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Turning Used R/F Rooms into Refurbished R/F Rooms

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

May 6, 2013 4:58:00 PM

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RF Room Refurbishment StepsPurchasing a refurbished R/F room can be a big way to save money over the cost of buying a brand-new system. But, “refurbishment” is a term that can mean a number of things, depending on who is doing the refurbishing.

The following details the processes Block Imaging uses to return used R/F rooms to OEM specifications for image quality, cosmetic appearance, and overall performance.  

 

Table

The table process begins with disassembly. All the components are thoroughly cleaned and inspected for damage. Bearings, cables, connectors, and mechanical pieces are repaired or replaced as needed. The external parts are moved to our paint booth and refinished with OEM-quality paint products matched to OEM color schemes.


The table is then reassembled, a second inspection is performed on any reused parts as they are put back on the table and the table is thoroughly tested for operations per OEM specifications.

 

Wall Stand


The wall stand procedure is similar to the table procedure: disassembly, component cleaning/replacement, and fresh paint are all included on the front end. Post-painting procedures are similar as well from reassembly to full testing.

 

Overhead Tube Support

GE RF OTSBy now, you’re probably picking up on the pattern: diassemble, clean, inspect, paint, replace broken or worn parts as needed. It holds true for the tube hanger as well. In addition, each R/F room 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… that’s right: OEM specifications. 

Glassware

During the refurbishment process, extra care is taken with the X-ray tube. 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 would like to have brand-new glassware installed, a fresh x-ray tube can be provided upon request.

 

Spot Film Device/Image Intensifier

GR Spot Film and IIAfter disassembly, a thorough cleaning of all table-mounted components is performed to prevent image artifacts caused by dust and debris. Covers and handles are removed and sent to the paint booth.

 

During reassembly, bearings, cables, connectors, and mechanical pieces are repaired or replaced as needed. Controls are tested functionally and inspected cosmetically for repair or replacement.

 

 

Console

Computer components are thoroughly cleaned and inspected for damage. All ports and cables are checked for secure connection and repaired or replaced as needed. Diagnostics are run on all computer systems to ensure functionality and that no problems exist that could become evident post-installation. All buttons and switches are checked for proper operation as are all enabled software features.

Our refurbishment team is also careful to double-check each machine for HIPAA compliance with full removal of any existing patient data.

 

Cabinets

GE RF CabinetsThe covers are removed from these cabinets and taken to the booth for painting. After the painting is done, the cabinets are moved back to the staging bay where all electrical components undergo inspection, reseating, and, if needed, replacement.

 


When the cabinets are fully reassembled, they are connected to the rest of the system and the R/F room is tested as a whole. In this stage of the process calibrations are performed to set the system functions at or above the OEM-specified baseline for image quality and to comply with FDA-mandated regulations for X-ray dosage.

 

 

Ultimately, quality imaging equipment refurbishment happens with thoroughness and product expertise. Experienced engineers and a detail-oriented approach to both functionality and cosmetics ensure that you’re getting an outstanding refurbished R/F system.

If you’re in the market for a quality refurbished R/F room, we’re ready to help you find the best system for your needs.

 

 

Watch this video to see more of our refurbishment processes

 

Written by Jordan Batterbee

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Jordan Batterbee is the SEO Copywriter at Block Imaging. He loves to research, write, and help others get clear, concise, and (hopefully) fun answers to their medical imaging questions.

Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, X-Ray

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