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3.5 Key Components of a Great Pain Management C-Arm

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A lot can happen in five years; our babies can be out of the crib and in the classroom, a president can come and go, the lustrous locks of our mahogany hairline can retreat like Napoleon at Waterloo, or, on a societal level, people can turn increasingly to internet content for the information they need.

Regardless of your parental status, political affiliation, or the appearance of your head relative to a certain billiard ball, the turn to the internet is undoubtedly true for the majority of us. Case in point: you’re reading this article right now! So let’s cut to the chase and talk about your Pain Management C-arm needs.

Over our last five years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with pain management specialists around the nation. That opportunity has let us hear what specialists want/need in a C-arm and help them balance and prioritize equipment, technology and software options, accessories, financing options, and more. If you or your site is in the pain management market, we’d like to share with you some basic points that always come up in the process of C-arm shopping. 

The following are just a few keys to making a great C-arm purchase for pain management applications.

 1. Image Intensifier Size

The most common C-arm II sizes are 9” and 12” (Siemens makes a 13” as well). Though most C-arms are tri-mode and collimate down for smaller views, the 9” is far and away the most popular. 12” IIs are most often used for vascular applications and might be overkill for pain management.

 2. Regular “C” versus Super “C”

Within the OEC line there are two different C-arm sizes. The Super C is slightly larger and has the ability to rotate further around the table. This especially comes in handy for physicians who will be serving heavier patients. 

3. Rotating Anode Tube

This feature allows the user to run fluoro scans longer and at higher kV without overheating the X-ray tube. This flexibility is important for scanning overweight patients or when performing lateral procedures and far exceeds the capabilities of the stationary anode tube.  

3.5 Refurbished Equipment

With third-party vendors offering commitment to OEM performance and full parts and labor warranties, refurbished equipment is a great way to save significant capital dollars. Oh yeah, and the reimbursement is just the same!

There are definitely more than 3.5 factors to consider when preparing to purchase a C-arm for a pain management facility, but the points above should give first-time buyers a solid foundation of features to ask after as they contact prospective sellers. If you know any additional information that would assist pain managers in selecting the perfect C-arm for their specialty, please share below in our comments section.

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