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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

GE MRI Machine Models and Reviews

Posted by Steve Rentz

Sep 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Looking for a 1.5T GE MRI machine? 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 1.5T GE MRI models, starting with the newest.

Have a model in mind already? Click here to browse our inventory of MRI machines. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

Power Requirements for Mobile Diagnostic Imaging Equipment

Posted by Zack Mitchell

Sep 18, 2018 9:20:00 AM

CT Trailer Power

Some of the most common questions we get from people looking for mobile equipment rentals are, "What kind of power does the system need?" and, "Where are the ethernet connections for internet and phone?" If you're about to embark on the search for your next mobile imaging solution and one (or both) of these questions crossed your mind, we've put together the short video below to get you the answer. Not every trailer is designed exactly the same, and the trailer in the video contains a CT scanner, but most trailers have a similar design to what you'll see here, regardless of manufacturer or which equipment modality is inside.

Click on the video below to see what kind of power connection a mobile trailer needs and where the ethernet connections on a mobile trailer are typically located. 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Cath/Angio, PET/CT, Imaging Equipment Rental, CT Scanner

Siemens MRI, GE CT: Top Picks for Mobile Imaging

Posted by Zack Mitchell

Sep 11, 2018 1:41:01 PM

mobile picks header

When the time comes to outfit a new unit in our mobile imaging fleet we have brand preferences for MRI and CT. It's not because equipment from other brands can't be installed in a trailer, and it's not because equipment from our preferred brands is unilaterally "better" than others. There are, however, a handful of qualities that give them an advantage in mobile settings. 

Below, we'll break down the reasons we prefer Siemens equipment for MRI trailers and GE equipment for CT trailers and why they mean a better experience for the imaging facilities that rent them. 

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Topics: CT Scanner, MRI, Imaging Equipment Rental

Three Reasons to Consider Siemens' TIM Trio 3T

Posted by Steve Rentz

Sep 6, 2018 4:49:00 PM

TIM Trio 3T Three Reasons

Sure, the technicians and doctors at every imaging facility would love to have their top pick among the "latest and greatest" for MRI equipment- and when it comes to 3T MRI, the Siemens Verio and Siemens Skyra are two systems that come to mind. The reality though, is that most places don't have the budgetary freedom to simply order their dream system. Fortunately, the secondary market can offer these facilities a more affordable alternative that will give them comparable performance.


Check out the short clip below to see three reasons why the Siemens TIM Trio 3T might be a good way for your facility to balance cost and technology.

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Topics: MRI, Buying Imaging Equipment

Low Field Open MRI vs Closed MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 9, 2018 9:27:00 AM

open MRI vs closed MRI

Under-powered, under-utilized, 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 remained strong in developing countries since this article was last updated in early 2016. So what exactly is it that makes some facilities prize low-field open MRI over closed MRI? We've found a few reasons we'll share here.

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

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