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Chris Sharrock Chris Sharrock is the Vice President of Equipment Solutions at Block Imaging. Sometimes referred to as the “The C-Arm Guy”, Chris has a passion for music, fitness and genuinely enjoys helping others make decisions about c-arms and fluoroscopy equipment. You can download Chris’ very popular “C-Arm Buyer’s Guide” or connect with him here.




Does My C-Arm Require Lead Shielding?

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jan 22, 2021 1:15:00 PM

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C-Arm Shielding

People frequently ask us what, if any, requirements have been set for X-ray shielding in rooms where C-arms are in use. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to the question.

Regulations for shielding during C-arm use vary across a number of factors, including site location, location of the C-arm within the site, and the type of usage the C-arm will see. Some states don't require any shielding at all, but have other requirements that must be met. Take Texas, for instance: a C-arm doesn't need to be shielded, but its dose must be monitored for a year after installation. Other states, like Ohio, require a physicist to visit your site and advise specific shielding measures for your individual building.

Because there are no across-the-board regulations for C-arm shielding, we put together a few "rule of thumb" recommendations for new C-arm owners in the example below and the short video that follows.

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Topics: C-Arm

OEC 9800 Flat Screen Monitor Upgrades: Choosing the Best One for You

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Dec 30, 2020 4:00:00 PM

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OEC 9800 Monitor Upgrades

For the last several years, people have been looking for ways to continue using and even improve upon the ever-popular OEC 9800. We’ve blogged about 9800 monitor upgrades before, but the technology continues to evolve. If you've been considering upgrades to your OEC 9800 display, keep reading to learn more about what's out there now, what you can expect on the horizon, and how to choose the best option for you.

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Topics: C-Arm

Siemens Cios Alpha vs. OEC 9900: C-Arm Comparison

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Sep 15, 2020 10:00:00 AM

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Just a few years ago, Siemens launched their Cios C-arms, debuting new technology that made them a premium product line. Among the Cios units is the flagship, Cios Alpha. With its combination of features and functionality, the Alpha is a compelling package. Still, if you've been in the business for a while, you know that just because there's some new hotness on the market, doesn't mean it's time to kick an older, reliable workhorse to the curb.

So, when it comes to overall value, how does a relative newcomer like the SIemens Cios Alpha stack up against a household name like the OEC 9900? Keep reading to find out.

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Topics: C-Arm

C-Arm Size Comparison Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 14, 2020 9:45:00 AM

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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?

Below is a visual comparison of ten models of full size C-arms in their standard configurations. The systems include larger C-arms like the Siemens Avantic and the OEC 9800 and more compact models like the Philips Pulsera and the Siemens Compact L.

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Siemens Arcadis C-Arm Price Cost Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

Jul 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

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The Siemens Arcadis C-arm series is comprised of models known for powerful generators, hardily engineered parts, and isocentric 3D imaging. If any of these are compelling features for the specialties you intend to pursue with your C-arm purchase, a Siemens Arcadis product could be an excellent fit for you. What's more- Arcadis series C-arms are more available on the secondary market than they've ever been. This is great news for facilities anticipating a high volume of vascular and/or bariatric studies.

Below, you'll find current average prices for refurbished Siemens Arcadis series C-arms. These prices include delivery and a 1-year service agreement.

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Topics: C-Arm

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