Q: What do GE digital mammography systems, your car, and your own body have in common?
A: When someone tells you there’s a serious problem with one of them, it pays to get a second opinion.
In the case of the GE mammo, we’re referring specifically to a diagnosis of “bad detector”. The detector is one of the most expensive parts to replace on a digital mammography system. With used models falling anywhere in a vast range from $30,000 to $100,000 depending on the model of your system, this kind of diagnosis from a service engineer is almost the worst news a digital mammo owner can hear, second only to having the entire machine carried away by a freak tornado and dropped through the roof of a reclusive conspiracy theorist.
If you’ve recently heard bad detector news or worry that someday you might, we have a few words of comfort for you: It might not be your detector