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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

Does NEMA Standard XR-29 Apply to PET/CT?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Apr 16, 2018 10:42:09 AM

If you own or operate a PET/CT, the moment you heard about NEMA standard XR-29 for CT scanners, your eyebrows, your ears, and the little hairs on the back of your neck probably all shot up in unison, and you thought: "Does that apply to my equipment too?" 

Since we originally published this article in 2014, current and prospective PET/CT users have continued to ask us this same question. Back then, there wasn't a lot of clarity to be had. Now, however, with XR-29 non-compliance penalties in full swing, the answers are in the open. Watch the brief clip below for an explanation of how NEMA XR-29 affects PET/CT equipment.

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Topics: PET/CT, medical imaging news

How Much Does a PET/CT Scanner Cost? [2018 Update]

Posted by Josh Nunez

Apr 6, 2018 12:33:00 PM

It's a question our team addresses several times every week: "How much does a PET/CT scanner cost?"  Well, the answer depends on a number of factors, and is seldom exactly the same from site-to-site, but we've compiled the ranges of current average pricing to help guide your search.

There is one cost factor that is more telling than any other: slice count. The more slices the CT portion of the machine can capture, the more you'll pay for it. Watch the video or read the list below to see cost information for PET/CT scanners across the full range of slice counts. 

Looking for a custom PET/CT or PET scanner cost quote? Click here to tell us about your project.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, PET/CT, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Philips Gemini TF vs. Philips Ingenuity TF

Posted by Josh Nunez

Dec 27, 2017 3:40:34 PM

In the continuous effort of medical imaging manufacturers to push their technology forward, improve patient and doctor experiences, and remain competitive in the marketplace, Philips has released a newer generation of their PET/CT product: the Ingenuity TF. The new scanner is, in some ways, an advancement of their Gemini TF PET/CT scanners. The question is: In which ways is it an advancement, and do those advancements make it a "no-brainer" upgrade for facilities looking to balance clinical performance and capital costs? 

To help you know the difference, we've compared these two PET/CT systems below. You'll see what's the same, what's different, and how the value proposition shakes out between the Gemini TF and the Ingenuity TF.

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Topics: PET/CT

Philips Gemini GXL vs. Gemini TF PET/CT

Posted by Josh Nunez

Nov 22, 2017 12:36:00 PM

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The Philips Gemini PET/CT line is now three generations deep. From the Gemini Dual and 16 Power, to the Gemini GXL, to the Gemini TF, Philips has been improving the image quality and detection accuracy of their PET/CT equipment every few years. Sometimes, these changes come quickly enough that, unless you keep your ear to the ground on all things tech, a new iteration can be easy to miss.

Since we know many of you are too busy serving patients, building practices, and managing imaging departments to monitor the equipment industry constantly, we've taken care of the legwork of comparing the last two Philips PET/CT models to emerge on the secondary market for you. Below you'll find a comparison of the Gemini GXL and the Gemini TF. You'll learn what they share, how they differ, and where each one shines.

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Topics: PET/CT

What Is "Time of Flight" PET Scanning?

Posted by Josh Nunez

Nov 3, 2017 9:21:48 AM

As with all modalities of imaging equipment, PET scanning is gradually moving in the direction of greater and greater diagnostic accuracy. For PET in particular, the biggest step in that direction of the last decade has been the development and proliferation of time of flight technology.

For those who may be using PET systems older than ten years, or newer systems without the time of flight option enabled, there are benefits via time of flight you'll want to explore as the time to upgrade your equipment draws nearer. For those who may be only just entering the PET arena, there are a number of reasons why a time of flight-equipped system shold be at the top of your list of considerations. Wherever you may fall on the PET user spectrum, we'll share below more details about what time of flight features actually do and what they mean for PET users and patients alike.

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Topics: PET/CT, PET Scanners

    
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