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Bone Densitometer Removal: How to Prepare, What to Expect

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If you’ve decided to retire your bone density system, there's a good chance you can offset the cost of your next system by selling the current one to another facility, a parts supplier, or a broker. While finding the right buyer is a very important step, it certainly isn't the last. You will also need to find a vendor to perform the removal of the system from your facility and make some preparations that will save time and frustration as your bone densitometer moves on to its new home. 

Note: Some of the steps below refer to how bone dense evaluation and removal are handled by Block Imaging. Specific procedures may differ from vendor to vendor, but each point below is a best practice for a smooth and efficient removal.

Document Your Space

Send the project manager (PM) photos of your space and the route from the room to the loading dock or door. Take particular care to get shots of any tight turns or unusual transitions between corridors.

Measure the width of all doorways between the exam room and the point of exit. If the width of your doorways is less than 36”, be sure to notify the PM in advance. Navigating narrow doorways or tight corners is doable, but requires some additional preparation, or even disassembly, on the part of the removal crew.

If the unit is not on the ground floor, measure the door size and depth of the elevator. If the elevator is not available or is not large enough, removal will require some additional preparation. If a system got into a room, it can get out. The question becomes how far it needs to be disassembled.

Take Inventory

This step is best completed before you even begin looking for a buyer. If you haven't already, take inventory of everything that is meant to go along with your system. This will include >phantoms, positioning pads, workstation peripherals, manuals, and software. Gather these items and have them in a box, waiting with the system. If your buyer intends to use the system or resell it, they will need all the accessories.

Ensure the room is clear and ready for removal. We include this step as part of inventory because, if an item isn't part of your system inventory, it shouldn't be in the room when the removal crew gets there. This keeps the path clear and ensures that things you want to keep aren't taken by mistake.

Know the Plan

At Block Imaging, our goal is to perform each removal with as little impact as possible on your team’s ability to care for patients. >In keeping with that, we've found it helpful for everyone to be on the same page about what the removal process looks like. 

Technicians typically arrive in the morning to begin evaluation. They will test and inspect the system to ensure it is passing QA/QC and functioning at the level described in its sales listing. They will also take inventory to ensure that the accessories are all present. This process typically takes less than an hour.

Pending a successful confirmation of the system's condition and receipt of payment, deinstallation begins by mid-late morning. This step involves disassembly, the installation of shipping brackets, packing accessories, and navigating the exit path. Deinstallation takes 2-3 hours and, aside from navigation, can all be done behind closed doors with minimal noise.

Once the equipment is navigated out of the building, the unit is usually loaded onto the truck in the early-mid afternoon. If your site has particular needs, such as loading during a certain time window or day(s) that work better, please let the PM know so they can do their best to accommodate.

The Takeaway 

The specifics of removal will vary from unit to unit, but preparing beforehand and knowing what to expect on the day of your bone densitometer removal will help the process along and avoid delays that might increase costs.

Whether you're in the process of selling your mammo or searching the preowned/refurbished market for your next solution, we have experts ready to help at each step of the way. Contact us with your questions or check out our other free resources for more information.

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