A C-arm is a medical imaging device that is based on X-ray technology. The name comes from the C-shaped arm used to connect the X-ray source and X-ray detector to one another.  The C-arm technology has developed rapidly. Today, mobile imaging systems are a necessary part of everyday hospital life. Specialists in fields such as orthopedics, surgery, traumatology, vascular surgery and cardiology are using C-arms for intraoperative imaging.

The device provides high-resolution X-ray images in real time, in this way, allowing the physician to monitor the progress at any point during the operation and immediately make any corrections that may be required. Therefore the treatment results are better and patients recover rapidly. Hospital benefits from cost savings through less follow-up operations and from minimized installation efforts. You can get more information about used c arms in this aticle.


What to Consider Before Purchase

Deciding to purchase a C-Arm is very simple, but choosing which one is right for your practice can be little difficult. Without having enough knowledge, the search process can become  overload with the wide variety of brands, sizes and costs involved. If you are specialized in interventional pain management services, cardiac or orthopaedic services, then we recommend that you go all out and get the full size of C-arm.


Yes, size does matter. C-Arms come in different sizes. Knowing the size of the image intensifier is always a good initial step. You should also know  the size of your power generator . Power generator should be strong enough for your procedures. For example, A 15 kW generator will penetrate deeper than a 7.5 kW generator. A bigger size C makes it easier to work with larger patients.

Image Quality

Higher resolution C-Arm provides sharper images that are easier to read. The resolution of a C-Arm varies and the more lines per inch. Not all procedures require the highest resolution.


The equipment is only as good as the warranty. A service plan with a warranty is a must. Make sure the coverage includes parts and labour

Site planning / measuring

Measuring out the expected site where you plan to place the C-Arm is extremely important  to selecting the size and type of C-Arm. Be sure the C-arm is housed in a room that provides enough clearance so that you can manipulate the C-arm to get a better view without having to move the patient.

Free Space

Allow for enough free space. There should be a  free space for the area between the image intensifier and x-ray tube. You will  need to be able to adjust it for the best possible image output.

Rental over Purchase

In some cases, renting a C arm unit may be a better option. Before you decide to purchase, you may want to take this machine on rent for a short period of time so that you can fully see its value.

Overall, the C arm has proven to be a very beneficial device in many health care facilities which makes it a very helpful tool in terms of diagnosis. Before purchasing   C-arm machine, be sure to get more information about the unit for your facility.