Which Portable DR X-Ray Does My Facility Need?

October 25, 2019
Portable X-Rays

Which Portable DR X-Ray Does My Facility Need?

X-ray technology is one of the single most important ways in which medical professionals use medical equipment to diagnose ailments. There are so many different options that your facility can benefit from. Perhaps there is a certain brand that your company likes to use, or maybe a certain style! Click to continue reading more about the different portable DR X-ray machines that Soma Technology keeps in stock!

How Does an X-Ray Work?

An X-ray unit works by emitting X-rays through a patient’s body into back into the unit. The dark areas are where the X-ray was not refracted back into the patient. Where the X-rays meet hardened tissue or bones, will form the white part of an X-ray slide. The white parts of the X-ray will produce an image that can identify breaks or fractures, cysts, previous metal fragments, or even some large tumors. These X-ray images are helpful in the surgeon being able to pinpoint where your operation will take place, and at what point they should make their initial incision.

What are the Different Types of X-Rays that Soma Sells?

Soma sells many different types of X-rays. Some of the most popular ones are listed below. Soma prides itself on only using the top original equipment manufacturer’s units in our refurbishment process. The majority of the products listed below are from the medical technology juggernaut, GE. One brand that we have listed, which you may have not heard about is Axia Surgical. This is definitely a company worth checking out!


GE Optima XR240amx - Portable X-ray Machines - Soma Technology, Inc.

GE Optima XR220

The GE Optima XR220 is a great portable X-ray unit. It is designed to perform radiographic exams at the point of care when it is not safe to move the patient to another room. The Optima XR220 features a FlashPad lightweight detector which includes the battery, and a stand-by mode that eliminates boot-up cycles and can allow for an exposure within 25 seconds. Other features include a detector that can support up to 350 pounds for bariatric applications, and automatic charging algorithms that allow the system to be re-charged even if the batteries have not yet been fully drained. The detector battery can take up to 50 exposures per hour and be used for 3 hours on a single charge.


GE AMX 4 Portable X-ray Machine - Soma Tech Intl


The GE AMX 4+ is our most widely requested portable X-ray unit. This unit can be used in the operating department, intensive care units, and in emergency room applications. This unit features an analog X-ray system that is compact and easy to maneuver. This machine like the GE Optima XR220 can also produce 50 high-quality images with a single charge. Other features include dual drive monitors and oversized casters, operator controls that are microprocessor based which combines the latest technology with the simplicity of design. There are message displays to provide helpful information on the operating status of the system, as well as a compact manual collimator with a built-in SID button on the face of the collimator.


GE Definium AMX 700 - Portable X-ray System - Soma Tech Intl

GE Definium AMX 700

The GE Definium AMX 700 is another unit that is made by GE. This unit also features a reusable battery pack, and as well is portable between different rooms. This unit features a 15″ touchscreen display, single-piece detector, instant distribution and access to patient data, the capability to store over 2,000 images, a rotating anode X-ray tube, and networking connectivity. This unit weighs about 1,230 pounds and stands at about 76 inches.

GE Flash Pad

The GE Flash Pad is a part of the X-Ray unit that works wirelessly. It is an accessory for the above-named units and it has advanced technology that allows a secure connection that can be HIPAA compliant, as well as used in large imaging procedures.


GE AMX 4 Plus Portable X-Ray System - Soma Tech Intl

Axia DR+

The Axia DR+ Wireless Panel can meet the needs of any diagnostic center or radiology department. This panel features exceptional image quality, high durability, and functionality. This panel weighs about 8 pounds and fits seamlessly into existing C-ray rooms. This panel runs on a lithium-ion battery and has a carbon fiber construction.

What Are the Main Differences?

The Optima, Definium, and AMX 4+ are all X-ray generators that shoot the X-rays through the patient to a piece of equipment that receives the images on the other end.  Back in the day, this was a type of photographic film but these days most people use a plate. However, the Axia DR+ or GE Flash Pad, for example, converts the images directly into a digital format. Some similarities with these products are that they all take high-quality images of X-rays and that they are all portable. This enables them to be easily transported between patient and operating rooms.

How Can I Buy or Rent an X-ray?

Did you know that Soma has rent and rent-to-own options available? Perhaps you do not currently have enough capital to finance more X-ray units, but your facility desperately needs them. You have the option for X-ray rentals. By renting an X-ray you can avoid maintenance and equipment costs, ensure equipment availability meets immediate needs, and there will be no downtime due to repairs. This also allows your facility to access equipment with a capital delay, ensure flexibility to upgrade to the newest technology, and ensure an efficient management of resources. We have short-, long-term, and rent-to-own options that you can talk to your sales representative about. If your facility is ready to purchase a unit we have that option available as well! Click here for your local sales representative, or call them at 1-800-GET-SOMA, or even email at [email protected].

Do You Sell X-Ray Spare Parts?

Soma Technology has a full Parts Department that has spare parts for all of the medical equipment that we sell. These spare parts are used by biomedical engineers in the refurbishment process when necessary parts need to be replaced, and also our service department has access to them when they are performing preventative maintenance, or repairing something in our generous one-year warranty on most products. Make sure to ask your sales representative about offering you one of our competitive warranties in the quote that they prepare for you! You can purchase your X-Ray spare parts on our Parts Website, or you can call 860-578-1033, or email [email protected].

Final Thoughts

Have you ever used one of the machines that are mentioned in the above blog post? Is there a particular brand of X-ray that you or your facility have been using throughout the years and claim that it works best? Do you have a specific brand of medical equipment that you trust the most? Now that you know that Soma has a rental program for medical equipment, are you more likely to buy or rent? Comment below!

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