What Is A C-Arm?

The staff here a Multi Imager often gets asked a variety of questions in regards to surgical c-arms, so we thought we would start out a simple blog series that helps answer those questions. The most commonly asked and researched by individuals, new to mobile c-arm systems is: What is a C-Arm? So we are here today to answer just that.

What Is A C-Arm?

A mobile C-Arm is a medical imaging device that is based on x-ray technology and is used for x-ray in Pain Centers, ER, Hospitals and other Physician offices.

The C-arm was introduced in 1955 and the technology is rapidly changing each year. Today, mobile imaging systems are an crucial part of everyday life: Specialists in fields such as surgery, orthopedics, traumatology, vascular surgery and cardiology use c-arms for imaging during normal procedures. The devices provide high-resolution x-ray images immediately, allowing the physician to monitor progress at any point and can make any immediate corrections. Hospitals, surgical centers, and clinics benefit from cost savings through fewer follow-up operations due to this preventative measure.

Why is it called a C-arm you ask? The name simply comes from the C-shaped arm used to connect the x-ray source (the x-ray tube) and x-ray detector (the image intensifier) to one another.

c-arm-diagram

How Does A C-arm Work?

A c-arm’s general makeup is a generator and an image intensifier or flat-panel detector. The C-shaped connecting allows movement in all directions so that images of the patient can be produced from almost any angle.

The generator emits X-rays that penetrate the patient’s body and the  image intensifier or detector catches the x-ray and converts it into a visible image that is displayed on the C-arm monitor. The physician can identify and check details on the image such as bone structure, blood flow and other various images often captured with x-ray.

Thats pretty much the basics of a surgical c-arm. Be sure to keep checking back as we will be answering more frequently asked questions through out the next few months. Or if you would like to check out all the current c-arm resources you can simply click HERE.

If your interested in purchasing a system please check out our full offering in our c-arm catalog, or simply send us a quote request.