So, you are shopping for an OEC C-arm and not sure about the differences between the OEC 9800 C-arm and the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm. Let me see if I can help you. If your biggest concern is budget, you’ll most likely choose the OEC 9800 C-arm, since the newer OEC 9900 C-arm model has added features, which contributes to the price.
Similarities Between the OEC 9800 C-arm and the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm:
The X-ray tube, Generator, Image Intensifier, Steering and Imaging Chain are identical in the OEC 9800 C-arm and the OEC 9900 C-arm.
What the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm Has Added:
- HIPAA secure view
- USB/DVD storage
- Drag Chain, pins, bearings, brakes, wheels, cables, batteries, and fuses are all replaced.
- Pre-set image profiles for each configuration
- Increased onboard static image storage
- Improved software features for vascular work
Both the OEC 9800 C-arm and the OEC 9900 C-arm offer 1K X 1K resolution, which means every inch on either monitor screen delivers 1,000 lines—so the image quality is virtually the same on both systems. However, the OEC 9800 C-arm uses 18” CRT monitors while the OEC 9900 C-arm uses articulating flat panel monitors.
C-arm Hard Drive:
OEC 9800 C-arm: The image storage capacity on the OEC 9800 GSP system is 63 images. The Image storage on the OEC 9800 ESP system is 200.
OEC 9900 C-arm: The image storage capacity on the OEC 9900 GSP system is 63 images. The image storage on the OEC 9900 ESP is 1000.
Both the OEC 9800 C-arm and OEC 9900 C-arm come with DICOM, which can be integrated with a PACS system. That means the storage capacity on the hard drive is obsolete.
In a nut shell, both systems are fantastic! They both have the same purpose that work the same familiar feel and footprint. If you are a center that can can benefit from an improved vascular software feature and needs modern flat panel monitors you’ll most likely choose the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm. If your center doesn’t have to have the latest and greatest, then the OEC 9800 C-arm will be a perfect fit.
If you have questions, please call one of our sales experts at Pacific Healthcare Imaging at 619-810-0020.