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The Best Mobile MRI for Long-Term Rental

Posted by Zack Mitchell

Mar 27, 2019 10:50:00 AM

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Best-Long-Term-MRI-RentalIn an earlier post, we shared the most important questions to ask when selecting an interim mobile MRI to cover for downtime or during a change-out of scanners. But when your "interim" is longer than most (or indefinite), choosing the right mobile MRI system isn’t driven as much by the make/model of the system being replaced or the inbound equipment being installed. In these long-term scenarios, the decision takes on more nuance. Regardless of the reason for deploying a mobile for a stint longer than 6 months, the following are our recommendations by category.

Optimal Versatility

Siemens Espree

Equipped with a 70-cm bore diameter and Total Imaging Matrix (TIM) technology, the Siemens Espree is one of the most versatile systems in the mobile MR category. If your long-term mobile needs comprise a range of scan types (and patient types), the Espree can meet them for the duration of your rental.

Some patients already struggle with feelings of confinement in a traditional imaging room. This "closed in" feeling can sometimes be increased by the necessarily smaller dimensions of a mobile coach. The larger, 70-cm bore of the Espree provides additional comfort that can be the difference between completing a successful patient scan or needing to reschedule/relocate to another center. 

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Bread-and-Butter Scanning

Siemens Symphony or GE LX 9.1

In scenarios where patient volume is relatively low or the budget is a bit tighter, the Siemens Symphony and GE LX 9.1 are great options to consider. Both cost under $20,000 per month for longer-term rentals. These two units are reliable, workhorse candidates for what’s commonly referred to as "bread-and-butter" scanning. If you plan to serve a handful of patients each day without high specialization, either of these could be a solid choice.

The Takeaway

There are a host of technical factors that are also important in selecting the right mobile unit, from image quality to throughput targets, mobile layout, or coil configuration. When it comes to matching a system to a facility's clinical needs and budgetary constraints however, overall qualities like versatility and reliability come to the fore. The systems recommended here fit those descriptors to a T.

We hope this information has been helpful. Our team would consider it a privilege to dive into your specific project goals to make recommendations and discuss how we can support. 

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Written by Zack Mitchell

author of blog post

Zack Mitchell is VP of Block Mobile Imaging. His hope is that, by serving imaging facilities as they begin or transition, he can be a part of creating momentum toward incredible healthcare. Out of the office, Zack enjoys time with his wife and sons, mowing the lawn, and supporting Chicago Cubs baseball.

Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Rental, Mobile Imaging Equipment

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