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Ultimate Guide to Buying an Exam Table for Your Practice - What You Need to Know  

The right exam tables allow for maximum patient comfort and thorough medical exams.  

If you’re preparing to open a new medical office or upgrading your current office, this guide is for you. We are here to help you streamline the process of selecting the best exam tables for your practice. We’ll go over what to consider when picking a certain model, different categories available, special features, and warranty information. 

Keep reading to increase your knowledge of medical exam tables and cover your bases before making the final choice.

 

Things to Consider When Picking Your Table 

Before you make your decision, it’s important to cover a few aspects that could influence your choice.  

Cost is, of course, an important factor to consider. You’ll need to outfit each exam room with the proper tables. As such, you will need to know your budget and research to get the right table for a suitable price.

However, the cost should not be the only factor. Exam tables come in a variety of types. You need a table that suits your specific practice. This includes the size and shape of the table and how it fits into the exam room. But it also encompasses the various patients you may treat and the type of treatments you offer. Other considerations include storage options, wheelchair accommodation, and more. 

To find out which features will best suit your practice, consider the different types of tables below:

 

Different Types of Tables 

ADA Compliant Exam Tables

ADA-compliant tables adhere to the specifications set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

ADA-compliant tables allow those in wheelchairs to transition comfortably from their chair to the exam table without assistance. They’re also able to be lowered (to as low as 19 inches) and raised to make the process that much easier.  

ADA compliant tables are great for doctors who specialize in treating such disabilities. However, they can be of use to any doctor. These tables will make your space inclusive and more accessible to patients in wheelchairs.

 

Power Exam Tables 

Power exam tables are available as an alternative to the more traditional manual option. They reduce the energy and time it takes to adjust the table. 

Not all power exam tables are the same. Some can lift or lower the entire table while others have individual parts that you can adjust. The powered options make it easy to adjust. 

Power exam tables are great for practitioners who provide in-office procedures. Any doctor could benefit from a power exam table. But, they are especially convenient if you are looking to enhance your staff handling while preserving the comfort of the patient.

 

Cabinet Exam Tables 

Cabinet tables are the most common standard exam table. They come with drawers and cabinets to hold items commonly used during an examination.  

Usually, cabinet tables have 2-3 built-in drawers on one side and two drawers in the front. also, they have stirrups and sometimes even a step-stool.  

Cabinet exam tables are a good option for you if you run a multi-practice facility that meets a variety of patient needs. A cabinet exam table is a great way to keep your instruments accessible during the time with patients.

 

H-Brace Exam Tables

These tables have proven to be reliable, strong, and especially resistant to the lateral force due to the H shaped frame.  

Although the design is simple, the table is reliable due to its strength. The straightforward manner makes them useful for basic practices. The table can keep patients comfortable when they’re lying down.

The best use for the H-brace design is for smaller practices that need a straightforward table. However, if you’re a bariatric clinician, a chiropractor, or just a general practitioner, the H-Brace table is also a solid choice.

 

Basic Exam Tables 

Basic exam tables are perfectly functional and reliable. They are all about practicality. They don't come with any bells and whistles.  

Basic exam tables allow the patient to lie down during their check-up. They feature a headrest and adjustable footrest. Some may come with extra storage via cabinets and drawers. 

The basic exam table functions well if you have a smaller space or work in a multi-practice clinic.

 

Bariatric Exam Tables 

Bariatric exam tables are strong, stable, and support larger patients. 

A bariatric exam table is specifically designed to handle large amounts of weight. With a standard table, the staff may find it difficult to transition and lift such a patient. Bariatric tables make it easy to adjust and transition patients onto the exam table for treatment. 

Bariatric exam tables are made for physicians who treat overweight patients. Often these tables can support up to 1000 pounds.

 

C-Arm, Ultrasound and Radiolucent Exam Tables

These tables are for practices that utilize X-rays, radiography and sonography. They have covers that prevent the exam table from interfering with imaging results. 

A C-Arm Exam table allows for connection from the X-ray source to the X-ray detector. Ultrasound exam tables allow for special adjustments to get the best reading. Radiolucent exam tables are transparent to X-Rays for crystal-clear results.  

The C-arm exam table is also a good choice for doctors who need the flexibility to give a proper fluoroscopic examination. Ultrasound tables are in demand by gynecologists, obstetricians, and radiologists. Radiolucent exam tables are great for X-Ray procedures.

 

Hi-Low Exam Tables 

Hi-low exam tables make it easy to adjust the height for yours and your patient's comfort. 

These tables function as both tables and chairs. You can easily adjust the Hi-Low to suit these purposes. There’s also a mechanism that allows the chair to go as low as 19 inches or raised higher.  

Hi-low exam tables are convenient if you perform a variety of treatments in your exam room. The easy adjustment means that you can efficiently treat all your patients and ensure their comfort.

 

Pediatric Exam Tables 

Pediatric exam tables are for treating young children, toddlers, and babies. They are smaller in size and taller in height. Many come with features like a digital scale to simplify the process of weighing babies and very young children.  

If you’re a pediatrician, you’ll want a pediatric exam table to best care for your littlest patients.

 

ENT Specialist Exam Tables 

ENT tables look more like a chair to the untrained eye. That’s because ENT treatments require the head to be upright. These tables allow access to the ears, nose, and throat. At the same time, they are easy to adjust and maneuver for full control.  

These chairs are specifically made for Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors. Phlebotomists may also find a use for these tables. You can adjust the chair for the patient while drawing blood.

 

Podiatry Exam Tables 

A podiatry exam table is similar to an ENT table. It can function as a chair but can adjust to become a table.  

Podiatry exam tables allow the practitioner to access the foot and ankle without too much strain on either party (doctor or patient). Memory foot position controls make adjustments easy. 

Any physician dealing with the feet or ankles will greatly benefit from this kind of table.

 

Orthopedic Casting Tables 

Orthopedic casting and taping tables make it easy to treat patients with casts. These tables don't just benefit the patient. They also work in your favor. The tables mitigate back pain and speed up the whole process of putting on the cast.

If you deal with sprains, tears, or broken bones and outfit patients with casts, these tables were designed for you.

 

Adjustable Treatment Tables 

Adjustable treatment tables come in handy for sports therapy or rehab. 

Thanks to specialty adjustable features, you can raise one leg and keep another lowered. You can bring knees towards the torso and back away without the stress of gravity. Control over separate parts of the body gives these adjustable treatment tables great capability. 

If you’re a chiropractor, sports massage specialist, or rehabilitation expert, these tables are for you.

 

Tilt Tables 

These allow for special tilt table tests to take place. These can help doctors identify an unknown cause of syncope (fainting). 

Using this type, the doctor can securely strap in the patient before tilting the table backward and forwards.  

If you’re a cardiologist or your work involves tilting patients to render a diagnosis, these are the best tables for your practice.

 

Custom Exam Tables 

A custom exam table is just that—a table customized to what you need as a clinician. 

You can custom order these tables to be whatever you need it to be. You have control over factors such as table width, frame design, drawers, and back adjustment. With this option, you’ll be able to create the perfect table for you and your work. 

Any doctor can enjoy a custom table. Those who have had issues with factory-made products may appreciate the customized option.

 

Extra Features/Complementary Products 

In addition to the different types of tables, you'll find that some boast various features that can make your practice more convenient for you. While shopping, consider these features and complementary products. 

  • Exam stools. While browsing your exam table options, you should consider checking out the different table-side chairs available. Jameson Medical offers rolling physician stools, patient step-stools, and stationary practitioner stools. These work in conjunction with the exam tables and are handy to have in your exam room.
  • Built-in scales. Some exam tables come with a digital scale built-in. This is best used for weighing babies. The scale removes the need to purchase a separate product, and it minimizes the risk of moving the baby around the room.
  • Vision screens. Not all patients want to be able to see their treatment. A vision screen can keep them at ease while you work.
  • Stirrups. Women’s health requires certain extra equipment, and not all exam tables will work for this purpose. Make sure you find a table with stirrups to increase patient comfort and doctor access. 
  • Heated Drawers for Vaginal Speculums and instruments.
  • Foot Controls for Power Tables
  • Side Rails - to attach armboards, lighting, etc.
  • Electrical Outlets - for maximum auxiliary power.

Maintenance and Safety  

As with any piece of equipment, medical exam tables can experience significant wear and tear. This means you’ll need to fix or replace broken or worn-down tables to continue offering the highest quality care to your patients. 

With the electric options, there will need to be regular maintenance checks. You'll want to make sure the wires are not damaged and that they are all operating smoothly. If you choose a power table option, keep in mind the maintenance costs of this.

 

Warranty  

When investing in such a valuable piece of equipment, it only makes sense to choose one with a solid warranty. Just in case there were any manufacturer defects or issues that arise while using the tables, a warranty protects you. Most of our exam table options come with a warranty. In general, you’ll find a 3-year warranty available on our products. 

Keep in mind that these warranties come from the producer of the product. Certain companies may choose not to offer one. 

The 3-year warranty typically covers unforeseen issues for up to three years after the date of purchase. This could be parts problems, battery malfunctions, or more. If you aren’t sure what your warranty will cover, give us a call at Jameson Medical for clarification.

 

Tips for Choosing an Exam Table for Your Practice 

  • Be practical. While something with all the bells and whistles might catch your eye at first, that could mean paying for features and extras you don’t need. Think first about your medical field and what equipment will best support your practice. 
  • Keep the patients in mind. Consider what will make them the most comfortable during their exam. 
  • Consider the lifetime cost of the equipment. You’ll need to get annual maintenance and be able to replace broken-down tables. 
  • Don’t forget about the size (office and tables). A table might be perfect except for the size. Make sure you’ll be able to move around easily in your exam rooms.

 

Final Thoughts  

Selecting the right exam tables for your clinical practice is a big decision. It will affect your daily operations and the experience of your patients. Make sure you choose a table that will make your job easier and improve the way they think about going to the doctor’s office.