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.
25,000 lbs. of sophisticated technology and metal…dismantling and removing large medical equipment like linear accelerators sounds easy enough. Nevertheless, there are many factors and considerations your clinic or hospital should pay attention to when removing a linear accelerator.
Linear accelerators are extraordinary machines that represent a true miracle of human invention. They safely generate beams of radiation that kill cancer and save human lives. And yet many of these wonderful machines, after years of use and treatment of patients, are often not worth any money.
Varian low/single photon energy linear accelerator machines manufactured in the 1970’s through the early 1990’s often contain depleted uranium shielding (also referred to as counterweights), a radioactive material that must be handled appropriately during the removal and disposal of this equipment.
Many medical facilities prefer to sell their used CT, MRI, or other equipment to Buyers, rather than trading them in to manufacturers. If you are looking to sell, here are five simple tasks that will help you maximize your sales price and minimize your headaches:
To make way for the new, we often have to clear out the old. Far too often, ROS has received phone calls from hospitals and clinics that have relied on local contractors with little medical equipment removal experience to dispose of their radiation oncology or imaging equipment. Every so often, we hear of poor, if not disastrous, results. To comply with state regulations, for liability and safety reason, and to ensure you don’t end up having to pay for a service multiple times, it is critical to hire the right professionals for the job from the get-go. For over 18 years, ROS has been safely and professionally removing and disposing linacs (short for linear accelerators) and other heavy, hard-to-remove medical equipment. Here below are some examples of recent linac disposal and removal jobs ROS has successfully completed.