There are a lot of options out there when it comes to selecting the best C-arm for your practice's needs. Doing the legwork and considering all the specifications can be a little daunting and, most certainly, a little time-consuming.
This is exactly why we're writing this blog to give a straight answer to one of the questions we hear the most: Which C-arm image intensifier (II) size is the best for orthopedics?
What will you be doing?
Because orthopedics is such a relatively broad field, there are any number of studies that could be used to justify the purchase of pretty much any II size. The decision will ultimately come down to what you intend to focus on.
If your primary areas of interest will be things like extremities and the spine, a 9" II will be an excellent fit for those studies. Smaller IIs allow for higher levels of magnification, making them more suitable for smaller, more finely detailed anatomical areas.
If you intend to do a lot of work on larger bone areas like the hips or pelvis, a 12" II is the typical choice. The larger field of view the 12" provides allows physicians to see significantly more anatomy in a single scan.
The Price Difference
The price difference between 9” and 12” IIs has dropped significantly ove the last two years. This is primarily due to a bumper crop of 12" systems on the secondary market. As a result, pricing has become more competitive. Specific numbers will vary based on model, system age, tube/II age, and software packages, but if you've got your eye on a 12" system, now is a prime time to start getting quotes.
The Next Step
Regardless of your specialty, we're here to help you get the best C-arm for your facility's needs. For a quote, or answers to any other questions you might have, contact us to talk to one of our C-arm experts.
If you'd prefer to keep learning on your own, we have plenty of resources for that too. Check out our library of C-arm blogs, videos, and ebooks!