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OEC 9900 C-Arm Features Overview [VIDEO]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 5, 2015 9:00:00 AM

OEC_9900_Features_Videos.pngOver the last year or so, the availability of OEC 9900 C-arms on the secondary market has grown. Along with that growth have come a lot more questions from those in the healthcare community that are looking for cost-effective ways of upgrading their imaging equipment. How is the OEC 9900 different from the 9800? What options are available on the 9900? How much does a 9900 cost? We've addressed these in earlier blogs, but now, our in-house "C-arm Guy" wants to show you around a 9900 that has just finished the refurbishment process here at Block Imaging.

Check out the videos below for a guided tour of the hardware and software of the OEC 9900 C-Arm.

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Topics: C-Arm

MediCapture USB170 vs. USB200 vs. USB300

Posted by Kacy Cooper

Aug 14, 2015 3:51:41 PM

MediCap_ComparisonIf you use mobile imaging equipment (C-arm, ultrasound, endoscope, arthroscope) that doesn't have native DICOM, getting images from those systems onto your network will require a special solution. That's exactly where the MediCapture recorder comes into play. Of course, there are three varieties of MediCapture, so there's going to be a little leg work required to find out which one best fits your needs.

Fortunately for you, we've done the leg work on MediCapture and compiled it below. Read on for a comparison of these three image transfer systems and their different capabilities.

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Topics: C-Arm, Ultrasound

Mobile C-Arms vs. Fixed Urology Systems

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Aug 13, 2015 4:10:50 PM


When it comes to imaging equipment, today's urologist has options. Specifically: a mobile C-arm and surgical table with a monitoring system, or a dedicated, fixed urology suite.

There isn't a "right" answer when it comes to this decision- both options have their pros and cons- but, depending on the needs at your individual facility, there probably is a "best" answer.

If you could use a little clarity on the subject, the following are some of the major pros and cons, comparing the use of either a mobile C-arm and table with monitoring, or a fixed suite for your urology practice.

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC 9800 Handswitch & Footswitch Troubleshooting Basics

Posted by Chad Seelye

Aug 11, 2015 3:42:22 PM

OEC_9800_Handswitch_FootswitchThe X-ray handswitch and footswitch on your OEC 9800 are subject to a lot of wear and tear: being dropped, getting stomped on, having their cables run over. There's a pretty good chance that, over the lifetime of your C-arm, you'll have a malfunction from one or the other.

Some of these problems can be diagnosed and repaired. Others, might simply require a total replacement. The video below will give you a brief overview of what proper functionality looks like, what some common problems with hand/footswitches are, and where you should look to find the causes of these problems.


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

C-Arm Project Planning Checklist

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 28, 2015 12:05:25 PM

C-_Arm_Project_Checklist-1Each year thousands of c-arm buyers from around the world seek out our help and advice when planning their next c-arm project. We've found that there is a set of core questions and concerns common to the vast majority of them. Because these are really great questions and really important questions to consider before planning your next c-arm project, below is now a collection of the quick-link resources that can help you navigate your own c-arm project with ease and efficiency.  

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC C-Arm Flat Screen Monitor Upgrades: Bridging the 9800/9900 Gap

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 29, 2015 8:45:00 AM

OEC_Flat_Screen_Monitor_UpgradesIt's no secret that the OEC 9800 and its successor, the OEC 9900, have a lot in common when it comes to scanning patients, but when it comes to the user experience of techs and docs, the 9900 has some significant advantages: flat screen LCD monitors on an articulating boom arm.

Now, there are upgrades available that let OEC 9800 users gain those same advantages without going all in on the cost of an OEC 9900. Take a look at the video below to see a brief demonstration of the improvements on an upgraded 9800, including:

  • Greater viewing area
  • Higher resolution and brightness
  • More responsive touchscreens
  • Flexible articulating arm
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Topics: C-Arm

C-Arm Cost Price Guide [2015 Update]

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 24, 2015 4:56:00 PM

C_Arm_Price_Update_2015See the video below for a simple breakdown of cost and price information for popular c-arm models from leading manufacturers, including:

  • OEC C-Arms
  • Siemens C-Arms
  • Philips C-Arms
  • Ziehm C-Arms
  • Fluoroscan C-Arms


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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

Medtronic O-Arm or Siemens Orbic 3D?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 19, 2015 9:14:19 AM

O-arm_in_the_bayThe Medtronic O-arm is a niche, but very interesting, machine. The unique characteristics and technological curb appeal often capture the attention of spine and neuro specialists alike.

Because of all this attention, I thought it was time to go on the record and share my thoughts on when an O-arm is a great pick, and when a 3D C-arm like the Siemens Orbic 3D might be a better choice.

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Topics: C-Arm

C-Arm Size Comparison Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jun 11, 2015 10:55:10 AM


After you've made some C-arm decisions about image intensifier size, software packages, generator power, and price, you may also need to consider how much C-arm your facility (and your team) can handle, that is- what C-arm footprint is best for the room you have and the maneuverability you need?

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC 9900 CCD Camera "Sticking"?

Posted by Matt Bushart

May 28, 2015 3:49:00 PM

9900_CCD_Cam_HeaderAs a part of Block Imaging's Service Team, I confront all kinds of equipment issues every day. Recently, one of the accounts I handle was experiencing "sticking" or "binding" between the gears in the CCD camera on their OEC 9900 C-arm.

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


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