When is purchasing a used linear accelerator a good idea?
Purchasing a used linear accelerator system is not recommended for every facility. New equipment is often a better solution for many customers. If your center requires the latest technology available in the market today, or if you are planning on installing a machine that will not be replaced for a longer period of time (at least in the next 10-15 years) then a brand new machine, or an almost-new machine, is often the better choice.
Many radiation oncology centers often struggle with the idea of new vs. used equipment.
Globalization of the Pre-Owned Medical Equipment Market
Did you know that many Linear Accelerators in operation in the U.S. today were pre-owned linacs sourced in Europe, Australia or Asian countries? Or that many pre-owned systems in operation in Latin America came from the U.S.? The world of pre-owned Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Imaging Equipment has become truly global, and ROS is at the heart of this globalization. ROS recently completed a de-installation project in Central Europe where a Linear Accelerator system was relocated to a hospital in the Caribbean.
The complexities of an overseas project such as this can be enormously challenging. In the realm of Radiation Oncology, there are often regulatory obstacles, logistical challenges, language barriers, and sensitive timelines to consider.
When entering into a service agreement for an Elekta linear accelerator, it’s useful to know the lifespan of the parts, which can vary according to patient load and dose-rate at your radiation oncology practice. Depending on the type of service contract you have, this information can provide useful guidance on the repair and maintenance estimates over the many years you may be using your Elekta machine.
In the chart below, we have provided the average lifespan of various parts, based on feedback provided by facilities with differing levels of patient loads.