Mobile CT Rental: How to Prepare Your Site

Mobile CT Trailer Schematics

If your medical facility decides to Rent a Mobile CT Scanner, you must prepare your facility for this service based on the site planning and regulatory requirements. If your provider has not explained the guidelines for site preparation, read the guidelines below.

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    Physical Site Requirements

    Most mobile CT scanner rentals use a trailer that is 8.5 feet wide, 48 feet long, and 13.5 feet tall, and weighs around 30 tons. With this in mind, make sure that your site can accommodate this size and weight.

    A good rule of thumb is to use asphalt to prep the ground for the trailer, which is similar to a concrete surface, although it can be installed at a lower cost. The goal is to create a level surface that can accommodate the weight of the CT mobile trailer.

    Power Requirements

    A mobile CT needs three-phase power. And when it comes to voltage, always check in with your provider because each trailer has specific requirements. But as of this writing, Russellstoll is the most common manufacturer of a connector used by trailers.

    Another thing to keep in mind: the electrical power source must be located within 300 feet of the main power source, and a lockout/tagout provision based on OSHA Standard 1910.147 should be met.

    IT Requirements

    The mobile CT scanner unit needs three telephone connections that include phone cords (included in the service), Hubbel all-weather telephone connection (you need to purchase and install this one), and 2 CAT5 data line connections with connection cables (included in the service).

    A good rule of thumb is to discuss the preparation in advance with your IT department to ensure that you have a reliable network connection outside of the main medical building. Additionally, an IT expert should arrive the same day as the mobile CT scanner to ensure that network protocols are set up correctly.

    Stock Consumables

    Just like a fixed CT scanner, mobile CT trailers need consumables such as dyes, injector syringes, printer files, among others. Also, make sure that your gurney is of the correct size based on the patient lift platform.

    Regulatory Requirements

    If you decide to rent a mobile CT scanner for your facility, you must register with the state the X-ray tube you’re going to use (your local authority will require a yearly evaluation performed by a licensed physicist). Oftentimes, this process takes 2-3 weeks with the help of your provider’s radiation safety officer.

    If your provider does not have a license to hold radioactive materials in your state, the law requires that they submit a new application, a process that can take between three and six months.

    On the other hand, if your provider has a radioactive materials license, it only needs to inform the state about the additional location, address, and authorized user.

    Additionally, all states require that the mobile CT rental provider and the medical facility have a signed memorandum of agreement, which defines the responsibilities of each party.

    See also: Top Mobile CT Imaging Brands

    Key Takeaways

    It is ideal to plan ahead even before signing up with a mobile CT rental provider. By doing so, you can avoid costly issues and “surprises.”

    Additionally, make sure that there is an open line of communication between your staff (IT department and other stakeholders), your provider, and the regulating bodies in your state.

    If you need a reputable mobile CT scanner provider, visit Catalina Imaging or call us at (844) 949-1664.

    At Catalina Imaging, we specialize in mobile CT scanners that use the most advanced technologies like Siemens, Toshiba/Canon, and GE. If you partner with us, you can enjoy these additional services:

  • Site assistance, pre-planning, and set-up
  • Customer support 24/7
  • Transportation
  • Fully insured equipment
  • Physicist surveys
  • Application training (fees may apply)
  • Top Mobile CT Imaging Brands

    Top Mobile CT Imaging Brands

    Leading mobile CT imaging provider Catalina Imaging has brand preferences because they provide advantages in mobile settings, resulting in a better experience for the medical facilities that rent mobile CT trailers.

    Catalina Imaging’s brand references are primarily based on two factors: sliced count and dose of optimization.

    According to previous studies, the higher slice counts, the shorter the scan time and the better resolution a CT scanner can provide. Nevertheless, some experts believe that 128-320 slice counts are overkill, and most medical facilities only need 16-slice CT that works well for emergency care centers, medium and large hospitals, and facilities with high traffic.

    By contrast, lower slice count such as the 4-slice CT has certain limitations that only make it ideal in low-volume centers (i.e., one to two patients every week), veterinary practices, and urology diagnosis.

    Due to the growing demand for lower radiation exposure, dose optimization is another critical factor when choosing a CT imaging scanner. Nowadays, there are models that can accommodate lower x-ray tube current and have improved detector dose efficiency.
    Catalina Imaging’s Brand Preference

    The CT imaging provider offers GE, Siemens, and Toshiba because they provide a better experience for the medical centers and hospitals that rent their CT fleet.

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    GE Line

    Their GE line includes the Revolution Discovery 750HD, and VCT 64/128. They also use software called ASiR that makes it possible to use the lowest dose and exposure to radiation possible without compromising the quality of the image.

    The upfront cost of GE CT scanners is higher than other models in the market; however, their replacement parts, labor, and cost of service are lower. Also, they are easier to maintain because of their air-cooled system.


    Toshiba CT Scanner

    Toshiba scanners are known for their power and quality. For example, one of their most popular models Aquilion 16 (16-slice scanner) can rotate in just under 0.4 seconds but still provide highly detailed images at 12 frames per second.

    As of this writing, Toshiba CT scanners are the preferred models to conduct bone density scans, lung analysis, and examinations involving cancer, urinary tract, musculoskeletal, and nervous system.
    See also:
    Canon Medical’s Advancements with AI-based Image Reconstruction Technology


    Siemens Mobile CT

    Siemens scanners provide one of the best clinical performance thanks to their advanced radiation and minimization. This means that doctors enjoy sharper images even though their patients are exposed to lower levels of radiation exposure.

    Compared to other brands, Siemens scanners are more affordable in terms of upfront cost and maintenance.

    And lastly, they have models that can accommodate up to 456-lbs. patients, thanks to its 70 cm gantry bore plus a 70 cm field of view.


    Mobile CT Service from Catalina Imaging

    To learn more about Catalina Imaging Mobile CT Service, visit their website or call them at 844 949-1664.

    With more than 50 years of combined experience in managing mobile imaging fleets, Catalina Imaging is your reliable partner whether you need short- or long-term mobile CT service.