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Radiology Capital Equipment and Facilities

Radiology Capital Equipment and Facilities - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics, Radiology

The Radiology Department at UWHC plans for, purchases and maintains equipment to provide diagnostic and interventional medical imaging services for UW Health patients. 


Radiology's typical $35 million capital equipment inventory includes imaging systems such as:

Some of these imaging systems can exceed a million dollars to purchase and nearly as much to maintain. UWHC prides itself on providing state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic interpretations.


Besides remodeling or construction, what else does radiology facilities management involve?

Radiology facilities management also essentially involves assuring that the environment is safe and satisfactory for the intended use. Sometimes this is something like plans for a new high-tech research system, and sometimes it means getting leaking ceiling or bathrooms fixed.

Does the Radiology Department often find that it has an unacceptable backlog?

Yes. This is a constant struggle for us. Patient access can be improved by:

How does radiology know when new equipment is needed?

Radiology constantly strives to provide adequate access to medical imaging services as required by our referred patients. We currently perform about 1,000 imaging procedures daily and annual growth can range from 3-10%. Radiology tracks and publishes how well the need is met by measuring patient backlog weekly (how long a patient must wait to get an imaging appointment) and through annual customer surveys.

New equipment may also be needed because the technology has improved significantly or because old systems are wearing out. Imaging section managers and radiologists work with radiology leadership to best determine when new systems are needed. This is done each year as part of the hospital capital budget process.

How does the Radiology Department determine if a system is being used efficiently?

Efficiency is benchmarked against similar institutions quarterly. This is actually a hospital-wide effort. The section manager and leadership use this information to determine when quality improvement measures are needed.

How does the Radiology Department determine when additional facilities are needed?

When quality improvement measures will not solve the access problem adequately or when services are required at another location, we begin planning for an addition.

How does the Radiology Department fix a backlog that is too long?

Patient access can be improved by:

How is new construction different than remodeling for radiology equipment?

Because the scope of the plan is larger and so much more expensive, planning takes much longer, is more formal, and requires an architect and rigorous inspections. The construction plan requires detailed drawings complete with cabinets and equipment. This is bid out to achieve lowest cost, requires many checks and balances and the involvement of a construction manager. The facility manager serves as the department liaison, meeting facilitator, complaint department, and finder of funding for all problems not previously solved.

What is involved in purchasing and installing a major imaging system?

Once the Radiology Department is convinced of the need, the steps are as follows:

When does the Radiology Department replace equipment?

Systems are constantly upgraded to keep pace with new technology. When systems cannot be upgraded, we plan for a replacement. Equipment is evaluated annually at capital budget time.

Who does the equipment and remodeling planning for radiology?

Radiology employees a facility and capital development manager. It is this person's job to coordinate, plan and implement imaging system replacements and new purchases along with any remodeling or construction required to support these systems. This manager works closely with the radiology equipment coordinator, who is then responsible for maintenance and quality assurance. These managers work closely with radiology and hospital leadership to assure that equipment and facilities adequately support major goals of the department and its customers.

Why does radiology always seem to have some construction in progress?

Because we have nearly 100 major imaging systems in use and most have an average technology lifetime of less than 10 years, we expect to upgrade or replace about 10 of these each year. Some degree of remodeling is usually required to best accomplish this and keep facilities fresh for our patients.