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Archive April 2020 XXI, No. 4

See What's New in C-arms

Intraoperative imaging never looked so good or was so easy to perform.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Editor-in-Chief


ROOM TO MOVE Mobile C-arms pack a powerful imaging punch in small packages to provide surgeons with high-quality pictures in outpatient ORs.

C-arm technology has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years with compact mobile units producing images that rival the quality of those produced by higher-end, fixed room platforms, according to Gregory C. Jett, BSRT, president of Creative Surgical Solutions in Panama City, Fla. Here are just a few of the advanced imaging capabilities and user-friendly features found on the latest C-arms.

  • Improved imaging. Flat-panel CMOS image detectors use low-dose radiation to capture pictures of incredible quality. The detectors also allow surgeons to magnify images without losing clarity or increasing the radiation dose, points out Mr. Jett. Newer systems let surgeons zero in on small anatomical landmarks and display captured images on large 4K monitors with advanced clarity.

Surgeons can review the high-resolution images without diverting their attention from the patient. The ability of newer machines to capture intermittent images instead of a continual stream of pictures lets surgeons obtain usable views with the minimum effective radiation dose.

  • Ease of use. Flat-panel image detectors let surgeons work with more freedom of movement within the sterile field. The overall footprint of the latest C-arms is smaller, meaning the units take up less valuable real estate in outpatient ORs, where more complex cases requiring the advanced imaging technology are being performed.

Improved motorized mechanisms allow for pinpoint control when maneuvering the C-arm into position. Smart anti-collision features alert staff if the arm is in danger of coming into contact with the table — or, worse, the patient — and shut down the unit if it's moved any closer.

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