The perfect storm of aging equipment and limited budgets has left many hospitals and surgery centers feeling helpless when it comes to making necessary upgrades to their surgical C-arms. For starters, it can be difficult to gain buy-in for expensive technology investments at a time when many departmental and organizational budgets are shrinking. Plus, standardizing an entire fleet of C-arms—especially considering various system models and service agreements—is no simple task.
The good news is that there are options to help even the most cost-conscious facilities upgrade their equipment. Depending on your circumstances, renting a C-arm or upgrading an entire fleet of C-arms may be the ‘out-of-the box’ solution your organization needs.
Of course, imaging and surgery professionals must also consider the clinical and operational aspects of an upgrade. Within surgical C-arms, the industry is on the brink of a systemic shift away from traditional image intensifiers to flat panel detector technology.