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Why Would I Choose a Philips Allura XPER Cath Lab?

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

Apr 2, 2020 9:15:00 AM

:: 1 minute read ::

Philips-FD20-labWhen it comes to selecting a cath lab system, many buyers will find themselves looking at GE vs. Philips equipment. Both companies offer quality, both companies have solid parts availability, and both companies offer models suitable for a variety of procedure types. So, how do you choose?

As equipment providers in the cath lab space, the following are a few considerations we like to bring to a buyer's attention as they make their decision. Depending on what's most important to you and your facility, these might mean a Philips lab is a better fit.

Five Reasons to Choose A Philips Allura XPER Cath Lab

If I were in the market for a new cath lab today, I would consider the Philips Allura cath labs based on the following:

  1. Compared to other manufacturers and models, Philips is more expensive in both system and construction/site prep costs, but price is not the driving consideration in selecting a cath lab.
  2. Philips is the top selling cath lab in the world. Much of this popularity is due to their terrific image quality.
  3. The FD20 offers an additional dimension of flexibility. With the ability to rotate the detector, you’re able to efficiently switch from cardiac imaging to vascular imaging, without sacrificing image quality.
  4. Options! Beside a stout bevy of software options, the Philips Allura XPER line  alsocomes with a broad selection of hardware options: tilting, fixed, and OR tables, standard 18” LCD monitors or large 58” Flexvision monitors, and others.
  5. Allura labs have excellent reliability. These units are well-made and relatively trouble-free when it comes to service.

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A Bonus Reason

Quite often we hear that a physician wants a Philips unit because that is what they have always used, and this is a totally legitimate factor as well. Staying with a known entity will reduce or eliminate any technical learning curve for your staff, allowing maximization of patient throughput from the start.

The Takeaway

We don't bring up any of these points in a Philips-centric article to say that labs from other manufacturers are totally lacking, but we have seen the Allura line shine particularly well in them. Ultimately, whichever make and model you choose, our team is ready to assist you in your cath lab project.

If you have other questions about cath lab equipment, or if you would like to talk through your upcoming project, we’d love to have a conversation with you. Contact us with the button below to share what you're looking for, or give us a call at 517-668-8800.

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Written by Kenn Dextrom

author of blog post

Kenn Dextrom is the Interventional Radiology Product Manager at Block Imaging. His aim is to provide clear direction and careful planning to make each customer's project as seamless as possible. Out of the office, he spends most of his time keeping up with his wife and their three energetic sons.

Topics: Cath/Angio

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