The problems encountered in acceptance testing of newly installed imaging equipment at two major medical institutions over a 10-year period are presented. Acceptance tests were conducted in 129 newly installed imaging systems with conventional acceptance testing methods. A total of 1,132 problems were documented. Problems were classified as major or minor; there were 772 major problems and 360 minor problems. An average of six major and three minor problems were documented in each new equipment installation tested. In some instances, final payment was withheld for several months or more to ensure correction of the problems identified. This experience confirms the need of thorough acceptance testing of new imaging equipment before final payment is made to the vendor.