Comparing GE’s CT Options


Comparing GE's CT Offerings

Are you looking to purchase or lease a CT but don’t know which one is the best fit for your clinical needs? We have compared GE’s LightSpeed, BrightSpeed, and Optima CT to assist you in determining which CT  is the right fit for your practice, clinic, healthcare facility, or hospital. The most crucial aspect to consider when making your equipment purchasing decision is the system’s ability to meet your specific clinical needs. Here we will be comparing GE’s best CT’s, keep on reading to learn more.

GE Lightspeed

The LightSpeed CT was released in 2002 and featured 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64-slice varieties. The Lightspeed 16 and Lightspeed 64 are considered to be the most popular. Since its release in 2002, the LightSpeed CT  is one of the best-selling models due to its vast feature set, low operational cost, and overall price. 

Another advantage to purchasing a LightSpeed CT is the cardiac options included in the VCT version. The LightSpeed VCT can scan the heart in as little as five heartbeats! This unique feature has proven critical in bringing cardiac capabilities to facilities with lower volumes or those with a lower budget. With the LightSpeed CT, physicians can diagnose heart disease in at-risk patients without invasive procedures.

GE BrightSpeed

The BrightSpeed CT, released in 2005, is seen as the cheaper version of the LightSpeed CT scanner. BrightSpeed CT is available in 4, 8, and 16-slice counts. However, the BrightSpeed CT’s vital advantage is that the scanning system has a smaller square footage needs than the LightSpeed. If space is an issue for you, GE’s BrightSpeed CT achieves powerful performance and image capabilities in a compact design.

The BrightSpeed 16 Elite is the only GE 16-slice system that hosts its Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction. This feature is used to minimize the image’s noise, reducing the radiation dose to obtain standard quality diagnostic images. The LightSpeed 16 cannot host an ASiR, but the 64-slice can be upgraded to feature the technique.

GE Optima

Last but not least, the GE Optima CT is the successor to the LightSpeed and BrightSpeed CT. Now available as refurbished, the Optima 660 CT is available in the following higher slice counts; 32, 64, and 128. The 64 and 128 slice versions make it ideal for cardiac and coronary angiography applications. You can also add on ASiR to the Optima 660, which enables low-dose scanning. What powers GE’s Optima CT is the Performix 40 tube, which gives it a longer life than other versions. This part is also more durable and saves your organization the time and money spent replacing the piece in a different CT. In addition to this, the healthcare professionals who use this system can access the Radiology Information System (RIS) quickly. 

Now that you know the differences between the three common GE CT systems, which will you decide on? Here at iRad, we sell refurbished CT’s with the best financing options available. Please speak with one of our CT experts and choose the best equipment for your needs! 

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