By Sabine Duffy-Sandstrom
There’s no denying the appeal of
new, high-quality medical imaging equipment. However, that desire for the
latest, greatest technology is being tempered with the sobering realization
that health care budgets are increasingly limited. For that reason, more U.S. hospitals
and imaging centers are embracing refurbished versions of highly respected, industry-leading
Certainly costs decrease with the
purchase of refurbished imaging equipment – and ideally, quality of care
increases through improved access to top-shelf imaging technology that doesn’t
bear those top-shelf prices. That said, companies that refurbish medical
imaging systems don’t all follow the same procedural handbook. Indeed,
refurbishing standards and processes can vary widely – and so can the end results.
Before committing to the purchase
of any refurbished imaging system, decision-makers at hospitals and medical
imaging centers should ask these 6 smart questions:
- Will the system be refurbished with original
equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts?
- Will I be provided with the original software
- Will the system have all the OEM mandated
updates to ensure safe performance?
- What kind of system testing will be performed on
the refurbished system so I can feel confident about my purchase? (In
other words: Will image, quality, dose, and accuracy be calibrated to the
original equipment specifications using the same test equipment that is
used with new systems?)
- Will I be provided with original user
documents and a quality certificate?
- Will the company performing the refurbishment
be able to guarantee its existence in 8 to 10 years for warranty and
Responses to these 6 questions will
help ensure that hospitals and imaging centers are purchasing nothing less than
the best when they turn to refurbished imaging equipment to save money and provide
quality patient care.
Biography: Sabine Duffy-Sandstrom is
vice president of refurbished systems at Siemens Healthcare.