Generally, Health Care Facilities employ one several methods to develop their x-ray films: Film Digitizers that include reusable cassettes, those that employ chip arrays, the new ADDIS unit, traditional film processors and dip tanks. The costs of Digitizers is often prohibitive for small office based practices in that they can cost $20,000 or more. Quality used processors continue to offer an efficient & cost-effective alternative for small practices in the office setting. The AllPro 2000M and 2010 models are considered by many to be the gold standard in podiatry x-ray film processors. They have a small foot print to fit into tight spaces, only require a standard 110V GFI outlet, cold water supply and an open drain. Also, the units also are relatively light and inexpensive to ship.
AllPro 2000M or 2010 is relatively easy as well. It is a matter of carefully
taking it out of its package and placing it on a level surface. (AllPro
provides a leveling frame if the counter top itself isn't level.) Next, a
hose with a standard washer fitting is attached to a cold water faucet. The
separate replenishment pump is placed underneath the counter and the
included tubes are in turn attached to the back of the processor for the
2000M. The 2010 has internal replenishment pumps so only tubes have to be
run to the two replenishment tanks (developer and fixer). The
fixer internal tanks are then filled and the replenishment tubes inserted
into the chemical containers. The 110 V plug is inserted into the GFI outlet and
the cold water valve on the faucet is opened. The unit is turned on by
pressing a rocker switch afterwhich the unit will begin to heat the
developer and fixer within the processor to its normal operating temperature. When the
temperature reaches 88 degrees, the "Ready" light will go on and the
attendant can then insert a film into the end slot to begin the processing cycle.
The unit will emit a beeping sound to tell the attendant it is receiving the
film in the dark room. Another film can be inserted as soon as the beeping
ceases. A Day-Loader attachment box is available upon request for
a nominal fee. The film will run through the processor usually within 2.5 to
3 minutes and then emerge on the recessed tray on the top lid developed and dry.