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Siemens C-Arms Compared: Compact L vs. Arcadis Varic

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The Siemens C-arm product line offers systems that work for any C-arm application. Within this context, some of the models in the series have a high degree of overlap in features that can make a large impact in choosing which Siemens C-arm might best suit a facility's needs.

The systems we'll discuss here, the Siremobil Compact L and the Arcadis Varic, have a lot of similarities and few big differences to consider. Check out the table below for a quick comparison.

The Biggest Differences



Arcadis Varic

Siremobil Compact L

X-Ray Tube Anode



Maximum Output

2.3 kW

1.4 kW

Heat Capacity (anode)

50,000 HU

50,000 HU

Heat Capacity (housing)

1,200,000 HU

1,200,000 HU

kV Range



mA Range

up to 23

up to 20

Pulsed Fluoro



Max Pulses Per Second






Image Matrix Size

1,024 x 1,024

1,024 x 1,024 (starting in 2006)

Weight (in kg)




Where the Varic wins

The Varic undoubtedly wins in terms of power. The system's maximum output is 60% higher than that of the Compact L. This fact, along with its higher pulse rate, make it a good choice for sites that need vascular surgery capabilities.

Where the Compact L wins

The Compact L is a clear winner in terms of price. A new Varic averages in the $100,000 to $105,000 range while a new Compact L averages between $70,000 and $85,000. This difference in price is largely attributable to the difference in power. If your case load is primarily in areas like orthopedics, pain management, or general surgery, foregoing features that lend themselves to vascular surgery can be a great way to cut your costs.


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