A camera might have one, two or occasionally three heads, with one or more being used to obtain the images. Each camera head has a flat surface that has to be very close to the patient.
At Nationwide the quality starts with the selection of the equipment we purchase. Since we perform our own warranties and service, we must select only the finest in pre-owned devices so that we can minimize our exposure to after installation service problems.
When the final day comes for the gamma camera at its current location, Nationwide crews perform final testing on the system before we remove power from the unit. These tests are to ascertain the condition of the system before it is removed and relocated. Once these test are performed and documented, the unit is powered down. Power is removed and the cables are detached and labeled then neatly packed.
All major components are unbolted from the floor and pad wrapped to protect the finish of the components. OEM dollies are attached to the base of the major pieces and removed to be own transported by a modern air ride semi trailer. The nuclear cameras are strapped down within the trailer to ensure protection while shipping.
Once the nuclear camera arrives at the Nationwide facility it is again inventoried. The covers of the pieces are removed from the system and tagged as to their location and system number. The covers are taken to the cosmetic repair center. There they will be prepped, masked and painted to the OEM colors or one of those specified by the customer.
The major components are cleaned with a variety of processes that sterilize, cleanse, and prepare these devices for cosmetic’s and operations. There are then moved into a testing bay where they are cabled up and power applied. The system is then again tested to determine if all manufactures mandatory upgrades have been implemented. Any items that do not exceed the manufacturers specifications or are close to failing are swapped out.
Once the gamma camera has been thoroughly and completely tested and checked, the covers are reattached and the system is turned on for 24 hours to observe for any system faults under test and heated operations. Once this is competed the system is then certified refurbished. The camera is de-cabled and wrapped and is ready for a new location.
There the gamma camera will be professionally installed by one of Nationwide’s crews.