On March 10, Siemens announced that the FDA has approved their newest C-arm units. The product line, called "Cios", will replace the Arcadis family as Siemens' premier C-arm systems. Models include: Cios Fusion, Cios Select, Cios Connect, and a software upgrade to the exisiting Cios Alpha.
We spoke with a Siemens representative about what's different and what users familiar with the Arcadis line will be able to expect from the Cios line. Find out what we learned below, as well as what we think these new additions might mean for the used and refurbished markets.
The initial sample images are "incredible". Our source tells us that the Cios line offers more definition, clarity, and contrast than previous models from the Arcadis line.
Our source also commented on the overall sleeker, lighter design of the new models- particularly the Cios Connect, which, at 547 pounds, promises some big advantages in ease of movement and steering. As our source puts it, the Connect's mobility, "will be a game-changer for many smaller facilities".
The engineering and design teams at Siemens have also made improvements on their previous C-arm interface. According to our source, "They haven’t skimped on capabilities, but have made the interface very user-friendly". The intuitiveness of the new interface is especially apparent on the Cios Select. A March 10 press release from Siemens1 describes the Select as having an, "easy-to-use push button interface for fast workflow".
Our source also commented on striking the balance between advancing technology and affordability saying, "The versatility of the new line from both a technical and price point stance is huge". With the Cios family, Siemens is staying on the forefront of tech while meeting C-arm buyers at several price points.
The Cios Alpha (pictured right) retains its position as Siemens' top-of-the-line C-arm in terms of both technology and cost. According to the press release, the Cios Fusion offers, "the state-of-the-art flat panel detectors of the Cios Alpha in the medium price segment". Both of these models are fully digital.
The compact system, Cios Connect, comes next in line in cost, while Siemens describes the Cios Select as an "entry-level" C-arm system. Both of these models come with image intensifers.
For facilities with budgets that allow for the purchase of brand-new equipment, there are new C-arm options from Siemens that will bring imaging and workflow benefits for every kind of C-arm work from vascular (Cios Alpha or Fusion) to basic surgery (Cios Select).
For facilities that lean toward refurbished equipment, the next year or two will likely be a period of increased availability and declining cost among refurbished Siemens' Arcadis C-arms; the Avantic, Varic, and Orbic. If you'll be in the market soon, checking out the resources below is an easy way to learn more about Siemens C-arms.