Let’s pretend. You scan your badge to enter the radiology department or unlock the doors to your imaging center, flip on the lights and... All of your equipment is gone!
At first this is a nightmare right? But wait. Your insurance company is going to pay out replacement value and you get to keep the money that you don’t spend. I know, I know… that’ll never happen. But just pretend with me.
What would you buy and why? What types of service contracts would you sign?
While there are numerous factors to consider such as departmental crossover, referral base (breast imaging, neuro cardiac, oncology, etc.), scan volumes, space challenges, patient demographics and how to best compete in capturing market share... for the “bread and butter” radiology department that is trying to maximize clinical capabilities and minimize capital outlay, this is the imaging suite of equipment I would buy and why:
Siemens Symphony - Syngo Platform, image quality, and siting advantages - rigged in and installed with a 1-year service agreement for under $500K. (Second place: Philips Intera and GE Highspeed/Echospeed)
Siemens Sensation 16 Slice CT - Same Syngo “platform”, basic cardiac capabilities and a handful of third party vendors with service capabilities and parts accessibility. (Second Place: GE LightSpeed/BrightSpeed for popularity and Philips IDT 16 for cost savings.)
For high volume, heavy duty scanning, GE takes the cake on this one. In the analog world, I'd go with the Proteus and Silhouette. On the digital side, the XR/D.
GE and Philips run neck and neck in this modality, but GE has the edge when it comes to serviceability. Not much has changed in R/F technology in quite some time but the GE Legacy and GE Precision 500D are great systems for everything from standard radiography to speech therapy, arthograms and everything in between.
As with R/F, GE and Philips have done a marvelous job in the transition from image intensifier systems to their flat panel detector lines. Check out the Innova 2100 vs 3100 vs 4100 blog to learn more about the series and which system is best for your application.
GE/OEC gets to have their cake and eat it too on this one! Without question the OEC line ranging from the 9400 to the 9600, 9800, 9900 and the Mini 6600 and 6800 remain head and shoulders above the competition. The market share has been so significant that Physician’s comfortability with the OEC product line is second to none.
While GE and Hologic Bone Densitometers have swung back and forth in market share over the last decade, GE wins by a hair when it comes to more creative solutions. Beyond simply balancing speed and image quality, the GE line allows for maximum utility with DXA systems that double as standard exam and pelvic exam tables as well.
Please feel free to comment below with your experiences and what you would buy if this happened to you