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The Difference Between Refurbished & Used Medical Imaging Equipment

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

We’ve become a craigslist and eBay society, with more and more people choosing to buy something slightly used, instead of new. 

used_medical_imaging_equipment1And it makes sense.  You get something of value that someone else doesn’t want while also saving money.Which begs the question, does the same hold true with medical imaging equipment?  You bet. 

In many cases, you can find the exact medical imaging system you are looking for on the used or refurbished market.  But there is a difference between used and refurbished, so let’s start there.

Used Medical Imaging Equipment

When talking about medical imaging technology, the term “used” usually means that the device is sold in “as is” condition.  It also means that most likely it does not include a warranty.  In addition, the buyer mostly likely will be responsible for the parts and labor that will be needed to complete the de-installation, the shipment of the equipment and the installation at your facility or clinic.  That said, there are many times that buying used equipment makes sense, especially if you’re looking for an MRI.  MRIs don’t have a lot of moveable parts, so it’s rare to find one with extensive damage.

Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment

When a medical imaging system is refurbished, it usually means it’s been tested, calibrated, upgraded with new parts and comes with a warranty.  The price also should include delivery and installation.  It’s as close to “new” as possible.  It’s always wise to ask if parts have been replaced on the refurbished system—like a CT scanner’s X-Ray Tube, or an MRI’s coldhead or absorber, or even software updates. 

Do Your Homework

If you choose to buy used or refurbished medical imaging equipment, it’s essential that you buy from a trusted source.  Talk to previous customers and check out company reviews. Talk to an engineer about whether or not it makes sense.  Make sure you review all the terms of the sale carefully.  You should be able to ask for an inspection before purchase, as well. If you’re buying a refurbished medical system, make sure you review the terms of the warranty and be sure to discuss all details regarding delivery and installment. 

It all comes down to this:  if you want to save money by buying used or refurbished medical imaging equipment, you have to do your homework.  If you want to talk further about used and refurbished medical imaging equipment, talk to one of the experts at Atlantis Worldwide today. We are here to help.

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Topics: Used Medical Imaging Equipment, Refurbished medical imaging equipment