Should You Repair or Replace Medical Equipment?

14. December 2017 Uncategorized 0

For hospitals and medical equipment owners, the dilemma of whether to repair or replace faulty medical equipment can be a headache. When it comes to oncology equipment components and parts are important to be in top-notch condition so that there is no discrepancy left in treating patients with these important medical devices.

If you are someone who is finding it hard to whether replace or repair the components of your LINAC, then we are here to help you decide.

Take A Look At the History

First, consider the equipment’s past.  According to Healthcare Finance, one of the many things to look for when deciding between repairing and replacing is considering the equipment’s past. Since you have been operating the equipment for long, you should have a good idea of how it had been in the past. Has it had to be repaired, just once in a blue moon or is this first time that it needs to be repaired. If the equipment has needed to be constantly repaired or seems to be failing more and more often than maybe it is time that it is replaced.

Then leverage the costs between repairing the equipment constantly and buying a new machine.  You may find that repairing then equipment costs more than purchasing a new one. This fact holds true especially for the components that have been used for a long time. You should compare the costs of the new equipment and the cost of repairing and then reach a decision.

Also look at the performance of the devices.  Has it been performing well?  Has it been breaking down?  Too often, a broken device does not work properly even after it is repaired. Thus, in this situation, changing it or only the part which had been repaired becomes imperative. You shouldn’t resort to the faulty performance of the instrument just because it costs less.

What do manufacturers say about this?

You shouldn’t replace any equipment just because of a tiny fault for that is going to increase the burden on your pocket. However, when it comes to the following considerations, manufacturers prefer complete replacement.

Innovation in technology is happening every day. There are many parts of LINAC which are improved for better performance. The advance linear accelerators of today have better functionality and reduced breaking frequency. Also, the fact cannot be ignored that some patients prefer to be treated with new and innovative equipment rather than the ones that had been made years ago. Considering this, it becomes important to think about replacing the medical equipment so that treatments are carried out in a better way.

Obtaining peace of mind is an important element for patients and medical facilities.  Evaluating the right price of repairing can be very hard. Before you call a repairer, you should consider how long the equipment would go further in the future after the repair. As you can see this whole process just takes away the peace of mind, replacing the equipment is a better option. Most medical equipment comes with a warranty as you might know. This means that you can expect no burdens of repairing for a long time to come.

Look At Your Finances

If we were to give you a clear-cut verdict on whether you should change or repair your linear accelerator parts or LINAC parts, then we’d say that considering all the factors above, it solely depends upon the state of your company’s finance at the time the machine broke down.

Acceletronics is an independent service company dedicated to delivering the best equipment performance and service reliability from Linear Accelerators and CT Scanners across all major brands and models. Learn more about Acceletronics and their selection of new and refurbished linear accelerators and CT scanners today at http://www.acceletronics.com.  To contact one of our LINAC experts call 610.524.3300.


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