Mobile imaging market looks back on an energized year

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Mobile imaging market looks back on an energized year

by John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | April 29, 2019
Mobile Imaging
From the April 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

A recently refurbished 23x GE mobile MR
from Absolute Medical Imaging.
Hoover also noted that some facilities choose mobile imaging services as a way to conserve physical space. This is common in congested metro areas where facilities are physically landlocked and do not have the space to expand. Also, he said, even in large, established facilities that have equipment spanning all modalities, there may be a waiting list of patients who cannot be seen within a reasonable amount of time.

The workstation and scanner on a
Total Image Concepts (TIC) mobile unit.
During these times of need, clients will rely on mobile imaging to assist in reducing the backlog. Additionally, facilities that are upgrading equipment or are experiencing maintenance issues may utilize a mobile service until regular service is restored.

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"In Florida, a recent hurricane leveled a women's center, and we were able to accredit one of its mobile coaches to the site, so they were able to continue offering mammography and DEXA for four months until their new building was completed," recalled Shafe with Assured Imaging. "We also provided disaster relief for a site in Oklahoma that flooded. The site was able to utilize one of our mobiles in their parking lot for eight months.”

In Washington state, the company used a smaller coach that would load onto the area island ferries. And in Arizona, on the other hand, the demand was for a larger coach to cover native American rural, remote reservations. In the end, added Shafe, mobile needs to be better than fixed sites to be valued by customers and patients.

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