C-arm Image Intensifier – Which is Best For My Facility

C-arm image intensifier that is the best size is best for your facility is a common concern when purchasing or upgrading your medical imaging equipment.
The single most important determining factor is the type of studies your facility conducts.  Below are are the two most common sizes of the c-arm image intensifiers.

C-Arm Purchase

OEC 9800 C-Arm

Studies Performed With a 12” C-Arm Image Intensifier:

  • Vascular
  • Neurovascular
  • Orthopedics

The 12″ c-arm image intensifier is primarily used for vascular studies. The three extra inches of diameter allow you to see more anatomy and can enable you to do studies like run-offs which you couldn’t do in a single run with a 9” unit.

Studies Performed With a 9” C-Arm Image Intensifier:

  • Cardiac
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain Management
  • General Surgery
  • Pacemaker Placements
  • Sports Medicine


Another factor to consider is the magnification modes. You will typically find that both 9” and 12” systems have tri-mode image intensifiers. In the popular OEC lines the mag modes for a 12” are 12/9/6 and the 9” units are a 9/6/4.5. This results in a higher degree of magnification for the 9” systems. This is why OEC only makes their cardiac platform in a 9” configuration.

Overall Size:

One other thing to consider is the 12” c-arm systems are naturally larger overall and require more hardware and weight. They will often be slightly more bulky.


  • Excluding software options, a 12” C-Arm is going to cost a little more than a 9”, even on the used market.
  • The 12” systems tend to hold their value better in the used market.

Contact us at Pacific Healthcare Imaging, and our technicians will help you acquire the best systems for your facility.  Our high-quality new, used, and refurbished Mini, Compact, and Full-Size C-Arm machines are available at wholesale cost.  Check out our rental plans as well.

Through our years of experience, we can accurately access constantly changing customer requirements.  This experience allows us to offer you the most comprehensive and affordable used and refurbished C-Arm systems and diagnostic equipment and services available.

At Pacific Healthcare Imaging  we sell and support pre-owned, used and refurbished c-arms and other diagnostic imaging systems for medical facilities. We sell the highest quality used and refurbished medical imaging equipment and we specialize in C-ArmsMini C-ArmsPortable Ultrasounds.