The Elekta Gamma Knife Perfexion is a state-of the art machine which uses highly radioactive, but very well-controlled, sources to destroy tumors in the brain. It’s one of the technological wonders in the world of cancer treatment.
This machine needed removal/disposal from a major hospital in the United States, and ROS’s project management team came into action.
Radioactive sources decay over time, and eventually must be removed and disposed. In the case of this machine, all 192 cobalt-60 sources had to be carefully, professionally, and most importantly, safely, removed. This is no easy feat and requires considerable planning, specialized tools, strong regulatory oversight, and a high level of expertise in this type of equipment.
Every so often, we receive phone calls from hospitals or medical centers that need to have equipment removed in a big hurry. An MRI or linear accelerator project is usually planned months in advance, but every so often, circumstances require an expeditious removal.
R.O.S. to the rescue.
Recently, a customer in the Cayman Islands needed help in a hurry. A 2007 GE Profile Excite IV MRI System weighing 20,000 lbs., had to be removed in a hurry.
The result? On time, on budget, expeditious, professionally and safely executed, with a happy customer.
Our recent Refurbished Medical Equipment Survey results indicate a trend that we have been seeing for some time now. More and more hospitals and clinics in the United States are opting to trade in their used equipment to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), rather than selling them outright in the open market.
Let’s face it. For many hospitals, trading in equipment is a much easier process than selling or consigning a machine. Just like trading in a car when you buy or lease a new one, you let the Seller take care of the headaches. After all, isn’t one transaction a lot easier than two? Selling equipment often involves dealing with multiple buyers, the headaches of not knowing the professionalism and reputation of each, and that can put you and your facility at risk. So why deal with all the hassle?
Is your facility considering selling or replacing diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy equipment? There are several options to choose from. We have highlighted the “pros” and “cons” of each.
When the time has come to depart with your Diagnostic Imaging or Radiation Therapy equipment, you will be faced with several options: selling, consigning, removing & disposing, trade-in or auction. The pros and cons of each option are examined more closely in our Seller’s Guide, along with additional tips to maximize the value of your 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.