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Pain Management C-Arm Selection Made Easy

Posted by Shelly Middleton

Dec 11, 2013 8:01:00 AM

:: 2 minute read ::

Pain Management C armsIf you’ve followed our blog a while, you’ve already read about the key components of a pain management C-arm. You’ve probably also noted that OEC is the most preferred pain management c-arm brand among our customers. So, with all that in mind, how do you decide which OEC model will work best?

There are just a few criteria to consider: Procedures, workflow, and cost. Working out your individual needs in these areas should narrow the choices down.


OEC 9600 vs 9800  

Both the OEC 9600 and 9800 are great choices for a pain managment practitioner. For the most part, either one would do the trick, but there are some particulars that should be noted.

  • The OEC 9800 is generally the best choice if you are looking to perform advanced procedures where higher resolution is required.   
  • Workflow will be a bit faster with the 9800 due to a couple of things– touchscreens and native DICOM to quickly process image to PACS.
  • The 9600 is almost half the cost of the 9800 and, in most pain management situations, will be sufficient. There is no need to pay for more C-Arm than you will actually need or than your budget will allow.  

Super C

Super C Arc DimsThe OEC 9800 and 9600 offer an additional option for those seeking greater OR flexibility in the form of the Super C. If your budget has a little more wiggle room and you feel your site could benefit from greater maneuverability, the Super C may be worth considering.

  • A Super C is preferable for maneuvering a C-arm around larger patients because the C-arm arc depth is slightly larger. It also allows some scans to be done by repositioning the C-Arm instead of the patient. 
  • Having a C-arm angled can provide optimal viewing of the injecting site. A Super C can make that easier because it rotates further around the table. The physician may not have to adjust the C-arm as often, allowing the procedure to complete faster.


Image Intensifier: 9" vs. 12"  

When choosing an II size, the procedures you'll be doing will be the greatest consideration. There is also a price differential, which most pain management practitioners will be able to forego.

  • 9” IIs allow for greater magnification, allowing physicians to see better detail in a smaller area while performing a procedure. This size of II is ideal for pain management, orthopedics and general surgery work.
  • 12” IIs are primarily used for vascular studies. The extra inches allow for studies such as run-offs which cannot be performed in a single run with a 9” system. This advantage is great for vascular work, but is less likely to be used in a standard pain management setting.

Depending on your site's individual needs, there's a great OEC pain management choice for you. Whether you know what that is, or have more questions about making the pick, we're ready to help. Contact us to talk with one of our C-arm experts and learn more.

Pain Management Equipment Guide

Written by Shelly Middleton

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, C-Arm

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