- Floor-mounted tube – This is the most common type. It comes with a variety of options and includes a table and a chest stand. With these rooms you are constantly moving the panels and will need to consider drop coverage and replacement cost– usually not included by the warranty.
- Overhead tube – This is usually found in hospitals or busy clinics where they have high volume and durability is important. This equipment is more expensive and extensive to install. It also takes up 40-50% more space to install.
- Straight-arm and U-arm – This equipment is popular with Urgent Care centers. It takes up less space – typical room size of 9×10 – the detector (panel) is permanently mounted to the system so it can’t be dropped and it can be set up quickly. From a technologist stand point, they love this room because it’s fast and easy. There’s no reason to move anything, you just position and shoot.
- Portable – This equipment is best suited for low volume or startup sites with limited space. It works on standard 110V power and there’s no lead shielding required in the walls. Portable X-ray systems can be operational with little to no construction costs, bringing a new practice to market quickly.
Here’s a quick view from Medical Imaging Innovations on types of equipment.
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