Whether you're researching your next CT or scouting out parts for one you already own, knowing what to expect from your scanner's tube is valuable information that is likely to serve you several times over across the life of your equipment. For those of you looking into GE systems from the HiSpeed, Brightspeed, Lightspeed, and Discovery series, the tube you'll need to learn about is the MX200; AKA Performix Ultra or DA200. Keep reading to find how long you can expect your MX200 tube to last, and how much you can expect to pay when the time comes to replace it.
Systems Using the MX200:
MX 200 Average Lifespan and Cost
In the experience of our engineering network and our GE CT-owning customers, MX200 tubes last on average from 100-140 million mAs in a medium-volume imaging facility. This translates to approximately 10,000 to 18,000 patient scans.
The current price range for used MX200 tubes is between $20,000 and $40,000, depending on the tube's date of manufacture and level of usage. Prices also vary by manufacturer. There are four suppliers that build this tube under various part numbers (see table below). These tubes are interchangeable, regardless of manufacturer.
There's no definitive formula for calculating how long your CT tube will last. Some tubes may reach or exceed the upper limits of the range we've experienced with no signs of quitting, but these figures are useful as an indicator of when to begin looking for your next tube. If you're searching actively or pro-actively for MX200 tubes, we're standing by to assist. Use the banner below to submit a tube request.