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How to Delete Patient Data from an OEC 9400 C-Arm

Posted by Jordan Batterbee

Feb 27, 2012 1:38:00 PM

:: 1 minute read ::

oec 9400 c arm how to delete patient data hipaa complianceSaying Farewell?

Are the rumors true? Are you really relocating your OEC 9400 C-Arm to a different facility? Say it ain’t so! You and “Big Tan” have been through so much. You spent the 90’s together for crying out loud!

Well, I suppose if you really love something, you have to be ready to let it go.

Speaking of the 90’s, if you’ll recall, President Clinton passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) back in ’96. So if you’re serious about letting someone else take Big Tan home, you won’t want to let him out the door without removing your old images and patient records from his hard drive (See HIPAA Compliance When Selling Medical Imaging Equipment... Delete Patient Data!).

4 steps to erase ALL of that data from your OEC 9400:

  1. Boot the system with the 9400 Service Boot Disk. If you don’t have one, click here to talk to a parts representative about ordering one.

  1. When the disk boots to the A: prompt, type the following commands at the prompt (note the spaces and hit [enter] after each one)

    • C:

    • del shotlog.dat

    • del header.dat

    • del patient.dat

  1. Remove disk.

  1. Reboot system.


Again, this will delete ALL patient data. So please make sure this is what you really want to do! Unfortunately, it is not possible to delete only select files.


There you have it; there are the steps to tossing out the metaphorical “family album” that you and Big Tan have accumulated over the years. Removing that information will keep you compliant with federal HIPAA requirements and make the separation easier on both of you. I’m sure those memories were bittersweet anyway. I hope you and your new C-Arm are happy together.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an uncontrollable urge to listen to “Dust in the Wind”.

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Written by Jordan Batterbee

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Jordan Batterbee is the SEO Copywriter at Block Imaging. He loves to research, write, and help others get clear, concise, and (hopefully) fun answers to their medical imaging questions.

Topics: Selling Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Service, C-Arm, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

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