X-ray machines revolutionized the medical world by allowing doctors to see inside the human body to make an accurate diagnosis and plan treatment. Today, x-ray machines are relatively commonplace and found in clinics, hospitals, dental offices, veterinary clinics, and airports. X-ray machines are incredibly useful, so the inconvenience of a malfunctioning machine can halt business. To help you keep your x-ray machine performing at its peak and reduce the amount of downtime it experiences, we will discuss some x-ray service and repair options that you should be aware of.
X-Ray Machine Installation and Performance Evaluation
When you get a new x-ray machine or you swap out an existing one, or you need to move your x-ray machine, it is a good idea to have the de-installation and installation done by professionals. X-ray machines and medical imaging equipment are fairly durable machines but are fragile in the sense that any mistreatment could cause problems with the images they produce. Once the machine is installed, you are required to calibrate it and have a pre-use inspection. Most medical imaging service companies will offer an audit and performance evaluation.
Medical Imaging Machine Routine Care
As with all machines, they are only as good as the people who operate them. While this saying refers to the images produced by the radiology tech and the interpretations of the radiologist, it is completely applicable to the care of the machine and the amount of downtime it experiences. Some mechanical failures are anomalies that could not be prevented by the people charged with the care and performance of the machine, but a majority of issues can either be prevented or intervened on before they cause downtime. At the user level, routine care and maintenance of the x-ray machine should include regular cleaning and proper use of the machine. Never use the x-ray machine to hang items from or as a shelf. If your x-ray machine alerts you of errors or the need for an update, do not ignore these requests. If the machine is acting oddly in any way, be sure to call to have the issue diagnosed.
X-Ray Machine Preventative Maintenance
Periodic preventive maintenance conducted by specialists is highly encouraged to keep your machine running efficiently for years. Preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid downtime and mitigate safety hazards with your machine. Routine preventative maintenance for an x-ray machine generally includes a thorough cleaning, electrical and mechanical adjustments, generator calibration, radiation level testing, and inspection of timer, collimator, and tube. Preventative maintenance should be conducted at a minimum, annually. Most medical imaging service companies will offer preventative maintenance contracts that will allow you to easily keep up with the routine service that is required and offer you an avenue for discounts on emergency or unexpected service or repair.
X-Ray Machine Corrective Service
When your x-ray machine begins to malfunction, in any way, it is important to have it serviced immediately. A poorly performing x-ray machine is a huge safety risk to both your staff and your patients. Not only can poor image quality cause a misdiagnosis, a malfunctioning x-ray machine can leak excessive amounts of radiation, which can be dangerous. Fortunately, with some simple repairs, your machine can likely make a full recovery and be up and running in no time.
For the most part, x-ray machines are low maintenance and only require the care that any other machine calls for and periodic software updates. At Bravo Imaging, we are a not only a medical imaging machine sales company, we are also a full-service maintenance and repair company. Contact us for all of your x-ray and medical imaging device needs.