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C-Arm Size Comparison Guide

Posted by Chris Sharrock

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Jul 14, 2020 9:45:00 AM

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After you've made some C-arm decisions about image intensifier size, software packages, generator power, and price, you may also need to consider how much C-arm your facility (and your team) can handle, that is- what C-arm footprint is best for the room you have and the maneuverability you need?

Below is a visual comparison of ten models of full size C-arms in their standard configurations. The systems include larger C-arms like the Siemens Avantic and the OEC 9800 and more compact models like the Philips Pulsera and the Siemens Compact L.



Keep in mind that some C-Arm needs can't be met by compact models. If you're going to need a 12" image intensifier or a generator strong enough for bariatrics, for example, you'll probably need to turn to a model like those pictured in the "large" tier. If your needs will be more along the standard lines (orthopedics, basic surgery, pain management), however, a compact model could be a good fit.

If you have more questions about selecting the best C-arm for your facility, contact us, we're ready to help. If you'd like to learn more on your own, we have more free resources you can turn to:

C-Arm Site Planning: What Size Room Do I Need?

How Much Does A C-Arm Table Cost?

Mini C-Arms vs Full-Size C-Arms


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

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