Best C-Arm for Orthopedic Office – Mini-C or Full Sized C-Arm
Some are easy… If a pain management doctor is looking for a C-Arm, we’d recommend a full-sized C-Arm. For a hand specialist, a Mini C-Arm would be the obvious choice. But in between, I have learned that many orthopedic offices are not so easy to pick which might be a better fit.
General orthopedic offices can often take imaging of Hands, Elbows, Feet, Ankles, Shoulders, Hips, & more.
The Mini C-Arm can definitely handle all extremities and some shoulders, as long as they are not too thick. But a hip is where the Mini C-Arm waves a little white flag, and you would need to wheel in a full-sized C-Arm. But isn’t a full-sized C-Arm more expensive & so much bigger? They can be. But that also depends…
First, let’s talk about space. While a Mini C-Arms has a smaller footprint, it may not necessarily save you space if you’re setting up a procedure room with it.
- Do you have or need an X-ray Room? Many orthopedic offices have an X-Ray Room with a traditional X-Ray system and DR panels. So if you have the space for a full X-Ray Room, you can often utilize the same space for the C-Arm.
- No X-ray Room but would like to start procedures using a Mini C-Arm. While the Mini C-Arm is significantly smaller in size, the amount of space it takes over when setting up a procedure room is not much different than a full-size C-Arm.
- Diagnostic only. If you’re looking into the Mini C-Arm solely for diagnostic use and do not plan on doing any procedures and there’s no need for an X-ray Room, compact mini C-Arm options such as Smart-C or Mobile DI might be the best option. These units are perfect for diagnostic use because they take even less room than typically Mini C-Arm designed for surgical / procedure use.
- Lastly, while Mini C-Arm has a very small footprint when in storage mode (monitor lowered & C-Arm tucked in), the space requirement increases by 50~70% when you decide to use it.
There’s almost no argument that handling imaging & procedures in-house increases revenue & retains clients. So with that goal in mind, here are a few ways a full-sized C-Arm could be the best C-Arm for an Orthopedic office.
- Ability to handle all Imaging, including Shoulders, Hips, and even Spine.
- C-Arm could be used in lieu of X-ray Room to take X-ray images.
- Ability to do any orthopedic procedure
- Giving you a much bigger Field of View, making it easier to get imaging even on extremities
- There are new brands of affordable full-size C-Arms in the market that are priced similar to Mini C-Arm.
So if you run an Orthopedic office that may need to image Shoulders or Hips AND you either have an X-Ray room and/or thinking of having an X-Ray room along with a Mini C-Arm, a full-sized C-Arm is something to consider. By no means am I trying to say all orthopedic offices need a full-sized C-Arm, but I can’t help but notice the potential need for a full-sized C-Arm. Perhaps you might find a perfect hybrid solution that works perfectly for your office!
How much the price
All depends on which unit you’re looking at. :) Here’s a link to price range guideline that might help: https://jayxray.com/x-rays/c-arm-buyers-guide/c-arm-price-range-guideline/
We have 25 year old C arm; you might want to stop by and check it out for space and recommendations on new or one that would work with our EMR and get some price quotes.
Sounds good! Looking forward to helping you!