If you are a biomedical engineering technician, you may have responsibility for locating and purchasing medical imaging parts for the biomedical equipment that you are responsible to maintain. As you already know, there are dozens and possibly hundreds of suppliers of medical imaging parts available to choose from. But how is the cost a vital factor in choosing a medical imaging parts supplier?
Cost is not a straightforward issue. If you search for the lowest cost, you may find yourself with medical imaging parts that are inferior in quality. However, you certainly don’t want to get burned by paying premium prices if you don’t have to. There are two considerations you can make. First, is the medical imaging part inherently complex so that you should apply a “get what you pay for” principle and buy premium? Or, is the part rather simple so that the “plain vanilla” low cost version will do. Second, is the amount of money you will need to spend significant enough to warrant the work? Look at the range of prices in the marketplace. If there is a general range, that probably means that you will be paying about the same price everywhere, so go ahead and buy the medical imaging part based on other criteria. If there are dramatic highs and lows, you need to understand why these differences exist. For example, is the low priced supplier able to keep his overhead so low that everything is a bargain? Great! Or is he selling inferior product?
For the raging medical imaging equipment and parts cost, it is indeed wise to research the market, compare from suppliers and study how you can get an affordable yet equally high-grade medical imaging supplies.