In the world of medical imaging, equipment once deemed advanced and top-of-the-line can change quickly grow obsolete and outdated. Imaging equipment, just like any other type of device, isn’t immune to breaking down and malfunctioning, either.
How do you know when is it time to replace your equipment? Here are 3 of the most telling signs that it’s time to invest in upgraded devices.
1. Your equipment is in constant need of repairs
Requesting repairs for your imaging devices is a normal, necessary, and responsible aspect of equipment upkeep. However, when your machine is out of commission more than it’s in use, you have a problem. It’s time to get new equipment.
Warranties provide another compelling reason to stay up-to-date on your equipment. Without a warranty, constant repairs can cost your practice a fortune and keep you from spending your money on the things your practice needs.
New imaging equipment often includes a warranty; our AmRad™ Medical FMT and DFMT Systems, for example, come with a five year warranty. That’s five years of putting your focus and energy into the care of your patients and practice, not repairs.
2. It’s out of date
Does your imaging equipment underperform compared to other imaging devices you’ve seen on the market? Does it look and feel outdated? If so, it may be time to get new imaging equipment.
Outmoded machines not only require constant and expensive maintenance, they also tend to run on older components. These components become harder and harder to acquire as time passes. Eventually, you may end up with a imaging “dinosaur” ‒ a device so old it’s becomes unfeasible to continue repairs ‒ that you’ll have to replace anyway.
3. It can’t keep up with demand
Not every device needs replacement because it’s too old or needs constant repairs. Sometimes, you may need to replace your device because it’s simply no longer effective enough to meet your needs. Most practitioners start with basic devices that can handle a small client load, but as their medical practice gets bigger, their basic imaging equipment can’t keep up with demand. In this case, the purchase of new equipment is simply the next practical step in growing a practice.
When this occurs, the equipment you’re replacing may be modern, fully functioning, and still have resale value. Selling modern machines for an upgrade may significantly reduce the costs you incur when purchasing your new equipment.
New Imaging Equipment through All Star X-ray
Is it time to replace your medical equipment? If the answer is yes (or even maybe), you are in luck. Section 179 of The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes act of 2015” (the PATH act), which grants businesses up to a $500,000 tax deduction, has been extended to remain in place for all 2017. For more information on how this extension could affect the purchase of your new imaging equipment, visit the official section 179 site.
There’s never been a better time to replace or upgrade your imaging equipment. For more information on the new high-quality and long-lasting imaging equipment All Star X-ray has to offer, contact us today.