4 Signs That Your C-Arm Might Need Maintenance

Healthcare industries have some of the greatest need for fully functioning, accurate equipment. But no machine lasts forever, and they all need occasional maintenance. Often, the more complex or powerful the machine, the more costly and problematic malfunctions can be. C-Arms are one such piece of equipment; large and high-powered, they need careful maintenance to perform their function. Some of that can be done by the technicians who operate it, but some may require professional repair or replacement. Here are some key indicators that your C-Arm made need maintenance.

SRAM Card Errors

Identifiable by the highly obtrusive “Checksum” error, a faulty SRAM card will definitely require professional replacement, as accessing it requires experience and specific tools. Fortunately, it’s an issue that any good repair service can spot and correct without much trouble.

Charger Failure

Often a more intimidating looking issue than it seems, if the C-Arm is having power problems, check first that the batteries are holding a charge. Sometimes it is a simple matter of needing to replace them, which can be done without any special training. However, if the problem persists it may indicate a charger board or HV tank problem, which will need professional attention.

Footswitch Problems

Issues with the footswitch are most commonly the result of human error, though they sometimes accumulate problems from debris on the ground. The best practice with these is to take your time, and treat them gently, and contact a service technician if you find that problems continue.

Poor Image Quality

If your C-Arm is turning out grainy, or fuzzy images, you will probably need to contact a repair service, as it usually means that particles have found their way into the CCD camera. Fixing it will require the specialized tools and training of a repair person.

If the time has come to replace your C-Arm, Pacific Healthcare Imaging is here to help, with our excellent selection of used and refurbished of full size and mini C-Arms! For more information about our products or services, contact us today!

Posted in

Aaron O

C-Arm Service Contract

Ongoing service of medical imaging equipment is essential, and it is important to remember that not all service contracts are created equally. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to provide your C-Arm services because of downtime. Make sure that the place you’re opting for has a reputation for providing efficient services and…

Image Intensifier – Usable Life

An image intensifier is a important component for fluoroscopic equipment such as a C-Arm.  Most image intensifiers have a good lifespan,  however, it is common for fluoroscopy systems to go through a few image intensifiers throughout their life. Following are a few ways users can prolong the life of their image intensifiers and/or determine if…

The Need for Digital Imaging

Analog image intensifiers and digital flat plate detectors have their pros and cons. However, in today’s medical imaging field, digital imaging is the efficient way to go if hospitals, outpatient facilities, and private practices want to stay competitive. Digital images are easily transferred throughout the hospital and other health care facilities. They can be stored…

C-Arm Upgrade

During the pandemic, many elective procedures and normal operations in many imaging departments were put on hold, leading to an increase in cancellation for non-critical exams.  Now, C-Arms will need to be in good working order to meet hospital’s imaging demands. Hospital CEO’s and radiologists are under more pressure than ever to reduce funds without…

Manufacturers and Models for Fluoroscopy and C-Arms

Major manufacturers in the fluoroscopy and mobile C-Arm market are GE Healthcare, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Siemens Healthineers (Siemens AG), Hologic, Inc., and Ziehm Imaging. They are constantly researching and developing their technology to be more effective and cost-effective to strengthen their hold on the market. At Pacific Healthcare Imaging we sell and support new, pre-owned,…

Renting a C-Arm

Renting a C-Arm can be an attainable operating expense that fits into even modest budgets.  For many hospitals, clinics, or private imaging centers, buying a new or used C-Arm requires large capital expenditures. The greatest value of renting is the low risk it carries. It brings the equipment you need into your facility, and costs…

Types of C-Arms

C-arm machines are used for a range of diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgical procedures.  They are flexible, and can be used in a variety of situations. C-Arms come in different sizes including Mini C-Arms, Compact C-Arms, Full-Size C-Arms.  Keep in mind there are also modifications for C-arms such as digital retrofit devices for analog…

Site Considerations for C-Arms And Portable X-Ray Machines

Think about space and other requirements for your device’s location. Consider existing floor plans, equipment placement, plumbing, power requirements, shielding, and other safety measures. Pre-Planning will reduce delays and allow for correction of possible problems. At Pacific Healthcare Imaging, we can provide you all the information and help you need for your machine purchase. Power…

How to Perform a Basic C-Arm Diagnosis to Improve Image Quality

Do you have poor image quality on your C-Arm? On older C-Arms, the image intensifier or the x-ray tube may need to be replaced or recalibrated, however sometimes a simple height adjustment of the C-arm can improve the image quality. Make sure the body part is centered to the tube. If the anatomy is below…

OEC 9800 Monitor Upgrade

Available Options: There are currently several aftermarket OEC monitor upgrades: a single, large split screen, two individual screens, fixed screens, rotating screens, screens on an articulating arm. There are also 1k, 2k, and now, 4k resolution. Cost: There is a board range of prices, depending on options.  At the high is including an articulating arm,…