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  • liverspark liverspark Sep 13, 2008 2:04 PM Flag

    Mac OS is bad medicine

    We have several nuclear medicine camera's that use Mac interfaces. We've lost too many studies due to the Macs locking up and all the scan data gets lost. It's difficult to explain to our patients that after injecting them with radioactive isotopes and scanning them for hours that we just wasted their time. So for now we use our camera that runs Unix/Solaris with dual pentium processors. Soon we will be replacing all our Macs with these as they've proven more reliable just not as user friendly. Sure AAPL makes a cool walkman, but their computers are a medical liability.

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    • Here's a thought... when attaching proprietary equipment (such as a scanner) to a PC sized machine, you're probably better off with a Unix box, especially at that volume of information.

      I would bet that the Siemens or GE or Toshiba drivers are not that hot. Unix has been around for a while and is well understood and fairly standard. What you did was take a pair of pliers and use it as a hammer. Not a good idea.

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      • Well these are Siemens and G.E. cameras that come with Macs. The new G.E. cameras are now equipped with Unix boxes. P.E.T. imaging cameras use Unix because Macs would be a disaster trying to trying to plot positron coincidence events at a rate of 900 kilo counts per second. G.E.'s Advance Nxi PET system uses a Unix box with dual 500mHz processors. Works fantastic.

    • they also have the lowest resale value in medical systems because of reliability issues.

 
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