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OEC 9800 MD: Pros and Cons

Posted by Chris Sharrock

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Apr 18, 2013 9:48:00 PM

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OEC 9800 MD

If you've spent even a little time in the world of c-arms, you know that the OEC 9800 is a very popular system that comes in a lot of flavors (9800, 9800 Plus, 9800 Super C, etc.). Each variation has some features that set it apart, but the one that's, perhaps, the most unique is also one of the least common: The OEC 9800 MD.

What? You don't know this one yet? Clearly we have a few things to talk about.

The OEC 9800 MD C-Arm:

The 9800 MD is a C-arm with motor-driven c movements, controlled via joystick (think cath lab-style). The wheels of the unit are still controlled and propelled manually, but orbital, wig-wag, flip-flop, and rotational movements can be manipulated from the workstation.


OEC 9800 MD JoystickOEC 9800 MD Motor









The MD eliminates the need for an additional tech to reposition the C during procedures. This convenience can free up valuable staff for other tasks in your facility.

The joystick allows all C positioning to be made one-handed and from the same spot. In facilities that operate their c-arms in smaller rooms, this can help relieve the workflow constraints imposed by tight quarters.

Going motor-driven also offers an image intensifier (II) configuration you won't find in manually-driven 9800s. A standard 9800 Super C only comes with a 9" II. MD Super Cs are available with either 9" or 12" IIs.



On the downside, overall movement is slower compared to manual positioning. See the video below for a demonstration of the movement range and speed.

Another con of the 9800 MD is an increase in price over other 9800s. The extra features of the motor and the joystick increase the cost of both the initial purchase and parts and repairs.

As with any equipment, the pros and cons of the OEC 9800 MD should be weighed carefully by anyone considering buying one. If you need to know more before you decide or would like the help of one of a c-arm expert, that's exactly what we're here for! Contact us with the button below to get answers, consultation, and prices on the very best C-arm for you.

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, C-Arm, Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment

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