Single or Multi-Panel X-Ray Systems: Which Do You Really Need?
One of the most common questions that radiologists have for their x-ray equipment is whether they should be choosing a single panel x-ray system or a multi-panel x-ray system.
Let’s look at some of the key differences to help determine which may be the best fit for your office.
When making a decision between single and multi-panel x-ray systems, one of the first factors that draws attention is a difference in price. Single-panel x-ray systems are often cheaper; however, it’s important to keep in mind the full cost of ownership. Further, price and value are not always the same either, and for most offices, the value of a high quality multi-panel x-ray system is more worthwhile than the cheaper price of a single-panel system.
Consider that multi-panel systems offer great efficiency. There’s not a requirement to constantly move a panel between the table and the wall, enabling workflow to improve, and more patients to be seen in less time.
Expanding on that same idea, this also reduces the risk of dropped or broken panels. The panels are simply being moved around less often, and this minimizes the chances of a miscue which can be both costly and inconvenient.
When a patient can be seen in less time, and with less hassle, it benefits your entire office. That patient is more likely to recommend and refer your office to their family and friends, as they had a less stressful and time-consuming experience. Again, it’s another benefit of that added efficiency and more rapid workflow.
Many medical offices have multiple x-ray rooms. In these cases, multi-panel x-ray systems are a clear winner once again. Utilize multiple rooms and service multiple patients at once. This also lets the office make better use of a wireless or portable system. Add more efficiency and enjoy greater flexibility thanks to the increased capabilities of multi-panel systems.
Different offices will find that different types of x-ray equipment and technology may be right for them specifically. Just remember that the upfront cheaper price of single-panel x-ray systems is not always going to be the best decision when weighing it against true value, and increases in efficiency, workflow, patient experience, and all-around office capability.
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