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Mobile PET/CT: Is it Right For You?

When you decide that a PET-CT Scanner is right for you, you may hear about Mobile PET-CT and wonder what the differences are, and whether a Mobile PET-CT may be right for you.

You want to consider whether you live in a city that offers a PET-CT scanner in a facility – if not, it may be a good idea to have one that can travel from place to place in order to get to patients that are sicker and cannot travel far, and to alter location based on patient volume and gain revenue from multiple clinics and hospitals.

If you are not ready for the commitment needed for a fixed PET-CT scanner, a Mobile PET-CT may be perfect for you as well.

Since a fixed PET-CT and a mobile PET-CT are virtually the same thing except for their location and flexibility, they are well suited for smaller hospitals and healthcare facilities that don’t see as many patients as larger hospitals, so having a fixed PET-CT wouldn’t be defensible in terms of cost.

If you choose a Mobile PET-CT, your installation time will be significantly reduced, and you’ll have a lower initial investment as well.

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A Mobile PET-CT may also be a good choice if you want to test out a PET-CT first, instead of risking making the mistake of installing one that you aren’t sure will be used very often.

However, some of the things that may be an issue with mobile PET-CT’s include operating costs, which are usually much higher because of trailer and truck maintenance, fuel, costs associated with the driver, etc. Since the mobile PET-CT can move around and cover a wider audience in terms of patients, the extra costs may be justified.

Limited interior space may also be an issue with mobile PET-CT’s, and patients with claustrophobia may have an even harder time in a small mobile trailer.

These are all things to think about when considering a Mobile PET-CT scanner, and our experts here at Amber can certainly answer any other questions you may have about them. Give us a call today and find out for yourself.

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