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Philips Pulsera C-arms: Three Generations Compared

Posted by Chris Sharrock

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Jun 1, 2012 12:46:00 PM

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 Philips Pulsera Generations

This might sound strange, but for me, the Philips Pulsera C-arm bears an existential significance. Read on, and bear witness to my journey.


I think it’s high time we humans were taken down a peg! We strut around, talking about being “forward-thinking,” “synergistic,” and “efficient,” when, in fact, we’re one of the slowest species on Earth!

For all our brain power and philosophizing, it still takes us eighteen years (if we're lucky) to even learn how to talk to the opposite sex, nine months to grow our offspring in the womb, and an average of twelve to eighteen hours bearing them in the delivery room. By the time we’ve brought on a single generation, most of Earth’s other species will have procreated dozens, if not hundreds, of times.

To our credit though, when we lag behind biologically, we offer compensatory gestures technologically. The humans at Philips, for example, brought about three generations of their popular Pulsera c-arms in only five years, and each has been more feature-rich than the last.

The Vitals

Here’s the rundown on the evolution of the Philips Pulsera C-arm over the fruitful 1.1 decades since the line's inception.

  1st Generation 2nd Generation 2.3/2.8
Years of Manufacture 2001-2005 2005-2006 2006-Present
Monitor Type CRT Flat-Panel Flat Panel Touchscreen
Imaging Matrix 512 x 512 1,000 x 1,000 1,000 x 1,000
Media Input Floppy Disk CD Burner USB/CD Burner
Footprint Bulky- Cart and C-arm Reduced Cart, same size C-arm  Scaled down Cart and C-arm


first_generation_Philips_Pulsera 2nd Generation Pulsera

1st Generation

2nd Generation

3rd Generation Pulsera

 3rd Generation

In addition to improvements on the features compared above, the 3rd generation 2.3 and 2.8 Pulseras sport a few other noteworthy features like:

-Flat-panel touchscreens fold together for safe and compact storage
-Dosewise low-dose mode for reduced radiation
-3D imaging upgradability


With the exception of the unfortunate custard-like yellow accent color on the knobs and handles, which seems to stick to the Pulsera line like... well... custard, Philips has managed not only to cultivate reproduction in their c-arms but also adaptation into an increasingly user-friendly fluoroscopy unit.

Philips Pulsera c-arms certainly don't have the market penetration of the competing OEC c-arm breeds, but their quick technological adaptation (surpassing higher-selling competitors in some cases) and more affordable pricing has kept them viable and well worth considering if one is in the market for a used or refurbished c-arm.

As far as compensating for humanity's reproductive tarrying, Philips has made good with a steady stream of quality c-arm technology. In recognition of their good work, I might need to rescind my opening statements in part and keep in mind the principle of "quality over quantity".

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Written by Chris Sharrock

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Chris Sharrock is the Vice President of Equipment Solutions at Block Imaging. Sometimes referred to as the “The C-Arm Guy”, Chris has a passion for music, fitness and genuinely enjoys helping others make decisions about c-arms and fluoroscopy equipment. You can download Chris’ very popular “C-Arm Buyer’s Guide” or connect with him here.

Topics: C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment, Used Medical Imaging Equipment

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