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Finding the 'Right' Serial Tag on Your Medical Imaging Equipment

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If you’re hoping to sell a piece of medical imaging equipment you’ll need to gather a LOT of information about it. One of the most important things you’ll need is the system’s serial number. This might seem like a no-brainer but, once you actually go to take a shot of the serial tag, you might find that your system has many more stickers and serial numbers on it than you thought. So, which one is the “right” one? 

The System Serial Number

The best tip for finding the system serial number is to look on the largest piece of the system. For example, a CT serial tag is usually on the gantry while an X-ray tag is usually on the table. It will probably be on the back, near the floor, and will almost always have all three of the following:

  • Date of manufacture
  • System name
  • Serial number

Major Component Serial Numbers

Among the other stickers you’ll see all over your machine (safety decals, CFR tags, power specs, patents, etc.) will be serial tags for the major components. In many cases, this information can be almost as valuable as the system serial number. Component serial tags can let a buyer know if anything has been replaced, which features a unit has, or even which software revision is installed on it.

Three tell-tale signs that you’re looking at a component tag and NOT the system tag: 1) The description is the name of a component and not the system. 2) The tag wasn’t visible before removing a cover. 3) The tag bears the name of a secondary manufacturer.

Depending on the modality you want to sell, different tags will be important. Here are some of the most commonly requested:

  • X-ray tubesMammo Tube Label 2
  • Digital detectors
  • Console computers
  • Collimators
  • Image intensifiers
  • High voltage tanks
  • RF amplifiers
  • MRI coils

The Big Picture

Ultimately, the best solution is to photograph all the tags and to label the photos carefully. Making it easy to learn about your machine can be a selling point of its own. Think of it this way: are you more likely to call on a “2008 Toyota Camry LE with manual transmission, leather seats, and a 6-disc CD changer” or a “4-door sedan that’s about 5 years old”?

If you’d like to learn some other best practices to help sell your medical imaging equipment, feel free to contact us or download our free selling guide. We’re ready to help you get a better price and a smoother transaction.

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