Siemens has just announced that their flat detector (FD) C-arm, the CIOS Alpha, has been cleared by the FDA for sale in the US. This is great news for Siemens and marks the emergence of another installment in an excellent line of products available to US users.
The Alpha brings a slew of desirable features to the table:
- 12” x 12” digital detector
- 1.5k x 1.5k RETNIA imaging chain
- Touchscreen interface
- Draw-on landmarking and on-screen annotation
- And more
Of course, along with all of these new features, the Alpha carries a hefty price tag. For facilities with a budget to match, the Alpha can offer next-generation imaging right now. For most others, getting their hands on a CIOS Alpha will look more like this:
If a facility purchases a brand-new CIOS Alpha and can’t handle the payments, the system could be repossessed and potentially marketed to used equipment buyers. A facility closing or consolidation could also result in some late-model equipment needing a new home.
End of lease
If an Alpha were on lease and the lessor did not renew, there could be an opportunity to find a unit with just a few years of use on it. A lease term for a C-arm is typically 36 - 60 months. In the case of equipment this new, you can probably count on 60.
Displaced by something newer
With C-arm technology advancing at the rate it has been, it is unlikely that the Alpha will be displaced any time soon, but the possibility exists (however remote).
The bottom line on availability
Used CIOS Alphas will be rarities on the used market for the next year or two. At the three year mark, a slow trickle will probably begin. Five years from now, the supply will become more stable, but competition among buyers will still be quite high.
Other FD options
There are some other FD C-arm models that were approved for sale everywhere prior to the CIOS Alpha. Because of this, they’re likely to start turning up on the used market a little sooner. The Philips Veradius and the Ziehm Vision FD fall into this category, but are still several years away from any kind of stable used supply.
Ultimately, those of you seriously considering a CIOS Alpha will either need to bite the bullet and pay top dollar, or keep an extremely close eye on the used market for the very few that will turn up in the near future.
If you need a C-arm upgrade sooner, we’re happy to talk with you about other options that are available now. Contact us to learn more or check out any of our free C-arm resources.