The short answer is yes, yes, yes, but we won’t leave it there, we want you to know why you should make the investment.
You can invest in a larger machine if you have the space to accommodate it, but luckily for smaller clinics, there are smaller machines available, including portable options if you frequently do house calls. The benefit of a portable ultrasound machine is really endless, but perhaps the key benefit is your patient’s comfort. There is no need for them to be transported to your clinic (or a hospital) from their home, nor will they need to wait around for hours in anticipation. Additionally, for late-term pregnancies, expectant mothers can visit their regular clinic rather than traveling to a larger hospital or medical center.
If you don’t have a large budget don’t worry because there are second-hand ultrasound machines available and they provide the same benefits as brand-new equipment. Just look at some of the benefits of investing in ultrasound machines.
The patient numbers are growing everywhere and professionals need to accommodate their existing patients, new patients, and offer them a high quality of service and healthcare. A large machine is costly and requires a lot of space, whereas a smaller ultrasound machine will cost well (especially when there are used options available) and won’t crowd you out of your examination room. Having your own ultrasound machine will allow for you to conduct an in-depth examination, thus provide a diagnosis for your patient and determine the best course of treatment.
Health problems can be daunting for patients, especially when they don’t know what’s going on. Having an ultrasound machine in your clinic will allow you to be open and transparent with your patient. They can see how their heart is functioning as you carry out the exam.
It’s costlier to send your patients to another hospital or clinic for their ultrasound, so why not save everyone money by investing in equipment that will serve both you and your patients well. It makes healthcare more affordable for your patients.
If you have an ultrasound machine you don’t need to worry about your patient waiting for an appointment at the hospital or a larger clinic. This means you have more control over the diagnoses, thus the subsequent treatment. This is especially key if you treat vulnerable patients or happen to live in an area with a large elderly population or lots of pregnancies. It means you can handle any type of emergency health situation with ease.
You will be far better equipped to understand your patients and with an ultrasound machine in your clinic, you can seriously improve their lives. A stethoscope is in the past, now ultrasound equipment is a must.
It isn’t a case of whether you should invest in an ultrasound machine, the only real question is whether your budget can afford a brand-new machine or you need to look at second hand options. Either way, you are going to get a high-quality product that improves the healthcare you offer your patients.