As we continue our deep dive into the GE Cath labs, we wanted to briefly focus on the GE Optima series. Recently, we explored the GE Optima CL323i cath lab. Continuing with this focus, we'll individually review various GE Cath systems, starting with the GE Optima CL320i next.
The GE Optima Cath Lab 320i is confusing, mainly because it doesn't follow GE's usual naming patterns. Before we dig into the nitty gritty, let us provide a little background.
Decoding GE Cath Lab Names
In the early Innova series (21vs31vs41), the first 2 digits indicated the detector size:
- 2100 – 21cm x 21cm detector
- 3100 – 31cm x 31cm detector
- 4100 – 41cm x 41cm detector
GE then introduced the GE Innova IGS series of systems. While there are 3 different lines of this system, they have one consistency, the second digit. This digit indicates the digital detector size:
- IGS 320 and 520 – 21cm x 21cm detector
- IGS 330, 530, and 730 – 31cm x 31cm detector
- IGS 540 and 740 – 41cm x 41cm detector
Once you understand it, it’s simple. Right?!
However, this is just one of the small differences in this system. Despite what its name might imply, the Optima CL320i doesn't have a 21 cm detector. GE switched things up - instead of following their usual naming pattern, the CL320i features a larger 31cm x 31cm detector, breaking from their traditional naming conventions.
GE Optima CL320i features
Now that we have that out of the way, what differentiates the CL320i system from others?
While data on this system is not readily available, it seems that the CL320i is the most basic system in GE’s lineup. Several features are the same as the CL 323i
- Both use the same LC Combo Positioner
- The Ergo 3 monitor suspension is standard
- The imaging chain is the same, including the tube, detector, and use of DL / RTAC computers
- They both use the Jedi generator
- Both systems utilize the Coolix 4100 tube chiller
- Both are available with either the Omega IV or Omega V table
- Both systems have the option for the 20kVa fluoro UPS
- Both are manufactured in GE’s facility in China
So far things seem comparable, so what is the difference?
This is where things take a slight turn. Our research indicates that the CL320i system does not have options like Innova 3D or Advanced Paste. Also, adding AW workstation addition is not an option. This infers that the system is not designed for studies that involve post-processing of images.
The GE Optima CL320i is by all indications, the most basic Cath lab GE manufactures. While the system carries the same stout imaging chain and typical GE features, its software capabilities are limited.
As you go about choosing a GE cath lab for your facility, consider the capabilities you're looking for. If you don't have room in the capital budget for a full-featured GE Innova, consider the GE Optima CL series of labs. If your in need of a system that has both 3D imaging and post-processing of images, the CL323i is a great option. For a facility that performs basic studies and does not need these features, the GE Optima CL320i system might fit the bill.
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Kenn Dextrom is the Director of Product Manager at Block Imaging. He aims to provide clear direction and careful planning for Interventional Cath Lab buyers and working with the Block Imaging product team to provide excellent solutions for our customers. Out of the office, he spends most of his time keeping up with his wife and their three energetic sons.