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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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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

How to Sell Your MRI Machine

Posted by Richard Hummel

May 11, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Selling MRI Gantry

A reliable MRI machine is a cornerstone modality in any medical imaging equipment stable, especially when that reliability is coupled with recent advances in technology. Of course, advanced technology isn't always easy on your budget. The good news is, the reliable, used MRI machine that's already sitting in your facility may still hold significant value.

If you find yourself preparing to upgrade your MRI scanner to a more advanced platform, here are a few keys to selling your existing system that will help offset the cost and clear the way.

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

How to Find Software Options on a Siemens Sensation 64 CT

Posted by Paul Crawford

Dec 22, 2017 11:00:00 AM

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If you intend to buy or sell a used Siemens Sensation 64 (or any other CT scanner for that matter) one of the most important things you will need to know is which software options are enabled on the system. This information will tell you, or your future buyer, which specialties and procedures the scanner is equipped to perform as well as help you set reasonable expectations for pricing.

Luckily, in the case of the Sensation 64, this information can be found and recorded in four simple steps. Read below to learn how it's done.

Know whic software options you need/have? Click here to start your buying or selling conversation.




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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Selling Imaging Equipment, Medical Imaging Service Training

How to Find the Software Version on Your OEC 9800, 8800, 6800, or 2800

Posted by Gary Strpko

Nov 29, 2017 8:45:00 AM

If you use an OEC C-arm or urology suite, the time may come when you need to know your system's software version for service purposes or, if you intend to sell your system, to tell a prospective buyer essential details about the equipment.

If you've never looked it up before, it's very easy to do. There are three simple steps below to find out which software version is installed on your 9800, 8800, 6800, or 2800 system. For brevity's sake, we'll refer to these systems collectively as, "X800".

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Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

How Much is My MRI Worth? It’s Easier to Figure Out Than You Think

Posted by Steve Rentz

Oct 10, 2017 2:57:27 PM

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Have you found yourself asking “How much is my MRI machine worth?” lately? In today’s secondary market, Imaging equipment in general, and MRI Machines specifically, can range wildly in value. If you have a system for sale, or are considering upgrading in the next 3-6 months, you owe it to yourself to get a read on today’s market value.

This is a simple process and if you have the right information at hand there are equipment market valuation resources out there (Block Imaging is one) that can value your system quickly, accurately, and at no charge. The following are the pieces of information that drive the value of an MRI machine on the secondary market. Gather these details to maximize offers on your system.

To check out systems you might upgrade to, browse our inventory of MRI systems here.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Valuations, Selling Imaging Equipment, MRI

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