When your cath lab deliberations lead you to consider the GE Innova product line, one of the specifications you'll encounter as you sift through the options to arrive at your final configuration is patient table type. With the Innovas, there are two main table varieties, the GE Omega IV and the GE Omega V, and the option to upgrade to a third variety, the GE Elegance table.
Below, we'll share with you the differences between the GE Omega IV, Omega V, and Elegance Innova cath lab tables as well as which Innova models you'll typically find each of them paired with.
For the most part, the Omega IV and Omega V tables are functionally identical. The only real difference is that the Omega V is 33cm longer. This gives it an extra 60cm of longitudinal travel and an extra 60cm of equivalent fluoroscopic coverage. The difference in length makes the shorter Omega IV better suited for studies that involve less table movement, like cardiac, while the longer Omega V is better suited for angiography studies where the user will be performing long run-offs.
The upgrade option, GE's Elegance patient table, takes the basic design of the Omega V and adds to it the mobility of up to 20 degrees of head-down tilt and up to 12 degrees of head-up tilt. The tilt feature is a specialty option that, depending on the nature of your work, might be worth considering for the added flexibility it provides.
Where You'll Find Them
The Omega IV is most commonly paired with a cardiac-oriented lab like the Innova 2100 IQ while the Omega V is generally seen with more vascular-oriented labs like the Innova 3100 IQ or Innova 4100 IQ. The Elegance is not a particularly common table. When you see one deployed in the field, it is typically paired with an Innova 4100 IQ cath lab, though it's not unheard of to see one with the occasional 2100 IQ or 3100 IQ.
In most cases, if you know what type of work you'll be performing most often, and if you are looking into labs with the detector size most appropriate for that work, the table that you need will already be paired with it. It is worth double-checking, however, just to be sure that any lab you intend to use for vascular purposes is equipped with either an Omega V or Elegance table.