News | November 01, 2010

Importance of Refurbished Equipment to be Highlighted at ASTRO

November 1, 2010 – As the world’s population continues to age, refurbished radiation therapy equipment will become more important. Radiology Oncology Systems (R.O.S.) will demonstrate the importance of refurbished equipment at the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology (ASTRO) conference in San Diego, Calif.

Four groups of customers are now considering refurbished equipment more often. Hospitals often need secondary or back-up equipment to treat growing patient volumes, both at their main hospitals and at satellite clinics. Independent clinics may seek to establish lower-cost facilities, such as those with low patient volumes or those in remote areas. Also, radiation therapy clinic networks may relocate equipment frequently and require a mix of new and refurbished equipment. Finally, in many cases, international customers require refurbished solutions to make opening their centers feasible.

“Years ago, only smaller, independent clinics sought refurbished radiation therapy equipment, namely linear accelerators, CT simulators and brachytherapy units,” said Michael Teague, director of U.S. sales. “But today, we see a lot more demand from hospitals and networks. Having a refurbished machine doesn’t mean you have an inferior product, since virtually every machine in use today is considered ‘used’ after the first patient is treated.”

For more information: www.oncologysystems.com

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