So - whether your medical imaging team is upgrading its equipment, shifting the focus of its services, or (sadly) moving on to other endeavors altogether, the time has come for you to sell your nuclear camera. Now, since selling a nuclear camera isn't something most people do every day, you're wondering what it looks like to get one of these things out of your building. Frankly, because every building comes with its own unique features and challenges, we're wondering the same thing. This is precisely why before every removal, we conduct a thorough inspection of your site and your system.
To help you anticipate what will be going on before and during your nuclear camera's fond farewell, we've outlined how we handle nuclear camera inspection and removal below.
The intent of the inspection is to ensure the system is in good working order and to evaluate its overall condition. This process usually takes between 90 minutes and two hours. Everything that will happen can be subdivided into two categories:
What You Do (Before Inspection)
• If possible, reschedule any patients whose appointments coincide with the time of the inspection. This will save time and awkwardness for all parties.
• Collect all your manuals, software discs, and/or peripheral items of the system and put them in an accessible place.
• Make sure nuclear sources are available. The engineer will need them to test the system's functionality.
What the Engineer Does (During Inspection)
• Check for full range of table motion (up and down, in and out of the gantry, rotation)
• Check for full range of detector motion (home, L, and H positions)
• Verify the software level and ensure all of the software discs and manuals are with the system
• Verify that the collimators listed on the purchase agreement and the collimator cart are with system
• Verify the QC and QA reports on the system
• Take pictures of everything with the system: collimators, software discs, manuals, collimator cart, system pictures from multiple angles, system in various positions
• Document the intended path for system removal (photos, measurements, notes for special considerations)
As we mentioned earlier, each building is a little unique, but taking stock of the the exit path during the installation allows the removal crew to anticipate the environment and account for any challenges that may be present.
Just like the inspection process, deinstallation and removal can be subdivided into two categories:
What You Do (Before Removal)
• Ensure the room is clear of anything that doesn't go with the system. Furniture you intend to keep, tools, supplies, etc. all need to go. We don't want to take anything by accident.
• Schedule an electrician to be available to disconnect the system from power on the day of the removal. While the power will need to be on for the removal technicians to test the unit's functionality and position it for safe transport, after the inspection is completed, it needs to be disconnected safely by a professional.
• If you have particular needs relative to times and dates that are preferred or "off limits", let us know so that we can do our best to accommodate. Our removal teams typically arrive first thing in the morning to begin inspection.
What the Engineer Does (During Removal)
• Take inventory to ensure all of the equipment on the inspection report is in the room. Once again, to avoid any confusion, it is best to remove anything not going with the equipment from the room.
• Disconnect the computer equipment.
• Wrap each component (PC tower, monitor, keyboard, etc.) in bubble wrap.
• Package all components into boxes for safe transport.
• Disconnect all cables from the system, remove them from the floor troughs, and safely wrap them for trasport.
• Safely remove the detectors and package them in specialized boxes (provided by the deinstall engineers).
• Disconnect the table from its floor mount.
• Remove the metal track on the floor used to rotate the table.
• Attach the gantry to custom dollies for easy transport.
• Ensure all software discs and manuals are packaged together.
• Secure and package all collimators and the collimator cart.
• As items are safely packaged and ready for transport, the engineers will help the riggers (large, burly men and women with an uncanny understanding of leverage and weight distribution) load the equipment on a truck.
• All the while, the engineer will be treating the removal like a celebrity on a red carpet, taking pictures to document the process.
• The last thing the engineers will do is remove all trash and debris created during this process and sweep the room to leave it clean.
Your removal process won't look exactly like the next guy's, but general preparations and some well-informed foresight will help things move efficiently and without costly delays. You can contact us if you have other questions about the removal process or you can check out our other free resources for more information. If selling your nuclear camera is going to be followed by selecting and purchasing your next system, we can help with that too.