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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

Top Four MRI Scanner Service Problems and Solutions

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Oct 12, 2016 1:50:00 PM

Perhaps you know what it's like when your MRI scanner is experiencing downtime; Your manager is foaming at the mouth, a line of grumpy patients is waiting at the front desk to reschedule, and that little vein that runs up the middle of your forehead is bulging like a bratwurst on the barbecue.

What can you do? Is all really lost?

Not at all! Some of the most common MRI-related problems are relatively simple to fix. So, take a deep breath (c’mon, deeper than that!) and let us blow away the MRI service blues with a knowledge bomb.

Below you’ll find four MRI problems that have been reported to our Service Department time and again and ways to take care of them in as little time as possible.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Parts & Service

Extremity MRI Scanner Price Cost Guide [2016]

Posted by Steve Rentz

Sep 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If your facility is in the market for an extremity MRI scanner, one of the first questions that probably came to your mind was, "How much does an extremity MRI cost?" Considering the fact that these systems come in four different categories that can range widely in price this is an excellent question- one that we'll answer in the chart below.

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Topics: MRI, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

7 Reasons to Consider Owning a Mobile MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Sep 8, 2016 10:58:13 AM

It's become relatively common for imaging facilities to use mobile MRI trailers owned by equipment dealers, brokers, or service companies on a rental basis. There are a lot of reasons for renting, but there are at least as many (some of them even the same) reasons why a facility might want to take a page out of the dealer playbook and own a mobile MRI system of their own.

We talked with our resident MRI market expert, Steve Rentz, and learned seven big reasons why an imaging facility may want to consider buying a mobile MRI instead of simply renting. Take a look at the clip below to find out for yourself.

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Topics: MRI

Closed-Bore MRI vs. Open MRI vs. Wide-Bore MRI

Posted by Jeremy Block

Aug 18, 2016 3:00:00 PM

I have been in the MRI machine sales business for quite some time; discussing their attributes, comparing and contrasting them, and poring over spec sheets, but I had never interacted with one as a patient until recently. I took a serious spill off my bicycle and needed to be checked for head and neck injuries. The experience left me with a new appreciation for some of the options MRI manufacturers have developed. Specifically: closed, open, and wide MRI bores.

Watch below for a video breakdown of the pros and cons of these MRI styles.
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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI

MRI Machine Cost and Price Guide [2016 Update]

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM

See the video below for a breakdown of cost and price information for popular MRI machine models from leading manufacturers, including: 

  • GE

  • Siemens

  • Hitachi

  • Philips

  • Toshiba


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Equipment Price

GE MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 10, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Looking for a 1.5T GE MRI scanner? Great! Now… which model do you choose? What makes the most sense for your MRI project... and your MRI budget?

By now, you’ve probably realized that making sense of the different models offered by each manufacturer can be a daunting task, and GE is certainly no exception.  Let’s take a look under the hood and break down the most popular GE 1.5T MRI models, starting with the newest.


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Advantages of Phased Array MRI Coils

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jun 29, 2016 4:30:11 PM

Just as the technology of our modern times makes so many day-to-day tasks easier and more efficient, so do the advantages of phased array MRI coils. Remember when you had to get up to turn off the light? BAM: The Clapper! How much time did you spend rewinding VHS movies? BOOM: DVDs! Longing for a better MRI user experience?BANG: phased array coils!

To help you better understand what this technology does and how it helps, we're going to answer three common questions our team receives about phased array MRI coils and the advantages they bring to MRI scanning.

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Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts, Parts & Service

3T MRI vs 1.5T MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jun 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

1.5 + 1.5 = 3, right? So a 3T MRI is twice as good as a 1.5T MRI, right?  As far as the field strength is concerned, sure. In the world of sales and marketing, absolutely. But from an imaging standpoint, a throughput standpoint, and a cashflow standpoint, maybe not. 

Before you spend up to twice the money for a 3T, we suggest you take a look at what it can do for you, and what it can’t. Read more below, or watch the video version of this blog at the foot of the page.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Low Field Open MRI vs Closed MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jan 27, 2016 4:11:43 PM

Underpowered, underutilized, and sometimes misunderstood, open MRI systems are often under-appreciated here in the USA and ignored in other “developed” countries. 

Many radiologists don’t want to read from open MRIs, governments and insurers don’t want to pay for them, and the appetite for higher and higher powered magnets has, in many cases, relegated the open MRI to a “back-up” role in larger imaging facilities. Whether or not that relegation is deserved, it’s a fact that the demand for low-field open MRI (.2T - .35T) has never been greater in developing countries. So what exactly is the market for open MRI vs closed MRI?

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI, Imaging Equipment Project Management

Top Imaging Equipment Service Articles of 2015

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Jan 22, 2016 2:04:55 PM

The team at Block Imaging spent 2015 creating content about all kinds of imaging equipment. On top of that, we had a few things to say about keeping all those systems up and running. To share a few highlights with you, we've brought all the best articles created by our Service Team together in one place for easy reference. Whether you're looking for service options, replacement parts, or a more specific troubleshooting guide, there's sure to be something helpful in the list below.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, C-Arm, Parts & Service, CT Scanner


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