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Siemens Cios Fusion vs. OEC 9900

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 29, 2016 9:11:02 AM

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For several years now, the OEC 9900 has enjoyed a "top shelf" status among C-arms, and for good reason. The 9900's design took all of the best elements of its predecessor (the similarly popular 9800), improved upon them, and added to them.

Now, however, Siemens has received FDA approval to begin distributing a new model that could bring some stiff competition to the 9900. That model, the Cios Fusion, is one of three new C-arms freshly approved from Siemens. 

We took a closer look at the literature, made a few phone calls, and compiled a side-by-side comparison of the OEC 9900 and the Siemens Cios Fusion. Keep reading to see how they stack up.

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

How to Use Registration and Landmarking on Your OEC 9800

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Apr 22, 2016 3:04:58 PM

OEC_9800_Registration_and_Landmarking.jpgOne of the reasons the OEC 9800 is a popular C-arm choice for cardiac, vascular, and neurovascular applications is its full complement of subtraction features. Among these, are registration and landmark controls that allow users to manipulate the relationship between a live fluoroscopy image and a reference "mask" image.

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Topics: C-Arm

The Best C-Arm Tables for Pain Management [VIDEO]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Apr 20, 2016 11:36:16 AM

Best_Tables_for_Pain_Management.jpgStarting a pain management practice from the ground up can be a daunting process with many moving parts; not the least of which is choosing the right equipment package for your OR. To help make that a little easier for you, we talked with our resident C-arm expert, Chris Sharrock, about choosing a C-arm table that strikes the best balance between function and cost for pain management physicians.

Watch the clips below to see:

• Which table movements are the most essential for pain management practices

Which movements may be an unnecessary purchase

• Current average table pricing

C-arm table movements demonstrated 

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

I Bought a C-Arm. What Do I Need to Do Next?

Posted by Micah Plimpton

Mar 31, 2016 12:47:22 PM

C-arm_physicist_and_compliance.jpgBetween the time you purchase your C-arm system and the time you can scan your first patient with it, there are a number of things that need to happen. Some of these responsibilities fall to your equipment provider, but others will fall to you and/or your team.

Below you'll find which responsibilities are yours, which are your installer's, and a few tips that will help you prepare for the arrival of your C-arm and begin serving patients with it sooner.

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Topics: C-Arm, Imaging Equipment Project Management, Medical Imaging Compliance

PACS Alternatives for Pain Management C-Arm Image Storage

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Mar 21, 2016 2:03:47 PM

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If your facility is billing with CPT codes for fluoroscopy-guided procedures, you have to be able to prove that each one was performed under fluoroscopy.  This proof, taken from stored copies of each image, comes under review in the case of a billing audit. In a hospital setting, this isn't a concern, since physicians and rad techs can push those images onto a PACS system for storage and reference. But what if you're using a C-arm at a smaller practice, like a pain management center?

For many standalone pain centers, a full PACS system can be cost-prohibitive. A long-term storage solution is a must, however. The response to this has been to print images and file hard copies of them (space-consuming) or to scan the hard copies into their electronic medical records (EMR) system (time-consuming and wasteful). Below, we're going to discuss two alternatives to PACS or hard copy C-arm image storage that can save space, time, and money. 

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Topics: C-Arm

The New Siemens Cios C-Arms: First Impressions

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Mar 18, 2016 2:29:49 PM

Siemens_Cios_Header.jpgOn March 10, Siemens announced that the FDA has approved their newest C-arm units. The product line, called "Cios", will replace the Arcadis family as Siemens' premier C-arm systems. Models include: Cios Fusion, Cios Select, Cios Connect, and a software upgrade to the exisiting Cios Alpha.

We spoke with a Siemens representative about what's different and what users familiar with the Arcadis line will be able to expect from the Cios line. Find out what we learned below, as well as what we think these new additions might mean for the used and refurbished markets.

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC 9900: How to Use Your Extra Monitor Options

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Mar 4, 2016 1:08:48 PM

Adding_monitors_to_OEC_9900.jpgThe OEC 9900 already offers a high degree of viewing flexibility for your operating room with its articulating monitor boom arm. If, however, you find yourself looking for even more ways to have your image where you want it- when you want it, there is a simple option to add more monitors to display both your real-time fluoroscopy image and your review images.

With just a few items (some of which you may already have) that are widely available from many electronics suppliers, you can get this done and improve your workspace at relatively minimal cost. Take a look at the simple steps listed below to learn how you can easily expand the display on your 9900 C-arm.

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Topics: C-Arm

Why Do Only Some OEC 9900 C-Arms Have a Color Monitor?

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Feb 24, 2016 3:43:24 PM

9900_color_monitor.jpgWe decided to write this article after a recent mistake. A facility purchased an OEC 9900 C-Arm with monochrome monitors listed on the specifications. However, the 9900 they received came with a color monitor and a monochrome monitor. At the site's request we dispatched a service engineer to swap out the color monitor for a monochrome.

In the end, the problem was resolved and everyone was happy, but it brought to mind a point that is easy to take for granted: Not all OEC 9900 C-arms were manufactured with matching monitors. There are many 9900 units on the market with one monochrome monitor and one color monitor.

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Topics: C-Arm

Benefits of C-Arms for Swallow Studies

Posted by Tim Richard

Feb 18, 2016 11:46:10 AM

C-arm_Swallow_Studies.jpgTraditionally, studies for dysphagia, aspiration, esophageal modality disorders, and other suspected swallowing disorders have been performed on R/F rooms in a hospital setting. Now, some practitioners are finding advantages to performing these studies using C-arms. The following are just a few of the diagnostic scenarios where a C-arm could be the fluoroscopy tool of choice.

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Topics: C-Arm, X-ray

Which OEC Systems Can Be Upgraded to LCD Flatscreens?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Feb 17, 2016 8:29:13 AM

OEC_Flatscreen_Models.jpgMost of the OEC C-arm owners we talk to are satisfied with the overall performance of their equipment. Image quality, software options, ease of service - people seem pretty happy about all of these aspects. The one thing we hear people wishing they could change about their OEC C-arms is the CRT monitors. 

We've written previously about kicking those CRTs to the curb and upgrading with the OEC 9800, but we want to let you know that the 9800 is not the only OEC model that can receive a flatscreen monitor upgrade.

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Topics: C-Arm

    

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