Ahead of even some full-size C-arm manufacturers, Orthoscan has been leading the way in flat detector (FD) C-arm technology for the better part of a decade with their digital mini C-arm product, the Orthoscan FD. For surgeons operating on extremities, veterinary surgeons, researchers, and medical education facilities, mini C-arm machines are an immensely valuable tool. In light of the many ways mini C-arms can serve, and in light of the increased emergence of Orthoscan FD minis on the secondary market, some specialists are wondering if now is the time to invest in upgrading their equipment stables to include one. To help you decide if an Orthoscan FD is a good fit for your facility, we'll go over the pros and cons of purchasing one below.
Orthoscan FD Pros
There are a number of significant advantages to using an Orthoscan FD. A few of the most prominent are listed here:
- The arm of the FD has a 22% greater arc depth than other mini models, giving it a higher degree of rotation and flexibility.
- The FD has a smaller overall footprint than most other mini models.
- The adjustable monitor boom arm offers more flexibility than most mini models.
- As with any digital fluoroscopy system, FD users can move between magnification modes without reducing their field of view (4" and 6" options on the Orthoscan FD).
- The FD's 2K x 1.5K matrix offers better resolution than the 1K x 1K standard among image intensifier (II)-based minis
- Because OrthoScan was the first manufacturer to offer a mini C-arm with a flat detector, there are systems available on the secondary market. Many other manufacturers have developed their FD minis more recently, meaning those systems won't be available used for some time yet and will command brand-new, OEM prices.
Orthoscan FD Cons
There's really only one significant con to using an Orthoscan FD: its cost compared to II systems. In terms of up-front purchase price, an FD is likely to cost about 20 - 30% more than a mini C with an II. In terms of service, a digital detector is a much more expensive part to replace than an II, so service coverage (a wise precaution for any system with a detector) will also be more expensive.
While just about any mini C-arm user stands to benefit from better resolution, a higher degree of rotation, and more overall flexibility in the OR, only careful consideration of a facility's clinical needs and budgetary position can determine whether or not the purchase of an Orthoscan FD is a good fit. For facilities that predict a lower case volume, ROI on an Orthoscan FD could be a longer time coming. An II system like the OEC 6800 may be a better value in cases like that. If, however, your work has you dealing with hands and feet frequently, an FD can be a strong value proposition that improves your workload on a daily basis.
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Written by Gary Dodge
Gary Dodge is a C-Arm Product Specialist at Block Imaging. His role is to help C-arm buyers select their best equipment fit with confidence. Outside the office, Gary is a father of five and an outdoor sports enthusiast, enjoying the swim, run, and bike disciplines of triathlon.