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Equipment Decisions When Building an OBL
with Dr. Mary Costantino and Dr. Goke Akinwande
We talk with Dr. Mary Costantino and Dr. Goke Akinwande about their experiences and advice on making equipment purchase decisions for OBLs and outpatient centers, including pitfalls to avoid.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, November 22). Ep. 167 – Equipment Decisions When Building an OBL [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Mary Costantino
Dr. Mary Costantino is a practicing interventional radiologist with Advanced Vascular Centers in Portland, OR.
Dr. Goke Akinwande
Dr. Goke Akinwande is a practicing interventional radiologist with Midwest Institute for Non-surgical Therapy in Missouri.
Dr. Aaron Fritts
Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, Texas.
In this episode, interventional radiologists Dr. Mary Constantino, Dr. Goke Akinwande, and Dr. Aaron Fritts discuss the process of choosing and financing equipment for office-based labs (OBLs). This episode focuses on three major types of equipment: C-arms or fixed units, disposables, and ultrasound machines.
First, the doctors discuss the fundamental differences between mobile C-arms and fixed units. Drs. Constantino and Akinwande agree that while the fixed unit is more ergonomically advantageous, it carries significantly more cost. While a fixed unit must be incorporated into the architectural planning of the OBL, a C-arm can be adapted to an existing space. Both doctors emphasize the importance of vendor support and knowing that they have quick access to technicians in the area.
Dr. Constantino provides her perspective on disposables and device partnerships, noting that an IR’s priority should be obtaining the equipment that allows them to operate to the best of their abilities. Dr. Akinwande obtains most of his disposables through consignment inventory in order to minimize waste.
Finally, the doctors talk about ultrasound technology and situations where different types may be more appropriate than others. Overall, they emphasize that while the OBL model grants autonomy to IRs, this pursuit introduces a large financial risk that should be carefully considered.
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