Planning a Radiology Fitout
In planning the design and construction of a radiology studio, you should consider the following:
- Space requirements for patients and specialists
- Complete privacy for dressing rooms (and larger rooms for patients with special needs)
- Intelligent layout of the entire studio (e.g. site for high-volume procedures such as X-rays should be near the reception for a more efficient patient turnaround)
- Adequate shielding and protection from radiation exposure
- Proper and optimal installation of electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems
The entire studio should also reflect your brand and values. It’s also good to anticipate the patients’ needs and characteristics. For instance, you might want to include a children’s play area so parents can comfortably leave their children for a while during the X-ray or MRI. You might also want to make the reception area have a light and peaceful vibe. This might help a bit in calming patients while they wait for the medical imaging results.
All those considerations should go into the designing and planning of your radiology studio. When the design and plan are complete, you should inspect every detail to ensure everything will be in order. It helps to view the 3D rendering so you can better examine each detail and the overall design.
Earlier we mentioned that you should also think about the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Proper functioning of these are vital in proper medical imaging. That’s because when these systems fail, they might affect the accuracy and reliability of your medical imaging equipment. They might also affect the overall experience of the patients. For example, an air conditioner that’s malfunctioning (either because of faulty electrical connections or a defective unit) can make patients uncomfortable. Or, a malfunctioning toilet or drain can affect your brand and make patients trust you less.
In other words, you should pay attention to all the aspects of your radiology studio. Aside from having the latest medical imaging equipment, it’s also critical to ensure that overall patient experience is good and comfortable. It’s one way to bring patients some comfort in a distressing time such as having an X-ray, ultrasound, MRI or CT scan.