In LMB tubes, the sleeve of the tube glides on the liquid metal bearing without direct contact that creates friction and the resulting heat. Large surfaces of the bearings and a gap filled with metallic liquid guarantee excellent heat conduction as well as conduction of tube current. Because the tube doesn't heat up as easily as metal bearing tubes, there is no need to wait between exams for the tube to cool down, even in demanding applications that require many scans or ultra-high image quality. In addition, liquid metal bearing tubes are ready instantaneously, because the anode is rotating continuously throughout the day. Anode rotation for ball bearing tubes is started prior to a scan and stopped when finished, requiring preparation time for the tube.
For your customers, the ability to run continuously without overheating translates to higher throughput and the ability to conduct long, complex exams. Immediate start-up means that they can begin scanning as soon as they turn the system on, further supporting throughput and making it easier to accommodate emergency department patients.