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OEC 9800 Image Swap Settings

Posted by Stephen Loomis

Apr 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

OEC_9800_Image_SwapPeople frequently come to our service team when they have C-arm questions. Being that it's one of the most commonly used C-arms in imaging, a lot of these questions revolve around the OEC 9800.

Recently, a customer contacted us asking how to manage the image swap settings on their system. Fortunately, this is a quick and easy adjustment anyone can make on their 9800. One of our C-arm service engineers took a few minutes to catch the steps on video and, voilà! Question answered. Watch below to see how it's done.

 

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

OEC Urology: Your Options Now

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 11, 2014 4:44:12 PM

OEC_Urology_UroviewOEC discontinued the last model in their Uroview product line (the Uroview 2800) in 2006. But, just because you won't be seeing any more new Uroviews doesn't mean that OEC is out of the urology market altogether. There are still options available to the OEC loyalist who wants to break into urology or upgrade their existing uro platform. Below are two routes you can take to high-quality uro functionality from OEC.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm, X-ray

How to Connect an OEC 9900 C-Arm to PACS

Posted by Michael Rivas

Apr 7, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Connecting_9900_to_PACSSo, it's your big day! Your OEC 9900 C-arm has arrived and you're anxious to start scanning patients. Unfortunately, one last obstacle remains in your path to imaging glory: connecting the system to your PACS network for image storage.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

Siemens CIOS Alpha Now Available to US: What You Can Expect

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Mar 21, 2014 11:07:10 AM

CIOS_Alpha_FDA_ApprovedSiemens has just announced that their flat detector (FD) C-arm, the CIOS Alpha, has been cleared by the FDA for sale in the US. This is great news for Siemens and marks the emergence of another installment in an excellent line of products available to US users.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

OEC 9600 Hardware and Software Options

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Mar 19, 2014 12:05:00 PM

OEC_9600_software_options_hardware_optionsAlong with it's successor, the 9800, the OEC 9600 is one of the C-arm systems I sell most often. That being said, I answer the following question a lot:

"What are the possible hardware and software configurations for an OEC 9600?" 

I'll give you the answer below, with the most important options that you'll choose from as you shop OEC C-arms:

 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Siemens C-Arm "Operating System Not Found" Solutions

Posted by Sarah Daniels

Mar 10, 2014 9:17:10 AM

Operating_System_Not_Found_ErrorYou're prepping for your first case of the day. You press the button to boot up your Siemens C-arm (Avantic, Varic, or Orbic) and, instead of the familiar menu, you get stuck on an error that reads, "operating system not found". This is far from a great start, but there's a good chance that you can clear this error in just a few minutes.

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm

OEC 9800 Hardware and Software Options

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Mar 3, 2014 4:45:00 PM

OEC_9800_Hardware_and_SoftwareOne of the most popular machines I sell is the OEC 9800 C-arm. When you sell a lot of something, you build up a list of FAQs pretty quickly. One that's posed to me several times a week is, "What are the possible hardware and software configurations for an OEC 9800?"

There are subtleties and nuances with each configuration that bear consideration a little further into the system selection process, but in general terms, these are the most important options that you'll choose from:

 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

C-Arm Oil Leak: Diagnosis and Next Steps

Posted by Sarah Daniels

Feb 27, 2014 4:30:05 PM

C-Arm_Oil_Leaks

So, you've got a puddle under your C-arm and you're wondering where it came from. Fortunately, there are only a few places on a C-arm that will leak oil. Here are your potential culprits:

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Topics: Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Parts

OEC 9800 C-Arm vs OEC 9600 C-Arm

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Feb 24, 2014 5:51:00 PM

OEC 9800 vs OEC 9600 C armOne of the most common questions I hear daily is, “Can you tell me the difference between an OEC 9800 C-Arm and OEC 9600 C-Arm”... so I thought it was about time to highlight a few of the major differences for you here. Let me emphasize this is a general and condensed list. My goal here is not to talk about every specific board, screw size, bolt etc. So as always, if you have additional questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

OEC 9800 vs OEC 9600


First Glance: The Cosmetics

Both c-arms are built on nearly identical frames. The weight and dimensions are the same, monitor size is the same, and the footprint is the same.  At 50 yards, even the most experienced C-Arm engineers will need a few seconds to tell them apart. When you get up close, you will find a few more distinctions such as the 9600 track pad and keyboard.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment

C-Arm Radiation Safety 101

Posted by Trish Payne

Feb 7, 2014 9:00:00 AM

C-Arm_radiation_SafetyWhen it comes to radiation safety in medical imaging, the guiding principle is ALARA: “as low as reasonably achievable.” This goes not only for the patients being scanned, but also for the technicians and physicians who are often in the vicinity of the equipment.

Radiation exposure in fluoroscopy equipment like C-arms comes from two main sources- “scatter” radiation that bounces off the patient's body and “leakage” radiation from the X-ray tube. Of the two sources of exposure, scatter radiation varies considerably more and is the higher contributor to overall exposure.  

If you're new to the medical imaging field or to radography/fluoroscopy, there are a few things you should know about getting your radiation exposure ALARA. Below are 4 areas to focus on for greater radiation safety:

 

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Topics: C-Arm, X-ray

    

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