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Good planning — especially during a pandemic — is key in mobile imaging projects

by John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | June 08, 2020
Mobile Imaging
From the May 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

They see a keen interest in their portable solid-state gamma camera (Ergo) for nuclear medicine tests to expand their X-ray and ultrasound mobile services. Facilities are using mobile imaging units to keep patients in their vehicles until the technologist is ready to perform the exam. The tech can complete registration on the mobile unit, and then perform the scan to keep the patient out of the healthcare facility side to limit any potential COVID-19 exposure.

Hoover said that in a pandemic, normal lead planning time is not feasible.

“There are many patients that need their imaging needs addressed as soon as possible,” said Hoover. “While the focus has historically been on portable X-ray and ultrasound, we need to make sure that we are leveraging all portable modalities for COVID-19 patients. The more we can do to take the radiology department to the patient from an infection control standpoint, the better off we will be.”

Koers with Modular Devices also reported that the pandemic is rapidly changing priorities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on our standard business because hospitals and health care facilities have shifted their focus away from lab upgrade projects and expansions,” he said. “Projects that we had scheduled for installation in the spring have now been put off or delayed until further notice.”

However, he added that hospitals are calling to check on mobile cath units for use in outpatient-based labs. The plan is to offer cardiac imaging at off-site hospital locations, as well as placement at temporary field hospitals.

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