Is Price the Only Difference?
Ultrasound replacement parts are available form a wide variety of sources and can vary in cost by as much as 15-20% but is price the only differentiator? There are different types or levels of ultrasound parts vendors and they can be categorized by the processes a part goes through prior to shipping.
The first level is a harvested part. This is when an ultrasound system is tested as a whole, passes power up or other low level diagnostics and then is disassembled so the parts can be sold individually. This process is very superficial and many intermittent, function-specific and thermal related malfunctions of components are missed.
The next level is when boards are tested and repaired individually. This involves a deeper knowledge of the ultrasound system and electronics engineering. Any defective components found during the testing process are replaced and the board is tested again prior to shipping.
The last level is a process called Quality Assurance 360° developed by Conquest Imaging and involves fully reconditioning a part to OEM specifications, thorough technical and clinical testing, ultrasonic cleaning and part specific packaging. The first step is an ultrasonic cleaning where a part is submerged in a chemical bath and surrounded by varying frequencies of ultrasonic waves which literally scrub and polish the assembly. Next, we perform a process called the Standard Fix which proactively replaces all high failure components on circuit boards, power supplies, displays and user interfaces to ensure longevity and allow us to place extended warranties on our parts. Through the integration of years of historical data, we have identified high failure components on these assemblies and replace them prior to multiple levels of quality assurance.
After testing, the part is placed in a new anti-static bag, placed in a new, custom fit box with a packet of moisture absorbing desiccant and placed in our climate controlled warehouse ready for shipment.
You have many choices when it comes to ultrasound parts but for the lowest cost of ownership, a Quality Assurance 360° Certified part is the best choice for you and your patients.