Ultrasound transducer replacement costs

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Many healthcare equipment managers have heard that alternative sources for replacing ultrasound transducers cost less than what manufacturers charge, but they don't know how much less. A five-year comparison study shows that costs to replace all types of ultrasound transducers were lower with parts from independent service organizations (ISOs) compared with those from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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According to the study, replacing invasive and noninvasive transducers with ISO parts cost 35% less than using OEM parts, while replacing transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) transducers with ISO parts cost 23% less than using OEM parts.

Additionally, the study concluded that parts replacement represents more than 70% of the total repair budget (See Ultrasound Transducer Replacement Cost Averages chart, above).

  1. Incorporating certain precautionary measures can reduce overall transducer costs.
  2. Use a bite guard during an entire procedure when using TEE transducers;
  3. Properly follow the manufacturer's recommendations on cleaning solutions and length of immersion time;
  4. Properly package a transducer when shipping for repair to prevent further damage;
  5. When moving a cart, remove the transducers and move by hand, being careful not to get cables caught in front of wheels, doorknobs, equipment, etc.

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