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GE Innova 3100 IQ and Philips Allura FD 20 Earn 2019 'Best in Class'

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Periodically, Block Imaging awards companies or products that have proven, through performance in the field and overall ownership experience, to be the best in their specific area. In most cases, we nail down one specific product within an area, but this time around we decided to split up the cath lab category into 2 areas: floor-mounted systems and ceiling-mounted systems.

Right now, our top pick for floor-mounted systems is GE's Innova 3100 IQ. Our top pick among ceiling-mounted labs is Philips' Allura XPER FD20. Keep reading to find out what sets these two models apart from others in their category.

Overall Quality

To put it plain and simple, you want a system you can count on. Both the 3100 and the FD20 are solid, well-built labs that have been dependable for our customers, with up-time percentages well into the high nineties.


Both GE and Philips have continued to build upon the success of these designs for many years and, as the old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” There have been technological advancements made in both lines over the years, but the basic configuration of these units has been used since the 1990s, even carrying into the current GE Innova IGS and Philips Azurion models.

Installation Base

As the top two cath lab manufacturers, GE and Philips share the majority of all cath labs installed. There are thousands of these systems in use all over the world. Why does that matter? Service engineering, parts availability, and pricing are all significantly affected by the size of a product's install base. The more units installed, the more engineers know the systems, the more systems make it to the pre-owned market, and the more everything becomes affordable.


Both systems are uniquely configured to allow both cardiac and vascular imaging when the proper options are equipped. This helps to ensure the suite can be utilized to its fullest extent while optimizing your ROI.

Philips Cath Lab Detector Sizes Compared

The Takeaway

Congratulations to GE and Philips for taking the top spots in their categories! If the team at your facility is beginning considerations for your next cath lab, either the Innova 3100 IQ and the Philips Allura XPER FD20 could serve you well. Whichever way you may be leaning, our team is ready to help. Contact us with the button below to get a price quote and more information.