Mini C-Arm radiation exposure is less then with the conventional C-arm. Radiation exposure should be kept to the absolute minimum to the patient and the surgeon, and ionizing Radiation Regulation (2000) requires that the radiation exposure be clinically justified and:
- Performed by a trained professional.
- Kept to as minimal exposure as possible, or ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable).
- Delivered by trained medical personnel.
A lack of thorough knowledge of radiation physics may lead to imprudent images and may lead to increased exposure. It is important to know that is is possible to cause considerable radiation, even with mini C-arm if it is used in an incorrect manner.
Over the past several years mobile fluoroscopy has contributed greatly towards making the procedures less invasive and less expensive. Radiation exposure in orthopedic procedures with standard C-arm is found to be in the range of 1200 to 4000 mrem/min. In contrast, a dose range of 120-400 mrem/min has been reported with the use of mini C-arm. The international commission on radiology protection recommends annual whole body dose limit of 2 rem or 2000 mrem.
What is a Mini C-Arm?
It is a mobile fluoroscope with less radiation exposure to the surgeon, patient and theatre personnel. It is used for intra-operative imaging of a host of procedures. Its simplicity of use, low cost and compact nature make it popular for routine use. Studies have shown that mini C-arm should be used in preference to the conventional C-arm for extremity surgery, mainly hand and foot surgery.
At Pacific Healthcare Imaging, we offer high-quality, new, used refurbished, and rental mini c-arms, as well as other imaging equipment at wholesale cost. We have a wide variety of medical imaging systems from brand names like GE, Sonosite, Hologic, Ziehm, Phillips, Siemens and more, at a discounted rate.
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