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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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Open MRI Service Cost Price Info

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Apr 10, 2019 10:37:41 AM

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When you begin budgeting for a major equipment project, don't make the classic mistake of forgetting about ongoing service. A good plan for equipment upkeep is every bit as important to ROI as any bell and/or whistle feature you might be considering. As the title of this article suggests, we'll be focusing on service budgets for open MRI specifically but, before we get into the numbers, we'll walk you through the factors that service providers look at when they determine pricing. Being aware of these will help you manage your expectations and streamline the service shopping process.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

Siemens Espree and GE 450W Awarded '2019 Best in Class: 70cm MRI Bore'

Posted by Josh Block

Apr 9, 2019 3:45:00 PM

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Periodically, Block Imaging awards a distinctive company or product our 'Best in Class' designation. Today, we'd like to recognize our favorite wide-bore (70cm) MRI systems. While we normally narrow down to one specific product, there are two outstanding models that have differentiated themselves so well among wide-bore scanners that we couldn't pick! Our 2019 Best in Class wide-bore MRI winners are the Siemens Espree and the GE 450W. Here are a few reasons why they're both so deserving.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

When Should I Replace My MRI Cold Head?

Posted by Beka Waldron

Apr 5, 2019 4:35:00 PM

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If you own or operate an MRI you're well aware of the dreaded "Q word". In case you're not, we'll say it just once, quietly. Okay? Here goes: quench.

Like nails on a chalkboard, right? But, on the bright side, now we can get to the nice part of the blog where I give you a strategy to help keep your magnet away from the Q word. One simple phrase, "cold head replacement."

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI, Imaging Equipment Parts

When Should I Schedule a Helium Fill for My MRI Machine?

Posted by Alyssa Culp

Apr 1, 2019 4:51:14 PM

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If you operate an MRI scanner, you probably already know how important it is to monitor your MRI’s helium level. It is not worth it to go too low and risk a magnet quench. As a provider of MRI service, we've seen the worst-case quench scenario play out: a complete refill, ramping the magnet back up to field, hiring experienced engineers, and two to three days of down time and missed patients. In some cases, a quench can cost an imaging facility $50,000!

To help you avoid all that unpleasantness, we'll share when to schedule your next helium fill from the OEM recommendations of some of the most common MRI scanners around.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, MRI

MRI Comparison: GE MR 450W vs. GE EXCITE HDXT

Posted by Steve Rentz

Apr 1, 2019 3:12:00 PM

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Amid the slew of MRI options available to buyers on the secondary market, one is all but certain to come across a number of models from industry juggernaut, GE. Used/refurbished GE MRI systems occupy a spectrum of vintages, configurations, technology, and prices. So, to help MRI buyers better understand what their options are, we've decided to compare two systems that live in neighboring areas of the spectrum: the GE EXCITE HDXT and the GE MR 450W. Keep reading to see what's different, and where each of these models shines.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI

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