We have conversations every day with people considering their first purchase of a refurbished nuclear camera. Every time, part of the conversation is the question, "What happens during nuclear camera refurbishment?" And it's an excellent question, because there are a number of sellers who offer refurbished systems, but not many who have an easy-to-find place with a detailed answer. Our aim in this article is to make that answer clear for anyone out to buy a refurbished nuclear camera.
Below is the process we use at Block Imaging to restore used nuclear camera systems to OEM specifications for image quality and performance:
Block Imaging's Nuclear Camera Refurbishment Process
To get a head start on a quality refurbished system, we first make sure we're beginning with a well-maintained used system. Before we bring a camera into our inventory for refurbishment, a field engineer inspects it where it is, confirms its functionality, and ensures that no major emerging issues are missed. For Siemens Symbia cameras, for example, the inspecting engineer performs peak and off-peak flood tests to rule out serious problems like hydration and measling.
Once the camera comes back to our headquarters, our mechanical team disassembles it and fully decontaminates the covers and components. Our crew is trained in bloodborne pathogen safety and uses OSHA-approved cleaning chemicals and techniques to disinfect the interior and exterior of the equipment.
Cosmetic Repair and Refurbishment
After decontamination, the camera is passed on to our paint shop. Here our cosmetic team, an experienced crew with years of industrial and automotive refinishing under their belts, inspects the system for cracks, dents, holes, or scrapes. These are mended and filled, blended back into a smooth surface, and returned to like-new appearance with color-matched, OEM-quality paints. New labels and logos are applied to give the system a factory-new finish.
During this process the mechanical movements of the camera are checked and worn or failing parts are repaired or replaced as needed. Bearings, cables, connectors, and other components related to mechanical function are evaluated for performance within manufacturer standards.
An inventory is taken to ensure all needed accessories, manuals, software, etc. are with the system. Missing items are replaced to provide the system with the full complement of materials.
Most used imaging systems have some underlying issues or wear and tear that require technical care. Our engineers test for these contingencies down to the component level. Replacements to boards, cables, power supplies, and whatever else are made as needed.
Once the engineers are finished with troubleshooting, calibrations begin. Alignment, system movements, tube performance, and detector performance are evaluated. The camera does not leave the staging bay until every internal system passes quality assurance/control tests without qualification.
In the final step, our engineers and our marketing team work together to document the camera's performance and movements in an unedited video. Extensive photos are also taken to fully depict the camera's condition after refurbishment.
When it comes down to it, the key ingredients in a quality nuclear camera refurbishment process are thoroughness and product expertise. Because our team uses documented, ISO-certified procedures, employs knowledgeable engineers, and takes extra time and care with cosmetic and mechanical concerns, you can rest assured that a nuclear camera that has "graduated" from our refurbishment process will look and function like new.
If you’re in the market for a quality refurbished nuclear camera from any of the major manufacturers, we can help you find one. Click on the banner below to send us a message, or call us directly at 517-668-8800 to learn more about molecular imaging equipment.