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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.

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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

3T MRI vs 1.5T MRI

Posted by Steve Rentz

Jul 27, 2018 12:40:00 PM

3T MRI Vs 1.5T MRI

1.5 + 1.5 = 3, right? So a 3T MRI is twice as good as a 1.5T MRI, right?  As far as the field strength is concerned, sure. In the world of sales and marketing, absolutely. But from an imaging standpoint, a throughput standpoint, and a cashflow standpoint, maybe not. 

Before you spend up to twice the money for a 3T, we suggest you take a look at what it can do for you, and what it can’t. Read more below, or watch the video version of this blog at the foot of the page.

Have an MRI machine in mind already? Click here to tell us about your MRI project and get a custom quote.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, MRI, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Questions to Ask BEFORE You Buy a Used CT Scanner

Posted by Paul Crawford

Jun 25, 2018 12:46:00 PM

ask before you buy CT

Have you ever heard the famous song lyrics, “My mama told me, ‘You’d better shop around’”? That’s good advice, but what if you walked into the nearest mall with no clue what you were intending to buy? You could end up walking in circles long enough to triple the stock on bunion pads. Not knowing what you’re after before you hit the market can be a marathon exercise in time-wasting.

With so many manufacturers, models, software packages, and price points, it’s important to figure out what you really need BEFORE you start shopping seriously in the used CT scanner market.

Below are some questions you should ask your doctors and imaging techs. Having these answered in advance will help narrow the field and target your search for the right CT scanner more productively.

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

    
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