If you’re reading this article, it’s likely someone recommended you research a used or refurbished GE Senographe 2000D digital mammography system as a possible replacement for your analog mammo. That’s a great recommendation and, while GE is a leading brand, there are still some key inquiries that should be raised for a successful purchase.
The following are four questions that will help you avoid confusion and conflict with users and administrators as well as keep you out of a “leaky” digital mammography deal.
Question 1: Am I dealing with a reputable mammography equipment vendor?
Here in the information age, you can find a GE digital mammography unit just about anywhere on the internet. Ebay, CraigsList, auction sites, and brokers who sell everything from endoscopes to MRIs are selling GE full field digital mammography (FFDM) units. You want to be confident that the seller you are working with is well-versed in GE digital mammography before you buy.
Can your prospective seller offer references? Will the seller be able to deliver the system within the timeframe that you need? Can you expect service after the sale? These are all sub-questions that will help you answer the bigger question: Are you dealing with a reputable seller?
Question 2: What GE mammography systems are currently available?>
If you are looking for a quote for a GE system strictly for budgetary purposes, a knowledgeable seller can provide some ballpark numbers. When purchasing a used or refurbished GE 2000D, much depends on what system is available when you’re ready to pull the trigger. If your room and your financing are ready when you’re ready to buy, you’ll have a better chance of putting your name on an exact system. When your timing is more near-term (30-60 days), you’ll have a more accurate picture of which units your seller has available.
*Note: another clue you're working with a reputable seller is an inventory list you can see up front. See ours here: GE Digital Senographe 2000D Mammography
Question 3: Has the system been thoroughly checked/tested?
You certainly want to be confident that the system you are looking to purchase is complete and fully functional. Before Block Imaging purchases any digital mammography system, our engineers thoroughly inspect it for completeness and run it through a battery of tests to ensure it is functioning at OEM specification. This includes a comprehensive testing of the detector—the most expensive component on the system. Ask your seller for verification that testing has been performed on any system you’re considering.
Question 4: Does your mammography vendor provide a “turnkey” solution?
Locating a reliable seller and pinpointing a specific system that has been properly tested will certainly get you off on the right foot, but many buyers are looking for the “no-fuss, no-muss” turnkey solution that doesn’t leave them to be the project manager. It’s been said that the devil is in the details, and a top-notch imaging equipment provider will have a sales associate and project manager who will address these and see that nothing is overlooked in your project. Here are a few areas that require consideration:
- Room readiness/site planning handled in advance
- Warranty/service options (first scan, parts only, full service)
- Project coordination with IT, PACS providers, biomed/engineering
- Addition of CAD and RWS options
It’s no surprise that purchasing agents are being asked to do more with less, and at the same time not cut any corners when it comes to quality and details. Asking the right questions about your vendor, their inventory, and what your project will look like is critical to ensuring that your deal is a success story.
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