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C-Arm Table Movements 1-5: What Do They Mean?

Posted by Becka Bowden

Sep 30, 2013 1:28:00 PM

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c arm table movementsIf you’re looking for a C-arm table you probably read expressions like "3-move" or "5-move" table the first time you searched. So what do all these numbers associated with c-arm table moves mean? Stick around and we'll break the 1 to 5 code.


The Numbers

Each number represents how many unique movements the table can perform (In a way, each number also represents the price bracket each table lives in). Most fluoroscopy table manufacturers follow this same code when identifying their tables. Each number upward has all the same movements as the previous number, plus one additional movement. For example, a 4-move table can do everything a 3-move table can AND one more unique movement. Got the hang of it? Here we go …


The Movements

1-Move: Height Adjustment

This moves the table straight up and down. Height range varies between manufacturers and models.

2-Move: Lateral Tilt

This allows the table to tilt from side to side. The degree of tilt also varies by manufacture and model.

 3-Move: Trendelenburg Tilt

This tilts the table from head to foot. The degree of tilt also varies by manufacture and model. 

4-Move: Longitudinal Travel

Longitudinal Travel (or head to foot travel) moves the c-arm table top head to foot over the central column. The range of movement represented in inches varies between manufacturers and models.


Here's a helpful graphic, courtesy of Streamline C-Arm Tables, that visualizes movements 1-4:

Streamline Table Movements

Beyond movements 1-4, are 5-move and float-top tables.

5-Move: Lateral Travel

Lateral Travel (or side to side travel) moves the c-arm table top side to side over the central column. The range of movement represented in inches varies between manufacture and models


A float-top table adds diagonal movements to the 5-move configuration. These tops unlock, glide in all directions for maximum flexibility, and then lock back into place.


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Written by Becka Bowden

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

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