how this technology works.

Submit a request for your immediate parts needs here

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

1.5T MRI Gradient Slew Rates Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Nov 6, 2017 10:18:00 AM

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Thumping along at peak levels of 113 dB (just a couple ticks below a rock concert), MRI gradients are often unnerving and sometimes frightening. If you've ever wondered what it is inside an MRI scanner that makes the loud noise they are known for- gradients are the culprit.

Gradients are actually smaller magnets inside the main MRI magnet. Their job is to modify the magnetic field in the area being scanned so the system can “listen” for the resonance and create an image. It's difficult work to modify a magnetic field strong enough to lift a car (really), so the coils in these smaller magnets move and stress, literally vibrating. These vibrations are the source of the sound. 

In spite of being noisy, they drive MRI value on the secondary market and they come in many varieties. That being said, let's dig a bit deeper so you can:

  1. Be better informed when you are selling your used MRI on the secondary market
  2. Compare gradients across manufacturers when buying a 1.5T MRI

Already have an MRI model in mind? Click here to get a system quote!

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI

Hitachi Airis Elite vs. GE Ovation: Open MRI Scanners Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Oct 19, 2017 4:15:00 PM

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Technology marches on but, with their low maintenance costs, high reliability, and proven track records across a wide install base, the Hitachi Airis Elite and the GE Ovation continue to enjoy a strong worldwide market.

But, if that's a market you find yourself in right now, you might be wondering how best to make a decision between the two.

The comparison below brings some clarity to the open MRI selection process with a side-by-side feature comparison of the Hitachi Airis Elite and the GE Ovation open MRI scanners.

Click here to browse open MRI inventory.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

    

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