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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

GE XRD Collimator: Lifespan and Cost Info

Posted by Chad Seelye

Mar 6, 2018 9:12:00 AM

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For the GE XRD (or any X-ray room, for that matter), proper collimator function is important not just for optimum image quality, but also for controlling radiation dose for patients and practitioners alike. Collimators generally last a long while, but degradation and eventual failure are still possibilities that any facility using X-ray equipment needs to be prepared to respond to.

Whether your XRD collimator is on the fritz right now or you simply like to stay informed and think ahead, the following information will help you build your cost expectations, know what problems to look for, and help ensure that the installation of a replacement collimator goes smoothly.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Parts, X-ray

DR Panel Subscription Periods: What to Expect

Posted by Devinn LoVette

Feb 23, 2018 11:20:52 AM

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As society trends toward more diverse forms of ownership and commerce, platform-based and subscription-style services have become increasingly common. Uber, Amazon, Netflix, and others have fundamentally changed the way many of us travel, shop, and plan entertainment for a night in. Now, the same streamlined approach has come to digital radiography (DR). Just like subscribing to a cellphone service, with a single monthly payment for your phone, data, and damage protection, DR users can subcribe to pay off their panel while having it covered for service, updates, and droppage.

Most of the panel buyers we talk with agree that these are great benefits, but the next questions they ask always seem to revolve around the length of the subscription period, the frequency of upgrade elligibility, and just how much of the subscription period they're really locked in for. To help clear up those questions, we'll use Block Imaging's subscription plan as an example and dig into what you can expect concerning the details of your DR panel subscription period.

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Topics: X-ray

How to Import Images from Your Vieworks DR Panel

Posted by Mackenzie Dryer

Feb 14, 2018 10:40:11 AM

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Vieworks DR panels have internal memory that can store up to 100 images before you need to free up space for new images. If you use a Vieworks DR detector panel in your X-ray imaging suite and are not sure how to import images stored on your DR panel to your workstation computer, don't worry; the step-by-step, pictorial instructions in this blog post will guide you through the process.

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Topics: X-ray, Imaging Equipment Service

Floor-Mounted Cath Labs vs Ceiling-Mounted Cath Labs

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Feb 9, 2018 3:49:10 PM

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When people begin searching for a cath lab system, one of the first things they tend to notice is that there are TONS of options! Single plane or bi-plane? Which detector size? Want to add a hemodynamic monitoring system to that? How about an injector? The list of possible configurations goes on and on.

Most folks are able to arrive at relatively quick decisions on many cath lab options, but we often see some confusion when it comes to choosing floor mounting or ceiling mounting. Both types require a facility to install a ceiling structure, so does it really matter how the lab is mounted? Absolutely! And in more ways than one. To show you what we mean, we'll break down the differences that might inform your choice of either a floor-mounted or ceiling-mounted cath lab system. For comparison's sake, we'll use the GE Innova 3100 IQ (floor-mounted) and Philips Allura XPER FD20 (ceiling-mounted) as examples.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Cath/Angio, X-ray

DR Flat Panel Detector Price Guide [2018 Update]

Posted by Tim Mustapha

Jan 12, 2018 2:49:49 PM

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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. It 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

    
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