When the time comes to bring in a new imaging system, swap out an old one, or sell one to clear out some space, some of the first questions that come to mind are, "Which system should I buy?" "How do I need to remodel for a new system?" or "How much will my next system cost?" These are all important questions that absolutely need to be addressed but, in our experience, a better question to answer first is: "Who's going to help me with my imaging equipment project?"
Choosing the right kind of vendor to work with is foundational to a strong project, especially as you navigate the "beefier" equipment like CT, MRI, PET/CT, and cath labs. Depending on your budget and what level of risk and responsibility your facility is willing to take on, there are several main vendor types to choose from. To help you choose, we've put together the following list of vendor types, along with a few areas where each one shines.