Planning For A Mobile CT Lease

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Many customers who come to us for an interim CT lease do not have the necessary site requirements to park or run mobile units. It is unfortunate that when a hospital is designed, a proper pad and power for mobile units is not always in the plans. We consistently find a way to make it work.

Power is the biggest issue that can cause nightmare situations; if not preplanned and built to specs. Without proper power a generator must be rented locally and ran 24/7 to keep the unit ready for operation. Generators emit fumes and noise while running. This can disturb patients or nearby homes. The cost of gas for around the clock operation can wreak havoc on any budget. If you run out of gas everything comes to a halt. Patients are not getting treated and the OEM may have to come onsite to make sure the sudden power dropout did not damage the unit. One of our sites running on generator recently called us when the generator quit running and a patient was on the trailer. We talked them through manually opening the rollup door and running the patient lift on battery power to get the patient safely out of the mobile.

The next issue hospitals face is location. Where do you park a fifty foot semi-truck trailer so that patients and staff can access it easily and power can be connected? The ideal pad is a cement one with a slight slope for drainage. We have successfully parked on broken asphalt and even dirt, but the trailers level can go off as the unit settles into the soft surface.

So now that I have told you the nightmares let me tell you about my dream site. We recently rented to a site that had a cement pad with power available right at the side of the pad. The patient access was designed so that they came out directly adjacent to the mobiles lift. Then the coup de grace! The building was U shaped around the pad so the wind did not buffet the unit or patients coming out to it. The only thing that I could dream of to make this the ultimate design would be an A frame roof covering the pad to keep out rain and snow.

What can I say I dream of unusual things?

Our Newest GE Mobile CT Unit

GE Lightspeed CT

Catalina Imaging delivers state-of-the-art and comfortable mobile CT scanners to you.

This GE VCT 64 slice system and trailer come complete with:

  • Full OEM service on the CT and Injector
  • ASiR software for a leap ahead in dose management
  • Low Dose Lung Screening with built-in protocols
  • Custom lighting in gantry and control rooms
  • A superb sound system with Bluetooth capabilities
  • Beautiful full-length wall mural to help your patients relax


Learn more about our GE mobile Ct scanners.

Renting A Mobile CT Scanner From Catalina Imaging

GE Lightspeed VCT 64 Machine

Planning Your CT Rental

First and foremost is planning. Although we’d love to be able to provide a unit at a moment’s notice, unlike a car rental company, a mobile CT scanner is a very specialized device that requires extensive logistics to move from site to site. The further in advance you plan your CT rental the better.

Our schedule, like most mobile providers, can get filled months in advance. Once the availability is established, verification of the site suitability should be reviewed. This is one area of expertise that Catalina Imaging is highly experienced. You will be working with an experienced CT engineer that can answer in depth questions regarding electrical requirements, trucking, and siting issues.

When you call with your dates and unit requirements we will provide a quote for your review and approval. This will not lock in the rental, it is only a quote. Once we receive your approval, the next step is to create an agreement to secure your unit.

The agreement secures both parties with pricing and timeframe and will be sent for your approval. After your approval we sign it and send you a copy via email. We are now all set for your mobile CT lease.

What to Expect When Your Mobile Imaging Trailer Arrives

As the delivery date arrives, we often arrive a day or two early (at no extra charge) to fully test the unit and fix any issues that may have come up during transport.

The truck driver will put the unit in your specified location, set the trailer up and connect it to power. An engineer from the OEM (original equipment Manufacturer) will come to assist your IT personnel with networking the CT to interface at your site. If you are renting a unit identical to your in-house CT, the OEM engineer may even be able to load your existing protocols (software revision dependent). This will make the transition for your techs seamless.

Ongoing Maintenance

If any issues with the trailer come up during the rental they will be handled by Catalina Imaging in the fastest manner possible. If any issues with the CT scanner arrise they will be handled by the OEM. All of Catalina Imaging’s units are under full service contracts with the OEM. This ensures you get the the fastest repair and best uptime.

End of The Lease

The OEM engineer will schedule with your facility to prep the unit for removal. Your staff will be responsible to remove all patient data. Lastly, you’ll remove all of your items from the unit and perform a final cleaning. A driver will arrive to disconnect the unit from power and pull it from your site.

As a leading mobile CT company, we take pride in our knowledge and even more pride in our customer service. If you have any questions about leasing a unit for your hospital, please don’t hesitate to contact us.