Driving the Costs Out of Probe Repairs

By Robert C. Broschart

There are approximately 600,000 ultrasound probes in service in the United States alone, and fewer than 25% of those probes are properly tested or repaired.  That means that patients are unnecessarily put at risk every day.  It has been shown that about one out of every four probes in clinical use has some type of physical defect or performance problem needing to be resolved.  If those defects are discovered early enough, 75% of the defective probes can be repaired.  And repairing a probe, rather than replacing it, can result in cost savings versus replacement of as much as 60% to 70%.

Four Keys to Lowering Costs

The key to controlling the cost of probe repairs is early detection by regularly inspecting your probes and resolving the problems as soon as they are found. Here are some proactive measures you can take to ensure that your probes are operating at optimal performance.

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Published on Friday, September 20, 2013 – 24×7 Magazine Seervice Solutions