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OEC 9800 Cardiac C-Arms vs. OEC 9800 Neurovascular C-Arms

Posted by Chris Sharrock

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Aug 21, 2012 9:56:00 AM

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If you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between an OEC 9800 Cardiac C-Arm and an OEC 9800 Neurovascular (Neuro) C-Arm, prepare yourself to never do that again.

The features that set these two apart are subtle, but significant, like the differences between a bobcat and a lynx, strawberry jelly and strawberry jam, mostaccioli and penne. You can perform a good deal of the same work on either of these c-arm machines, but each of them sports some unique features that may or may not be deal breakers as you venture forward into making a C-arm purchasing decision.

OEC 9800 Cardiac C-Arm vs OEC 9800 Neurovascular C-Arm 

What’s the Same?

Among other things…

  • Rotating anode X-ray tube
  • Iris collimator
  • Roadmapping
  • Digital subtraction
  • 1K x 1K resolution
  • Digital spot
  • Pulsed fluoro
  • Standard 30 frames per second


What’s Different?

Most importantly…

  • The Cardiac software platform includes the Neuro platform, but the Neuro platform does not include the Cardio
  • All Cardiacs are 9800 Super Cs, but only some Neuros are
  • A Cardiac has a single-leaf collimator while a Neuro has a dual-leaf
  • Cardiacs come standard with a three-pedal footswitch
  • In the Cardiac menu, the third footswitch pedal can be used to record cine
  • Cardiacs have an x-ray heat management cooling system and a heat exchanger. Some later model Neuros also have this feature, but Cardiacs have had it throughout their production run
  • Cardiacs are rarer and more expensive
  • Using a Cardiac requires the use of a Jazz Drive, a self-contained optical storage device that was once popular for c-arms but became obsolete fairly quickly. Jazz drives are removable and not required with the use of a Neuro


The Takeaway

As I said before, these differences may or may not apply to the particulars of your site’s patient load, but unless you’re deep in the cardiac care trenches, the 9800 Neurovascular emerges as the more sensible choice. Not only can the 9800 Neuro perform the majority of the studies a 9800 Cardiac can, the system costs less and is more readily available on the secondary market.

Sure; a lynx is a bit bigger than a bobcat, jam has a little more actual fruit in it than jelly, and the ridges on penne hold the marinara a little better than the smooth sides of mostaccioli, but is the difference colossal? Only to zoologists, picky kids, and real Italians. In other words: if you’re not a cardiac specialist, the OEC 9800 Neurovascular c-arm will do you just fine.

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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: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Solutions, C-Arm

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