As you consider purchasing or begin using any sort of X-ray equipment, it goes (almost) without saying that maintenance and parts replacements will, on occasion, be an essential part of your ownership experience.
To help those of you who've chosen the GE Senographe 2000D manage your expectations, we've gathered the following details on tube life expectancy and common signs of impending failure. This information comes from the experiences of our field engineers and our customers. We've also included pricing information based on current averages in the parts market.
On average, the X-ray tube on a GE 2000D mammo lasts between 5 and 7 years, depending on the amount of use the tube sees. A tube could always fail sooner or last a little longer but, in terms of managing your expectations, 5-7 is what we've been seeing and hearing about.
One sign that your tube is approaching the end of its life is electrical arcing, which will manifest as a popping sound during an exposure. Another sign is degradation in the rotors of your tube's anode, which will make a grinding sound during an exposure.
The current average prices to replace a GE 2000D tube are as follows. Please note that prices on used and refurbished tubes will vary based on the age of the individual tube in question. Also be aware that trading in the tube you're replacing can save you a substantial amount. In some cases, providers only sell 2000D tubes when they will receive an exchange in return.
New: $30,000 on exchange or $44,000 outright
Refurbished (new insert): $9,500 on exchange
Used: $4,000 - $9,000 on exchange
The part number for this tube will either be 2218380, 2299551, or 2299551-2. These are compatible and interchangeable. Per the OEM manual, part number 2218380 is replaced with part number 2299551-2.
On top of the good news that used and refurbished options can save you a hefty bundle versus buying new, is the news that they are relatively easy to find. Just like their GE Essential successors, 2000D tubes are fairly common on the secondary market so, if you don't wait until your existing tube has failed outright, you can avoid the downtime associated with a dead tube by ordering one in advance.
If you're hearing the popping or grinding associated with tube arcs or degraded rotors, contact us to get a tube on its way to you soon.