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What Is The Difference Between Used And Refurbished MRI Coils?

July 31, 2017

When searching the inventories of MRI coil resellers, you will come across two different types of coils: Used and refurbished. Both terms refer to aftermarket coils that have a history of clinical use, but there are several differences between the two products. Used coils are typically sold “as is,” while refurbished coils are restored to “like new” condition. When deciding which to purchase for your business, it’s important to understand the difference between used and refurbished.

 

The Key Difference Between Used And Refurbished

 

The key difference between a used MRI coil and a refurbished MRI coil is quality. Used coils may still work, but have the wear and tear of a history of clinical use. Refurbished coils have be restored to their original condition by a team of repair technicians, diagnosticians, and RF and electrical engineers. They have been validated and verified to provide the same operation capabilities as when they were first introduced to the market. Some refurbished coils may even offer superior performance because they have been optimized by MRI coil engineers.

 

What Goes Into Refurbishment at MRICoilsRUs?

 

The refurbishment process starts with the purchase of a used coil. These coils are typically selected by market popularity and diagnostic capabilities. The coil is then fully tested by a repair diagnostician to find any issues in not only the functionality of the current parts, but in the original design. Then a team of MRI Coil engineers used modern design methods to address any problematic issues. Next the repair technicians repair any hardware components that have been damaged or are worn out. Next, the coil design team will fix any external cosmetic issues like cracks in the case or damaged foam. Finally, the coil is put through a rigorous verification and validation process to ensure it operates “like new.”

 

The Benefits Of Choosing Refurbishment Over Used

 

There are several benefits to choosing a refurbished coil over a used coil. The first is you get more for your investment. You could buy a used coil that breaks after the very first use or contains artifacts or other defects, so you will have to immediately invest in repair. Refurbished coils on the other hand are similar to buying a new coil and come with a warranty. So you can trust they will operate. Refurbished MRI coils also offer superior performance to used coils, often even better than the functionality of their original specifications. Finally, refurbished MRI coils and used MRI coils are comparable in price, so you ultimately get more for your money.

 

Rather than just purchasing a used MRI coil for your system, consider an upgrade with a refurbished coil at MRICoilsRUs. We are an ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 company, so we offer manufacturer refurbishment comparable to the larger OEMs, but at a more competitive price. Check out our inventory and remember if you don’t see the refurbished MRI coil you need, contact our helpful customer service representatives and we’ll help you source one!

 

 

 

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