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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

What New CMS Cuts Mean for CR Image Processing

Posted by John Maher

Nov 16, 2017 12:09:53 PM

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Many of our readers, friends, and contacts across the imaging field heard early on in 2016 that CMS was implementing reimbursement cuts to film processing in 2017. The result was a flood of requests from people looking to update their equipment stables ahead of the cuts. Many of them are sensed an even deeper turn in the direction of digital imaging and inquired after the ongoing viability of CR processing as a solution.

What we've been communicating to all of them for the last 18 months 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

Upgrade Options for GE AMX IV Portable X-Ray

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Oct 27, 2017 2:46:00 PM

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The basic design and functionality of a portable X-ray machine hasn't changed dramatically over the last 20 years. This is precisely why it's so common to find GE AMX machines from 2005, 2000, and even 1995 still being used in hospitals every day.

Even so, digital X-ray is becoming more and more prevalent in fixed systems, leaving radiology directors in search of economical ways to digitize their portable X-ray images without having to line up at the CR reader after each study. What you'll see below are three upgrade options from Block Imaging that make this happen. 

Getting a portable X-ray unit soon? Click here to share your needs & get a quick quote.

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Topics: Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-ray

6 Best Practices for Patient Data Disaster Recovery

Posted by Mackenzie Dryer

Oct 13, 2017 3:47:53 PM

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The wonders of technology have created a greater peace of mind for many medical offices and hospitals by providing a way to easily, effectively, and safely store and retrieve digital records. Nothing demonstrates this clearer than when a facility experiences an event that damages or destroys imaging and record-keeping equipment. As "set-it-and-forget-it" as backup and recovery technology can seem, these systems still require some proactive treatment.

Whether the event in question is disastrous for a single laptop (dropped on a hard floor) or for dozens of pieces of equipment across a network (flooding in your building's first couple of floors), the following are some industry best practices to help make sure that restoring access to your patient data can be quick and easy, freeing you to respond to the other urgencies that arise in a disaster recovery scenario.

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Topics: X-ray

Simplifying Digital X-Ray Workflow with NFC Technology

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Sep 7, 2017 10:49:03 AM

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Near field communication (NFC) is not a new technology. It's been used in everything from cellphones, to credit cards, to wristwatches. It's the technology that allows you to buy groceries with a tap from your card, exchange social contacts with a wave of your phone, and enter secure locations with a key fob or a name badge. Now, NFC has been integrated into digital radiography (DR) panels to further the workflow improvements already offered by DR.

If your imaging facility is hoping to use a single DR panel across multiple X-ray systems, a panel equipped with NFC not only makes it possible, it does so easily and quickly.

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Topics: X-ray

What Do I Do if I Can’t Find My FDA 2579 Form?

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Aug 16, 2017 2:23:23 PM

So, here's a relevant, but completely hypothetical (unless you're living it right now) scenario for you: The FDA auditor is in your office, ready to inspect your X-ray imaging equipment, when you hear him say, “May I see a copy of the 2579 form for this system?” 

Do you know which form he's talking about (click here if you don’t)? If you do, do you know where it is? If your imaging facility can't provide a completed FDA 2579 form for each diagnostic X-ray system in the building, you can be written up in violation of federal requirements and may be subject to associated penalties.

If you aren't sure where your form is or if you even have one, don’t panic, we'll share with you below four different ways you can get your hands on another copy of your FDA 2579.

Never heard of FDA 2579? Find out about it here.

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

    

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