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Upgrading Outdated Imaging Equipment – 3 Factors to Consider

Dec 28, 2020 | Articles, General Imaging

Keeping your healthcare facility’s equipment up-to-date is necessary to provide quality treatment and service to your patients. However, you won’t always have to dispose of your older units when you’re ready for an upgrade. For example, your imaging equipment can potentially service other institutions if it’s still in relatively good condition.


Upgrading your medical imaging equipment

Upgrading your equipment isn’t uncommon, regardless of what industry you’re in. Besides providing modern features that old models don’t have, you’ll also generally benefit from energy efficiency and faster processing. For medical imaging equipment like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scanners, ensuring that they’re providing quality results is a priority. The more efficient your scanning results are, the better you can service your clients with accurate test results.

Before you switch to a newer model, you’ll first need to consider what to do with your older imaging equipment. You may need to handle it differently, depending on how you’re planning to upgrade.

If you’re planning to dispose of your imaging equipment, here are three factors you should first consider:


1. Reason for upgrading

It’s necessary to identify your reason for upgrading to understand how you should dispose of your older unit. For example, selling your medical imaging equipment due to system damage will require minor or extensive repairs. If it’s irreparable, the only course of action you’ll take is to strip its parts to sell for scrap. However, you may end up buying a new unit even if your medical imaging equipment is still working well. This allows the next owner to benefit from its pre-existing service warranties.


2. Potential disposal methods

Not all medical tools are safe for reuse due to sanitary or performance reasons. For imaging equipment, you may consider donating older units if they are still in relatively decent condition. If you’re handling several medical facilities, you can redeploy it to another that doesn’t have one. Try to reach out to partner institutions if they’re willing to take from you for a price. You may also donate it to other healthcare organizations that don’t have the budget to buy a brand-new unit.

Remember to assess if the imaging equipment you’re giving away is still in working order. Selling or donating a defective unit can be damaging to you and your brand. Consult with a technician to see if your unit is still repair-worthy or if your only choice is to strip its parts for sale. Don’t forget to pass on this assessment to its future owners.


3. Removal and installation dates

Keep in mind that upgrading your medical imaging equipment will require you to factor in its ingress and egress. For this reason, it’s necessary to be clear about how you want to dispose of your older unit before you plan the arrival of the new one.

Give a notice in advance to your staff and clients that your scanning tools will be unavailable for a time. Plot out the removal and installation dates to notify technicians and security to assist in the ingress and egress process.



Imaging equipment is an expensive and integral component of any healthcare facility. This is why it’s best to have a plan for its overall use, from installation to removal. Once you’re ready for an upgrade, ensure that you’re purchasing from a reliable supplier. Receiving quality equipment is a valuable investment that’ll be beneficial for your institution in the long run.

If you’re planning to upgrade your medical imaging equipment, our team of trained technicians can help. DirectMed Parts is a US-based repair company that offers a quality level of service and repairs compatible with your unit’s OEM. Contact our team today!


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