Effective Maintenance is a Must for Radiation Oncology Equipment to Deliver Results
Oncology is about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all types of cancer. Clinical oncology uses much of the corpus of knowledge in the field of medical sciences to deal with patients with malignant tumor. Medical, surgical and radiation skills are primarily required for the treatment.
Medical oncology uses chemotherapy to attack cancerous tumors. The entire process of detection and treatment of all types of cancer requires a vast array of equipment. Among all such machines are linear accelerators and CT scanners. All these equipment of varied nature have to be maintained properly to ensure a smooth and quality treatment for the patients.
Scheduled check lists
Preventive and emergency maintenance is necessary for all such equipment. All such machines have a scheduled check list. This is gone through carefully every day. Various machines are examined after a scheduled interval of time for any faults and their removal. There is a preventive maintenance schedule for each machine. A software program provides regular intimation about the maintenance check for the day and records it after it is done successfully.
A medical establishment may have its own staff to conduct all the necessary preventive or emergency maintenance routines, or it may choose to go in for a service contract and outsource the work. The service companies have the experts to understand all the problems and the equipment to handle them. They can locate the basic problem easily and repair the machine quickly, without leading to any major disruption of the service.
The service contract could be for services throughout day or night, during working hours, for all the days of the week, only for the weekend, and for planned preventive maintenance. Or you pay for the actual work hours and the replacement material used. If equipment has been leased, it can be replaced by the service company for the time it takes to repair the loaned unit.
A linear accelerator uses external radiation to treat the affected organ of the body. It beams high-energy x-rays onto the patient’s tumor to damage cancerous cells. Linear accelerator services personnel can attend to equipment problems quickly. Their computerized systems respond within minutes and the job is done quickly.
CT scanners and CT simulators are used to plan all radiotherapy treatment. They can construct a 3D image of the patient and determine the different densities of tissue, organs and bones. This helps in radiotherapy planning. CT scanner and CT simulator services are available on various terms. Trained engineers can respond to such problems quickly. They can begin corrective work within a short time and bring back the machine operation to normal quickly. They too can be available 24 hour a day, seven days a week throughout the year. They can work during all hours and weekends too. The service contract can also be based on the cost of the material replaced and the time spent on the job by the company personnel.
A good maintenance contract will always help the medical unit to get effective help quickly and to limit or altogether avoid any disruption in the healthcare services.
For more information on how we can assist your medical facility you can call our Linear Accelerator Repair Specialists at 610.524.3300 or visit our website at http://www.acceletronics.com.