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$12,000 Wi-Fi Budget

In 2012 I had over 10 years of experience in the IT world, but I had never worked directly with medical equipment. Riverwalk Ambulatory Surgery Center had two GE OEC 9900 Elite C-ARM X-Ray systems. The machines had network/ethernet capability, but due to OSHA standards, at this particular surgery center, network cables could not be run through the floor, and the machines were moved around and operated far away from the network drops in the walls. The director had already spoken to GE about a Wi-Fi modules upgrade, which came to about $6000 a piece.

I understood the requirements, so I got to work. I found specific hardware that allowed me to create a complete Wireless bridge, which would allow the C-Arm machine to be wheeled out to patients, and perform a scan through the Wireless network, dumping the images on a Server. The complete modules were built for about $80 a piece and worked with Wireless-N standards on both machines.