In the not-so-distant past, many hospitals and imaging groups would rush to buy the biggest and the best medical imaging equipment. After all, who doesn’t want the shiny new toy? But oftentimes these purchases were made without reviewing the needs of a specific facility, market and patient population. Reimbursements were high, and referrals and insurance acceptance were strong, so why worry? In fact, many diagnostic imaging centers were launched on the “if you build it, they will come” philosophy.
For those of you who remember those days, we don’t have to tell you times have changed. Hospitals and imaging centers have to be economically wiser. They need to provide the services required by their patients, physicians and community, while at the same time, honoring the bottom line and making wise investments.
So with the influx of new technologies at a wide variety of price points, how do you know when and what to buy? Is a 3T required at every site? Is a 64 slice CT the only way to compete effectively in a market? Simply stated, it depends.
That’s where Atlantis Worldwide comes in. We work with our customers and help them evaluate their market and referral patterns. Then we recommend which equipment makes fiduciary sense for both the long and short term. We help our customers (who usually end up being friends) understand the financial impact of equipment acquisition, whether MRI, CT, C-arm, X-ray, PETCT or other imaging devices. Whether the site is a hospital, outpatient center, surgical center or physician office, understanding initial cost, installation and operating expenses, as well as ongoing service costs is important. It’s also vital to factor in associated costs like billing, revenue stream, collections and marketing expenses for your overall project. Only then can a wise decision be made regarding equipment selection and expenditure.
Since our team has been buying and selling imaging equipment for more than 20 years, we understand how needs have changed. We can help you weight all the factors and make a decision that works for your specific needs, right here and now.
In our next blog, we’ll talk about the ins and outs of upgrading diagnostic imaging systems.
At Atlantis Worldwide, we’ve been helping hospitals, clinics, practices and healthcare facilities find the perfect medical imaging solutions for more than 30 years. If you are in need of a refurbished CT Scanner or other medical imaging equipment, be sure to give us a call. Oftentimes a used or certified refurbished system can provide the performance you need, as well as impressive service warranties. Contact Us Today!
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Meet the author: Vikki Harmonay