Looking at a linear accelerator, it is not hard to imagine how difficult it can be to remove one from a medical facility. Not only is it a sophisticated and expensive piece of machinery, but it is also, to put it mildly, huge. To make matters more complicated, this behemoth is surrounded by patients, doctors, and other medical staff hurrying about in the busy hive of activity that is a medical center. Getting one of these out of your facility is no small undertaking.
Despite this, there is quite a lot you can do to minimize the stress and complexity of the actual removal of your machine. This involves careful planning and the right team to facilitate the process. At R.O.S., we strive not just to guide you through this process but to be your partner in executing a successful, efficient, and stress-free removal.
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.