As you work with a provider to arrange your mobile CT rental, site readiness should (hopefully) be a significant part of your conversation. Getting a mobile system up and running on your grounds isn't a "plug-and-play" kind of proposition. There are a handful of things that need to be in place to accommodate the equipment that will be delivered to your doorstep.
If your provider hasn't answered all your questions about what a mobile-ready site looks like, we're here to clear things up with a short list of requirements. Take a look at the steps below to make sure you have the proper position, personnel, power, and more for a successful mobile CT hook up.
Surface and Space
The surface that you intend to park the trailer on needs to be as flat as possible and solid enough to support the trailer's weight so that it can be leveled. A CT trailer can even experience some sinking on a surface as solid as asphalt (see pic at right), especially during the heat of the summer months. Concrete is your best bet.
You should review the clearance between the trailer and your building(s). Will the trailer have room to extend any pop-outs or awnings? Will there be room for ramps? Try pretending you are a patient and walk through their experience accessing the mobile CT trailer. If you need to reconsider your location, the sooner you know- the better.
Being able to push images to PACS will be a must for the mobile trailer. You'll need to discuss the project in advance with your IT department to set expectations. There will likely be some protocols that need to be adjusted in order to smooth out the trailer's communication with your network. An IT team member should be scheduled for the day your trailer arrives to make the connection.
A mobile CT will require 3-phase power. In terms of voltage, each trailer's needs are a little different so be sure to check in with your provider to see what those requirements will be. Often, a specific connector (Russellstoll is the predominant manufacturer) is required along with a 40-foot power cable. Coordinating to have an electrician on call to change out the plug (if needed) can be a wise precaution.
Just like a regular CT, your mobile trailer will require consumables. Take a moment to consider what injector syringes, dyes, printer files, etc. will be needed. If you need an ER gurney, be certain you will have one free.
Each state has different regulations for mobile CT trailers. A trailer from a reputable provider will come with verification/documentation of its home state’s inspection. Inquire at your state's department of health to determine if they practice reciprocity and will accept these documents. If you work in one of the states that require a certificate of need (CON), there may be some additional application and documentation that you will have to take care of via state channels. If you aren’t yet familiar with your state’s laws, the very best thing you can do is ask a lot of questions up front.
When it comes to getting your facility ready for a mobile CT trailer, there are two "nutshell" takeaways that should guide the process:
1. Plan early- If you can, start planning the day you sign your rental agreement. The more time you have, the more potential issues you can avoid.
2. Communicate often- Your provider, your IT department, your state; drop a line periodically to anyone who has a hand in making your project work. When everyone is clear on their part in the plan, it goes much more smoothly.
If your rental isn't in the works yet, we'd love to talk with you about your project. You can let us know what you need by clicking the button below and filling out our quick and easy rental request form.
Written by Josh Block
Josh Block is the President of Block Imaging. He is also a husband, father of two, triathlete and self-proclaimed waffle chef. Josh strives to live out his passion for people by investing in and aligning the Block Imaging team to deliver a noteworthy customer experience and impact lives around the world through providing outstanding refurbished equipment, service and parts.