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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GE XR/d and Senographe 2000D Workstations: Cost, Signs of Failure, and Replacement Info

Posted by Samantha Binder

Jul 28, 2016 12:06:19 PM

When GE developed their Senographe 2000D mammography system and their XR/d X-ray room, they partnered with Silicon Valley's Sun Microsystems (acquired in 2010 by Oracle) to provide workstations for both machines. The particular workstation in both of these cases was the Sun Ultra 10.

The Ultra 10 is a reliable platform but, just like any computer slogging through the day-in/day-out of a crowded patient schedule, there comes a point where a replacement will be necessary. 

Below, we'll break down the different types of Ultra 10 workstations, what causes them to fail, and the solution when you experience workstation failure on your 2000D or XR/d.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray, Parts & Service, Mammography

Used Analog X-Ray with New Digital Detector: Price Cost Guide

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jul 19, 2016 12:01:30 PM

There are a number of ways imaging facilities can move forward from film and CR-based X-ray. In fact, there are so many that there's a method to fit almost any budget.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

What Happens During an R/F Room Refurbishment?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

R/F refurbishment is one of our specialties at Block Imaging. Our X-ray engineers have been doing this type of work for a long time and have become virtual wizards in the ways of the Advantx, the Precision 500D, the Easy Diagnost, and many other R/F models.

As we’ve sold the systems our team has refurbished, the buyer almost always asks at some point, “What happens during an R/F room refurbishment?” So finally, after being asked so frequently, we decided to present the answer to you in writing!

Read on as we pull the lead curtain back and show you the R/F refurbishment process component-by-component.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

New Analog X-Ray with New Digital Detector: Price Cost Guide

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jul 13, 2016 12:14:23 PM

Most of us are aware by now of the image quality, workflow, and cost benefits of taking our X-ray imaging fully digital, but some of us are still weighing exactly which method of going digital will be the best fit for both our clinical needs and our budget. 

One of the methods we discuss with buyers most often is bundling the purchase of a new analog X-ray room and a new digital flat-panel detector. A bundle like this provides a good balance of technical improvements and capital expenses.

Watch the clip below for current average pricing for a new analog X-ray room paired with a new flat-panel digital detector.

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Topics: X-ray, Medical Imaging Equipment Price, Medical Imaging Equipment Cost

Automated Digital X-Ray vs. Analog X-Ray with Digital Panel Upgrade

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jul 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In the world of X-ray rooms, the "latest and greatest" from all the big OEMs are fully-automated digital systems. The goal in developing these systems is to add the ultimate throughput advantage to the laundry list of benefits that already come with direct digital imaging. 

While there are advantages to be had, they come with a price tag that many facilities find tough to manage. We've spoken to dozens of sites over the last year weighing their options and evaluating the cost/reward benefits of a fully automatic room. In all of those conversations, we tabled another, more affordable option: retro-fitting an analog X-ray room (perhaps even one they already have) with a digital flat panel detector.

We'll share with you below how retro-fitting an analog X-ray room compares to purchasing a new, automated, digital X-ray room.    

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Topics: X-ray

DR Flat Panel Detector Price Guide [2016 Update]

Posted by John Maher

Jun 30, 2016 2:00:00 PM

If higher image quality, faster scan times, and lower maintenance costs have you considering digital radiography (DR), but your budget has you considering toughing it out another year with analog X-ray equipment, there's an affordable middle ground: DR panels. Using a DR panel in your analog X-ray system lets you claim all of the advantages of a factory-made digital X-ray system without removing and replacing your existing unit. I also helps U.S. users avoid current and impending reimbursement cuts from CMS.

Within the line of DR panels available, there are options that make the product flexible, in terms of both functionality and cost. Below you'll find more details and current average price ranges for each DR panel option.

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Topics: X-ray

What New CMS Cuts Mean for CR Image Processing

Posted by John Maher

Jun 22, 2016 8:59:14 AM

Many of our readers, friends, and contacts across the imaging field have heard about the CMS reimbursement cuts to film processing that will come into effect in 2017. As a result, we've been flooded with requests from people looking to update their equipment stables ahead of the cuts. Many of them are sensing an even deeper turn in the direction of digital imaging and are inquiring after the ongoing viability of CR processing as a solution.

What many people haven't heard is that the same legislation cutting reimbursements to film (The Consolidated Appropriations Act) will also cut reimbursements to CR processing in 2018 and again in 2023. In light of this additional wave of cuts, we want to share with you exactly what the law says will happen to CR reimbursements as well as how you can calculate your facility's position and form an upgrade plan.

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Topics: X-ray

Stationary Anode vs. Rotating Anode: Two C-Arm Tube Types Compared

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Jun 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Inside every C-arm X-ray tube (and any other X-ray tube for that matter) there is a cathode and an anode. The cathode receives incoming electrical current from the machine's generator and emits a beam of electrons onto the anode, where we'll focus our attention today.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray

Vieworks VXvue Imaging Software Review

Posted by John Maher

Jun 3, 2016 10:10:25 AM

The radiology field has been talking for some time now about the benefits of digital radiography. But while it's true that any DR panel will help you get better images far quicker than an analog system, not all DR panel software suites provide the same level of user experience.

That said, we reviewed one of the DR software suites we see most often to help you better understand what you can expect from the day-to-day use of a DR panel.

Watch the video review below to hear how Vieworks' VXvue software performs in:

• Ease of use

• Image quality

• Adaptability

• Throughput

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

Portable X-Ray Comparison: Source-Ray SR-130 vs. Dynarad Phantom

Posted by Tim Mustapha

May 27, 2016 1:37:23 PM

The functional flexibility of portable X-ray systems can make them a linchpin in the equipment stables of hospitals, urgent care centers, and home care alike. Back-up for a fixed system, overflow capacity for a packed schedule, access for patients with limited mobility- the list of practical applications goes on, yet market share for portable systems is dominated by a single product line: GE's AMX series.

The AMX is a proven workhorse for a high-volume hospital setting, but if your volume will be lower or if your mobility needs include being able to pack your X-ray system in a van or truck and take it to your patient, there are options available that can save on cost, space, and weight. Today we're going to break down two of those options: the SR-130 from SourceRay and the Phantom from DynaRad.

Watch the clip below to see the SR-130 and the Phantom compared side-by-side for:

  • Size
  • Power output
  • Anode capacity
  • Tube rotation
  • And more...
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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, X-ray

    

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