If you're looking to purchase used x-ray systems, there are many factors that need to be taken into account. While a new system usually has a 5 year warranty that comes with advantages, buying a used digital x-ray system can be a great way to save money on the purchase of an expensive machine. It is important, however, that you consider all factors before making the decision to buy used. In this post we will discuss 5 things that you should think about when considering used digital x-rays systems and what they could mean for your hospital.
Considerations when purchasing a used x-ray system
1. Is it operational?
It is important to make sure that used digital x-ray systems are operational before you purchase them. It’s not uncommon for used machines to have a higher percentage of operational issues. Oftentimes the used machines are in good condition, but they can be out of commission for a number of reasons. It is important that you make sure the used equipment will work before purchasing them so they are functional as soon as possible and don’t cost additional money to purchase parts and get repaired.
2. Has it been routinely serviced?
When buying used systems it is important that they have been routinely serviced by a professional. We recommend having used machines serviced at least once or twice a year to keep them operating smoothly. For used digital x-rays, you will want the machine checked for any faults and have those fixed before using it in your hospital.
The more time that has passed since the last service of a used machine is done, the higher the chance that there may be faults that have developed and could be costly to repair.
Sometimes used systems are sold without ever being serviced, which could lead to significant problems in the future including power surges.
3. Is it high frequency?
The newer models of used digital x-ray machines come with high frequency, which means they have new technology when it comes to taking an x-ray. This includes anatomical programming that automatically chooses the mass and kvp for you without manual inputting. Older systems do not offer this same functionality. If your hospital is looking at used equipment then these considerations of capability are important to take into account before making a decision on what type of system you want to buy.
4. How has it been used?
Used digital x-ray machines can be used in a variety of ways. It is important to take into account how the machine has been used before you purchase it because this will likely affect its lifespan and cost when it comes time for repair or replacement. If a used system has not received routine servicing and maintenance and a high volume of patient use, then it may last shorter than expected, which could end up costing you more money over the long term.
5. What are the costs associated?
It is important to consider additional costs associated with used equipment that may arise in the future, such as downtime or other issues related to it not being serviced properly before purchase. In order for used systems to be cost efficient they need regular maintenance so this type of issue doesn't occur down the line.
Whether used digital x-ray systems have been serviced or not is important to the price you'll pay for them as well as when purchasing used systems, ongoing costs need to be taken into account.
Considerations when purchasing a used DR panel
DR panels used in x-ray systems are expensive to purchase outright and they only last for a few years before needing repair or replacement. This is why we don’t advise purchasing a used DR panel as the technology has developed so rapidly that panels only last a few years before needing replacement. However, if you are looking to purchase a used panel here are some tips.
- Choose a DR panel that associates with your x-ray machine - is the panel 14x17 (tethered or wireless) or 17x17 (tethered or wireless)?
- Go for a newer technology - choose cesium over CCD, gadolinium is not a bad option just not the latest technology.
- Ensure your Operating System is current - if it’s not to the latest version you could have some HIPAA violations as you’re not getting routine updates.
- Check if it’s under warranty - you can get ongoing parts if it’s under its service warranty.
If you're looking to purchase used x-ray systems, there are many factors that need to be taken into account. If a used system has not received routine servicing and maintenance then it may last shorter than expected, which could end up costing more money over the long term.
However if you can find a used x-ray machine with all of its components present and operational there's an opportunity for saving money on your next purchase by buying used.
Get in touch with us today if you want help evaluating a used x-ray system or are interested in purchasing a new one!