Throwing good money after bad is easy to do when you know your current peripheral typically functions properly within your system. However, after seeing the same unit in for repair over and over, it’s nice to know you have other
options that will leave you with minimal downtime. Often times, it is more cost effective to obtain an exchange unit instead of having your unit repaired, or purchasing a new replacement unit. With an exchange, you may save as much as 50% from the price of an outright replacement unit.

Four questions to ask yourself before considering whether to repair or exchange your current imaging peripheral:
How old is your current peripheral? Depending on the number of shifts a facility runs, the life span of medical equipment might peak sooner rather than later. There are significant strides in medical technology every year addressing these limitations and of course products are being made “smarter” than ever. For instance, display manufacturers are offering packages with features such as calibration reminders, and usage monitoring so that a display gets its routine maintenance, thereby extending the life of the peripheral.

What is the overall condition of your system? If your peripheral is in solid condition, consider repairing it. But if it is starting to show signs of wear, perhaps consider replacing it. If you decide to replace the unit, it can always be stored and used for backup emergencies. The potential downtime just isn’t worth the risk.

Cost of repair

How much is it going to cost to repair the unit versus replacing it? How much money have you already put into it? How much more money is worthwhile to invest in it before you should consider exchanging it.


A new unit is covered by a warranty, often with extended warranties available. There are companies who will extend warranty coverage to older units, but this still doesn’t address the issue of downtime and labor for repair.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.