When a decision is consciously made to get a second-rate product, that is a confirmation that the product in mind is either not important, or that the job it is being used for doesn’t have a high priority. For a clinic, PET CT training should not be in this category. It can be understood if a budget is keeping a clinic back from purchasing the most expensive training, but most expensive does not necessarily mean it is the best training.
Cost and money is a story. When you are looking at the most expensive PET CT training services, there is a good chance part of what you’re paying for is the name of a well-recognized and respected company that is easy to find. This doesn’t mean they are not worth the money, but it also doesn’t mean they will provide the best training. PET CT training is an investment being made in order to ensure the staff of a clinic has the highest possible competency when working with a scanner.
It is important to remember that the most expensive does not mean ‘best.’ It means the most expensive. Putting money into purchasing the most expensive PET CT training – or any training for that matter – does have value. But, it might not be the right value for every clinic.
When a clinic is prioritizing patient service and best practices, that clinic should be investing in training that reflects those ideals. Usually, this means investing some time into uncovering which PET CT training is most aligned with those values. The most expensive might be, but it could also just be expensive based on brand recognition. Doing research into the qualifications of the trainers provided, understanding their training techniques, and being aware of what devices they can train on is just as important.
Some PET CT training services do not have brand recognition, but they have more experience in a specific device than anybody else in the industry. They may be inexpensive, but they are likely the best choice if their device expertise is what a clinic needs.
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No staff members of clinical engineers will become experts with a device through a single session of training. No matter how good the training is, their expertise will be built over time with consistent use of the scanner, confronting and solving problems that arise along the way, and perhaps refresher training to remind them of applications and functions they do not regularly use.
The time put in is more valuable than any training that can be done. With a wealth of experience comes familiarity with the scanner and an increased ability to diagnose issues, troubleshoot, and manage tasks. So, PET CT training is not in place to create masters. What it does is create competent engineers who know how to find the answers they need when they need them. This will enable them to grow into masters. It is also an opportunity to develop a relationship with a company that you will be able to call on for repairs when they are needed.