R/F refurbishment is one of our specialties at Block Imaging. Our X-ray engineers have been doing this type of work for a long time and have become virtual wizards in the ways of the Advantx, the Precision 500D, the Easy Diagnost, and many other R/F models.
As we’ve sold the systems our team has refurbished, the buyer almost always asks at some point, “What happens during an R/F room refurbishment?” So finally, after being asked so frequently, we decided to present the answer to you in writing!
Read on as we pull the lead curtain back and show you the R/F refurbishment process component-by-component.
The table is disassembled completely to the bare frame assembly. During this process, our engineers clean all pieces and inspect them for damage. Bearings, cables, connectors, and mechanical pieces are repaired or replaced as needed. After disassembly, the frame and external parts are moved to our paint booth and refinished with OEM-quality, color-matched paint products.
After painting, reassembly begins. A second inspection is performed on any reused parts as they are put back on the table. When the last components are re-installed, the table is thoroughly tested for operations in conformance with OEM specifications.
Spot Film Device:
As with the table, the spot film device is disassembled, cleaned, and inspected prior to refinishing. Once the new finish has been applied, any worn or damaged buttons, bumpers, or handles are replaced to restore the appearance and clear labeling of the controls.
The spot unit is then reattached to the table side and tested to OEM specifications.
Overhead Tube Hanger:
By now, you’re probably picking up on the pattern: diassemble, clean, inspect, paint, replace broken or worn parts. In addition to all of those same steps, each R/F room's tube hanger receives replacement high voltage cables.
After all that, the tube hanger is elevated and installed on a custom ceiling rail system to simulate the way the R/F system will be installed at an imaging site. Under these simulated conditions, the tube hanger is tested to… you guessed it: OEM specifications.
During tube hanger refurbishment the high voltage ports are cleaned and regreased, and the oil in the tube is changed. It is then tested for image noise, arcing, and correct power. If a customer desires new glassware installed, a fresh x-ray tube can be provided upon request.
Disassembled, cleaned, inspected, painted, broken or worn parts replaced as needed, and reassembled. After reassembly the chest stand is mounted to the wall of the staging bay and tested thoroughly.
The covers are removed from these cabinets for painting. The cabinets are then moved to the staging bay where all electrical components undergo inspection, reseating, and, if needed, replacement.
When the cabinets are fully reassembled, the system is complete and the R/F room is tested as a whole. In this stage of the process calibrations are performed to set the system functions to meet or exceed OEM specifications for image quality and to comply with FDA-mandated regulations for x-ray dosage.
See More of the Process in this Video Clip
Essentially, the keys to a quality R/F room refurbishment process are the same as a quality refurbishment process for any product: thoroughness and product expertise. With knowledgeable engineers who pay attention to the small details of each component’s function and professional painters who don’t cut cosmetic corners, you can be sure that you’re getting an outstanding R/F system.
If you’re in the market for a quality refurbished R/F unit, we can help you find one. Contact us to learn more about R/F equipment or get a quote