Before buying a used ultrasound machine, there are a number of key questions to ask the supplier. Here are five of the most pertinent.
1. Will the Ultrasound Machine Suit Your Purpose?
The kind of ultrasound machine chosen will depend upon which are best suited to your purposes e.g. obstetrics and gynaecology? Or veterinary medicine? Ask the supplier about specific patient requirements – e.g. deep vein thrombosis and other vascular and cardiac ultrasound, stress echo, paediatrics, peripherally inserted central catheter lines, etc?
2. Can the Right Ultrasound Machine be Supplied Within Your Budget?
Depending on the sophistication and number of features required, an ultrasound machine can range in price from around $3,000 to over $75,000. It’s advisable to present the prospective supplier with a price range. A good supplier should have a variety of options within this price range.
3. Which Manufacturers can be Supplied?
Even if you have a preference, such as ATL or Siemens, it’s wise to ask about other manufacturers, too. Narrow the options by specifying system preferences by all means, but don’t close down on alternative manufacturers. Suppliers can often advise on new technological innovations relevant to requirements, as well as pointing to a manufacturer supplying more for less money. Let the supplier know which features you most admire in a model; these might include the ergonomic design, the image quality or service records. Another similarly-priced unit can sometimes be found which meets these preferences, or even exceeds them.
4. Ask About Leasing Options or Trade-Ins
If you have an old system that you’re replacing, you may be able to trade it in and reduce costs. Similarly, if it isn’t an especially convenient moment to find the initial capital for a new machine, ask about low-cost leasing options.
5. Ask About DICOM vs. DIGITAL Systems
Suppliers can often advise which system best suits your specific purposes.