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Scans are down but there’s no off-season for MR cooling

por John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | September 04, 2020
From the September 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

“We’ve actually seen installs where a chiller was venting hot air into another chiller,” recalled Wong.

When it comes to mobile MRs specifically, cooling can present unique challenges. As Will Rausch, vice president of operations at Northern Air says, it’s “a different animal” altogether. Not only must the units be cooled during patient operations, but while being transported in an 18-wheeler. Mobile chillers have to be “ruggedized” and able to operate from various power sources.

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“Our chillers have to be very robust,” explained Northern Air’s Conlon. “They have to operate efficiently from a generator aboard the trailer and efficiently transition to building power. And because the units are on the go, we have to be up for performing required maintenance anywhere.”

In the end, the MR cooling experts appreciate their customers' business. But what they want most is to avoid expensive service calls and downtime for their clients. Wong typified this attitude toward customers.

"Our goal is to make sure there is high MR availability for the patient and high reliability of revenue stream for the facility," he said.

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