Imaging devices are not only complex medical machines, they are also valuable investments. So when we ask if your imaging equipment will “go the distance,” we’re not asking if your machines are working right now, but whether the investment you made in them will pan out in the long run.
Imaging equipment are both expensive and delicate, and for that reason, you want them to last for a very long time. There are several factors that can help you determine whether you chose your devices wisely or need to make a few proactive equipment changes, instead.
Reliability for the future
First and foremost, the imaging equipment you own must perform flawlessly. Your patients and employees alike depend upon the accuracy and functionality of the machine. If your machine begins to malfunction, even if it’s just from time to time, then there’s no doubt that the machine is a poor investment and needs replacing.
Unfortunately, many practitioners try to save money by purchasing the cheapest imaging machines available on the market. These same people actually wind up paying more over time, as they have to constantly replace their failing imaging equipment.
That’s not to say that you should purchase the most expensive equipment out there. Remember, paying the most doesn’t mean you’ve got the best – it just means you’ve spent more money. Instead, shop around for quality equipment at the right price.
It’s never too late to invest in your equipment, and there’s no better time to invest than before the end of the year. 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 the rest of 2017. For more information on how this extension could affect the purchase of your new imaging equipment, visit the official section 179 site.
The need for modern features
One of the biggest tells of imaging equipment that will “go the distance” is the quality and modernity of the features listed for device. It’s a lot like purchasing car – a classic muscle car loaded with features and maintained regularly can still fetch a pretty penny when resold. However, a clunker or lemon that was cheap and broken to begin certainly won’t be worth much at all when it’s up for sale again.
Aside from resale value, machines with lots of features then to remain useful for longer. Technology may constantly change, but you can future-proof yourself by making a conscientious purchase of imaging equipment that offers cutting-edge features.
To that end, there is a large market for selling old imaging devices. Quality devices can be refurbished and resold, and will meet the needs of practices with less money to spend on equipment. In short, investing in a reliable machine now will pay off later.
Is your equipment going the distance?
If you read through the blog and at any point thought to yourself “uh oh,” then it’s time to consider purchasing new equipment. Luckily, All Star X-ray has your back. We have all kinds of quality equipment that will meet your needs, go the distance, and be invaluable many years in the future.
If you’d like to learn more about our services and how they can benefit you, reach out to us.