We’ve all had it happen to us. You’re working on a big presentation and suddenly the power goes out. Poof! You’ve lost your unsaved document. While that situation is upsetting and disruptive, it’s even more serious if there’s a power outage while your radiology team is creating medical imaging with CT Scanner, MRIs , C-Arms and more. That’s why it’s wise (and essential) to have the proper UPS in place to protect you during power losses and surges.
When you hook up your medical imaging equipment to a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) and a power surge or outage occurs, it will seamlessly kick in to keep your equipment from shutting down for a while. This gives you time to save what you were working on and then safety turn the system off.
As you know, if medical imaging equipment isn’t shut down properly, it can cause some serious issues. You could lose patient data, which is inconvenient for your patient and results in lost revenue for your practice. It also costs you and your patients time. After all, if you lose a patient’s data during an outage, they will need to reschedule an appointment, travel and wait. You will need to make time in your busy schedule to fit the patient in again. It’s a frustrating and time consuming situation for all involved.
Weather can be an even bigger problem. If you live in an area with tornadoes, hurricanes or big storms and wind, you definitely want your medical imaging equipment and data to be protected. By having a UPS, you won’t have to worry about whether your medical imaging equipment and data is protected. Basic surge and power loss protection can be provided with offline or standby UPS.
It’s also wise to provide a reliable source of “clean power” or power that is free of sudden dips or spikes in the overall sine wave. This is especially true if you live in an area where brownouts occur or in densely populated areas where the volume of electrical equipment used generates “noise” in the electrical current. If your equipment receives “dirty power,” it can cause the components to degrade at an accelerated rate, burn out completely or reduce the image quality output. These clean power capabilities are usually found in online UPS units. While an online UPS solution can cost more than a standby UPS, the protection can be worth it.
A back-up generator option is ideal if you need your systems to be protected longer than what a standard UPS can provide. It can provide the protection and peace of mind you need.
Which UPS Solution is Right For You?
The best way to determine which UPS solution is best, contact an expert like those at Atlantis Worldwide. Refurbished or used medical imaging equipment might be ideal for you and cost you less than a brand new system. Regardless, it just makes fiscal sense to explore your imaging options.
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Meet the author: Vikki Harmonay