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What Causes Downtime for Mobile Imaging Equipment?

What causes the most downtime for your medical imaging equipment?

Increase Scan Time to Provide the Best Patient Care

Before purchasing a mobile scanner, it is important to assess your current set-up to determine how you can design it to decrease downtime for your mobile imaging equipment. You may be surprised to learn that the 4 things that create the most downtime actually have nothing to do with the scanner, but have everything to do with keeping your scanner up and running smoothly. 

The Chiller

In order for your MRI scanner to run, it has to work in conjunction with an external chiller. It is vital that you get your chiller checked as part of your preventative maintenance routine at least quarterly to prevent your MRI scanner malfunctions. Chillers tend to have more issues when it is very hot or very cold, so if you are going into an extreme season with temperatures reaching 100°F, or dipping to 0°F, you need to make sure your chiller is in good working order. 

The Generator

Your mobile MRI trailer needs an onboard generator to run the environmentals. Generators are a key component to any mobile set up, so make sure that the one you are purchasing is equipped with a generator in good working order. 

Important to note: The generator set up on a mobile MRI is not designed to run the MRI while scanning! MRIs suck about the same energy as a crypto mine, so you will need a 3-phase power source to operate your scanner. 

Air Conditioning

A mobile MRI is designed to be effective in harsh climates. Mobile units typically withstand in external conditions of -20°F to 110°F, relying on air-conditioning, heating, and humidification units to maintain proper environmental conditions inside the trailer.

If your AC goes out, the heat from your scanner can create its own weather system inside the scan room. 

Some of your engineers have seen scan rooms so humid that condensation appeared on every surface, as if it had rained inside. We don’t need to tell you… but water and electronics don’t mix. Needless to say, that was an expensive replacement part order. 

Lift Gate

Mobile MRIs should be equipped with a lift gate that allows patients and staff to access the system without climbing stairs. These are particularly important when dealing with a non-ambulatory patient population. This helps to create accessibility as well as additional safety for all users. 

The lift gate is another mechanical system that can break down over time or due to misuse. Think of it like an elevator … and how much time can be added onto a patient appointment if they are forced to climb the stairs.

Know Before You Buy

Please consider these 4 factors before you buy a mobile MRI. If not properly attended to, maintained, and cared for, these can all increase your downtime by up to 50%. 

For any additional help or questions, call an expert today!

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