If you own or are considering the purchase of an air-cooled CT scanner from Philips' Brilliance product line, you should know that the vast majority of these systems come equipped with an MRC 600 or an MRC 800 X-ray tube. In terms of the lifespan you can expect to see from these tubes, this is great news for you and the technicians who run/will run your Philips Brilliance on a day-to-day basis.
Below, we'll share with you the typical life expectancy and replacement cost of both the MRC 600 and MRC 800 CT tubes.
MRC 600 and 800 Average Life Expectancy
In our experience, and the experience of our customers, the MRC 600 and 800 are some of the longest-lasting tubes on the market. MRC tubes consistently last 800,000 to 1,600,000 scan seconds. That translates to 4-7 years of performance in a facility scanning at mid-range patient volume.
Now that the question of lifespan has been addressed, there's more good news: Used MRC 600 tubes currently average $40,000-$70,000. Used MRC 800 tubes average $55,000-$85,000. Relative to the overall cost spectrum of CT tubes, this puts MRCs in the middle, making them an excellent value for the longevity they provide.
The expense of replacing an X-ray tube is an ongoing cost of CT ownership that is sometimes overlooked by buyers. By necessity, the process of choosing the right CT scanner for a facility is often dominated by discussing and researching a system's features, options, and capabilities- but it's also important to consider what it will cost to maintain your system.
In the case of CT scanners equipped with the MRC 600 or the MRC 800, tube replacement is a cost that is more manageable than many other tube options and is likely to be encountered less often.