If your CT imaging equipment’s x-ray tube is nearing the end of its life, it’s time to start looking into replacement options. If you notice any cracks, leaks, or new noises from your x-ray tube, then it’s time to replace or repair it. If you’re using a water-cooled Philips or Siemens CT Scanner, you’ll likely want to purchase the Akron B or Akron Q x-ray tube.
Akron B tubes are compatible with the Siemens Volume Access, Siemens Volume Zoom, Siemens Sensation 4, Philips MX8000 Dual, and Philips MX8000 4 scanners. Siemens Sensation 10, Siemens Sensation 16, Philips MX8000 IDT 10, and Philips MX8000 IDT 16 models require Akron Q tubes. Both can be purchased new or used, and can sometimes be repaired.
New versus Used Costs
Used Akron B and Akron Q tubes are considerably more cost-effective than most other x-ray tubes. Used tubes can be easily acquired for between $20,000 and $45,000, and can add months or years to the productivity of your imaging equipment. New replacement parts cost considerably more.
Akron B & Akron Q X-ray Tubes Lifespan
Typically, Akron x-ray tubes last between 400,000 and 500,000 slices, which amounts to about 3 to 4 years of patient scans in a facility that does a moderate volume or scans. Used and refurbished parts are likely to last a little less than that, depending upon the amount of use it has endured and the physical condition of the tube.
Properly maintaining your CT imaging equipment and x-ray tube will help lengthen its life expectancy. It is also important to make sure your imaging equipment is only operated by trained professionals, in accordance with the user manual provided. Warming up the CT scan machine prior to use when the machine has been sitting idle for more than a couple of hours is also helpful. The better you care for your equipment, the more likely it is to reach the full potential of its lifespan.