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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

End of Life Medical Imaging Equipment... What Does It Really Mean?

Posted by Chris Kinnas

Dec 11, 2018 3:22:00 PM

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“End of Life.” Sounds morbid, doesn’t it? But before you flood your mind with images of long black cars and gothic letters chiseled in granite, let me reassure you that we’ll only be discussing the phrase as it pertains to your medical imaging equipment.

“End of Life” (EOL) means that a product has reached the limits of its primary market viability and as a result, support is discontinued or limited. If you have a system that is EOL the OEM may find it difficult to help you in servicing/supporting the unit.   

We’ve seen the major OEMs assign EOL designation a number of times to reliable, workhorse systems that could keep scanning if parts and engineers were available to nurse them through their occasional hiccups. But, in light of the never-ending stream of new and improved technology, these products are left behind and OEM services are refocused on new and late-model equipment. 

This can be a serious sticking point for facilities struggling to make their way to that next imaging equipment upgrade. Fortunately, through years of working through EOL designations, we’ve learned some things things concerning EOL imaging equipment that can help facilities in this situation.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, Imaging Equipment Parts, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Used and Refurbished C-Arms: How Important Is System Age?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Nov 21, 2018 9:45:00 AM

C-Arm System Age

One of the first questions we’re asked when we propose a used or refurbished C-arm to a customer is, “What year was it made?” This is a logical question to ask; a question one asks almost any time they buy something used. In the case of used C-arms, there are several reasons this information seems important, but simply knowing the date of manufacture (DOM) of a system can be deceiving.

The following are a few better ways to find out what you really want to know about used and refurbished C-arms.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Product Overview: Siemens Axiom Artis Interventional Lab

Posted by Jeremy Block

Sep 14, 2018 12:40:00 PM

The Axiom Artis is one of the most prevalent product lines from Siemens in the interventional radiology category. One thing you’ll notice as you begin to look for information on the Axiom Artis is how many varieties it comes in: floor- mounted vs. ceiling-mounted vs. a combination of both, image intensifiers vs. detectors, single-plane vs. bi-plane. On top of that, there are numerous software configurations which will determine the kinds of studies each system is equipped to accommodate.

To denote the configuration of each system, Siemens has developed a "code" consisting of eight letters. With so many feature combinations, however, the code leaves you with a lot of acronyms and, perhaps, less clarity than the folks at Siemens might have hoped. We’ve decoded the acronyms below to assist anyone perusing Siemens interventional suites to better understand which system is the right fit.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

CT Scanner Manufacturers and Models Guide

Posted by Paul Crawford

Aug 31, 2018 11:25:00 AM

 Looking for your next CT solution?  Check out this simple visual guide to CT scanner manufacturers, models, and slice counts on the refurbished imaging equipment market to get started:

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment, CT Scanner

Turning Used C-Arms Into Refurbished C-Arms

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 28, 2018 4:13:00 PM

C-Arm Refurbishment Process

A refurbished C-arm offers access to late-model technology at a much more affordable price than buying brand new. Sometimes though, the definition of "refurbishment" can vary from vendor to vendor. 

While “refurbishment” can be a somewhat vague term, we want to be clear about what happens to C-arm systems that pass through our doors. The video clip below will show you the processes Block Imaging uses to return used C-arms to OEM specifications for image quality, cosmetic appearance, and overall performance. If you prefer text, scroll down for a written description of our process.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

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