TRG Oncology International Provides High Quality and Cost-Effective Alternatives to New Equipment

TRG Oncology International’s previously owned accelerators, CT simulators, HDR’s, and other equipment enable hundreds of facilities to deliver leading edge technology, while remaining competitive in an increasingly budget-constrained environment.

TRG Oncology Equipment is more than just previously owned equipment however. Our years in the industry have allowed us to develop key relationships with top manufacturers. We also offer new equipment solutions for everything from superficial & orthovoltage systems, to chillers, power conditioners, moving laser systems and more. Our unique combination of new and used oncology equipment selections provide you with the best of both worlds for complete turnkey-solutions for your entire center needs.

Much of our success is built upon repeat business and word of mouth recommendations. There’s only one way to achieve this sort of reputation: deliver top quality equipment at competitive prices, and do so in a straight forward ethical manner. Please contact one of our radiation therapy equipment specialists today, or continue browsing our web site and see what has made TRG Oncology International the vendor of choice for the radiation oncology community.

Thinking of adding or replacing a system? A Buyers Q&A

Before you look for, or commit to the purchase of, any used or previously owned equipment you should educate yourself on how to find the best systems to meet your needs. Due diligence up front will assure you that you receive top quality equipment at the best price. Below are recommendations we have that will help you avoid some of the potential pitfalls when considering a used or refurbished system:

I asked the seller for a serial number and they were not able to provide me with one, is this a concern?

When considering the purchase of used equipment, insist that the seller provide you with the serial number of the unit. If they cannot provide this information, they DON’T OWN THE SYSTEM! If multiple brokers are contacted, trying to locate a unit, it can often result in a bidding war for a specific system, driving the price up for you, the buyer. Know whether the reseller owns the system they are quoting you!

Should I consider systems that have been de-installed and stored in a warehouse?

Systems in storage or warehoused units can be problematic. If you are not involved in the relocation process from the beginning of the project you run the risk of missing warning signs of wear, incomplete inventory or missing items. Once a system has been removed from the vault, there is no easy way of beaming-on to test the unit for functionality. If the same group that removed the system is not re-installing it, you may see finger pointing as to who is at fault if the system is damaged or not working properly. Some brokers will offer a “guarantee”, stating that they will FIX the system when it breaks, not that it won’t break. The broker will then “build” in additional cost for this guarantee. If you DO choose to purchase a system in controlled storage, you will want to make sure the system was removed by a reputable rigger and is being stored according the manufacturers recommendations with power to the waveguide. Review all service records carefully, (if available), as well as performing a detailed inspection at the warehouse. A complete inventory of all parts and major components should be performed, including all spare parts and accessories. Ask for a warranty with the system.

I am comparing a slightly older system, to a newer system, what factors should l consider?

Often times, the best value is in newer parts, not necessarily newer systems: Newer systems are great, but they can command a premium on the used market. Well cared for, older, units are often a better deal. Some systems have many newer major components, even though they may have a slightly older manufacture date. Systems with newer components can last as long, sometimes longer, than systems a few years younger.

Should I pay a premium for a completely refurbished system?

Use the “Inspect & Select” method: Rather than purchasing a system  that has been completely refurbished, we recommend that you inspect any used system you are considering, replacing only select items that you find bad or suspect. This will save you tens of thousands of dollars that can be spent on full coverage service. The end result is the same at a significantly lower cost.

Who should I use to perform the on-site inspection?

Always use an independent party to inspect: It’s always best to use a staff technician or an independent third party technician when inspecting any used system. By doing so, you will get an unbiased accurate report. Quite often, the manufacturer can perform the inspection, if you do not have a technician on staff. If you choose to use a technician, from the same group that will be servicing the system, you run the risk that they will “look past” issues that they feel can be covered by servicing the system.

Once the inspection is complete, how should I handle any issues with parts that need to be replaced?

Get in writing exactly what will be replaced. For any parts that need to replaced, make sure the seller specifies, in writing, which parts are to be replaced and whether or not they will be replaced with new or used parts. If you have a system with newer major components, you may only need to replace cables, hoses or basic cosmetic parts.

What should I expect in terms of the project timeline for installation?

A Work from the end date of your project backwards. Plan your project from the date you want to be open and treating patients and work back from there. Typically it takes between 6-8 weeks to install a linear accelerator through acceptance. If you want a system refurbished it will take 30-60 days from the time it’s removed. You should plan on locating the system you want at least 60- 90 days prior to the scheduled removal date. You will also want to account for the time it will take to do any room renovations that may be necessary.

What preparations need to be made, to my vault, prior to the installation?

Make sure your site is ready, prior to equipment delivery. Taking delivery of a system before the site is completed can cause many problems. Any work done, in the vault, after a system is physically installed, may result in damage to the system, and/or additional cleaning and repairs. Delays in installation, due to improper power, water or room finishing will also result in additional installation costs.

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