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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.