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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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Selling Your Used C-Arm: 6 Steps for a Smooth Transaction

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 9, 2019 3:10:00 PM

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Like so many other things, selling a used C-arm requires a little leg work to get the best value. After all, you wouldn’t expect to get top dollar for your coin collection if it was missing a Susan B. Anthony dollar, would you? Nor would you, as a buyer, shell out for an 2009 Pontiac without seeing some service records or, at least, an oil change sticker from some time after the Obama administration.

Things are much the same when one ventures into the used medical imaging equipment market. Retaining your accessories and documentation and properly maintaining your unit as it waits to find its new home can go a long way toward helping you make your C-arm sale and get the most money out of it. Below you’ll find six tips that will help you sell your C-arm:

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

1.5T MRI Gradient Slew Rates Compared

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 26, 2019 2:25:00 PM

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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

How to Delete Patient Data on an OEC 9800 C-Arm

Posted by Kelley Tomlinson

Apr 17, 2019 4:03:00 PM

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Be it for HIPAA compliance or simply to clear memory space on your system, it can be necessary from time-to-time to delete the patient data from your OEC 9800 C-arm. Our engineers are frequently asked how to do this, so we thought it was about time to share the process.

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

3 Reasons Why Block Imaging Is the Best Partner for Your Imaging Equipment Sale

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Sep 13, 2018 2:15:40 PM

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Selling your used imaging system can be an enormous help in offsetting the cost of an equipment upgrade. How much of a help depends on how much value you can get out of your system, which depends on what prospective buyers are willing to offer you.

Not all buyers will make you the same offer- not all of them will even make you a fair offer- but there are those who can bring what the market demands to the table, plus other added value.

The clip below will share with you three ways Block Imaging offers value when you sell your medical imaging equipment- whether you sell to us or not!

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment

Low Field Open MRI vs Closed MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Aug 9, 2018 9:27:00 AM

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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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