Refurbished or Used C-arms: Your Guide to the Various Types of C-arms
Refurbished or used c-arms are used for a range of diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Used C-arms, like people, come in different shapes and sizes. Here are the types of used C-arms, Mini C-arms, Compact C-arms, Full-Size C-arms, and Super C Used C-arms.
Mini C-arms, your more “petite” machines, are typically used in smaller facilities for sports medicine, orthopedic and podiatric imaging. They generally come with a 4″/6″ image intensifier. They are perfect for performing studies or scanning extremities, such as hands, feet, ankles, knees, elbows, and even shoulders. These used C-arms can be especially helpful during external reduction and fixation of fractures, since the bone alignment can also be visualized in a non-invasive manner via real time.
Compact C-arms are larger than a Mini C-arm, but not as big as a Full-Size C-arm. It is more like a compact car. These compact used C-arms can come in either one-piece or two-piece systems, with the main benefit being its mobility. If you are tight for space, then this used c-arm is perfect for you.
Full-Size Used C-arms tend to be the most sought after model because it allows you to perform just about any type of procedure. It’s by far the most popular used C-arm style in the market today. These used C-arms are usually used for swallow tests, spine and torso studies, cardiology, pain management and surgery. By the way…did I mention pain management!? The open space in the regular, full-size used C-arm is 26 inches, making it large enough to fit a table and patient between the image intensifier and the tube. They can come with a 4.5″/6″/9″ Image Intensifier, and even a 12″ image intensifier, which can be useful for cardiology. A 12″ image intensifier gives you 70% more field of vision. Wow!
First, come down…this used C-arm is not faster than a speeding bullet and cannot leap a building from a single bound. However, a Super C C-arm gives more space from the middle of the C-arm to the outer edge. The extra open space in a Super C (33 inches), allows for additional room to accommodate larger or obese patients.
There is only “big dogs” who manufacture C-arms in the U.S., which include GE Healthcare/ OEC, Philips. Siemens, and the German-based Ziehm Imaging, which has made a strong move in the United States in the last decade.
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