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GE OEC 9800 C-Arm

The GE OEC 9800 C-Arm was first launched in 1999. Its main goal was to help protect those at risk with enhanced visibility via fluoroscopy for medical procedures.

It boasts sizable 9-inch and 12-inch image intensifiers. It also has a passive tube cooling system, and a 5-kilowatt rotating anode X-ray tube. The GE OEC 9800 has a large tube capacity of as high as 300,000 HU.

Additional features are:

  • A smaller focal spot
  • 8 pulses per second
  • Dual 16-inch CRT monitors
  • DICOM that can connect to a PACS system
  • Storage capacity of 1,000
  • Cost efficiency compared to other CRM systems available
  • Automatic bright stabilization
  • Auto-track
  • Smart window
  • Smart metal tungsten collimator
  • Digital subtraction and geography

Key Benefits Of The GE OEC 9800

Imaging Models

The GE OEC 9800 model is proven to provide extended imaging models. This includes pulsed fluoro mode, fluoro mode, high-level pulsed fluoro, digital CNA pulse mode, digital spot mode, and radiographic mode.


A rotating X-ray tube allows the system to last long enough for complicated neurovascular and cardiac procedures. The durable mechanical apparatus’s longevity is no concern.

Effortless Positioning

Smooth maneuverability and wheeling are other benefits of its versatile positioning system.

What Is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a technique using X-rays to get real-time imagery of a patient’s anatomy. It allows physicians to see inside the human body and ensure they properly position instruments, devices, and manipulate anatomy.

It can minimize complications and enhance patient outcomes. Common procedures performed with fluoroscopy include angiography.

Diagnosis And Blockage Assessment

This helps to visualize blood vessels to identify symptoms of narrowing or blockages. It can show the dye moving through the blood vessels to highlight the blockage.

Barium Studies

The patient drinks a solution containing barium. Thus their intestines, stomach, esophagus, and other parts of the digestive tract show up on the X-rays to demonstrate abnormalities that might require an operation.

Spinal Injections

The physician will use fluoroscopy to guide the needle and properly place it to deliver medication. This is common with epidural injections and nerve blocks.

Joint Injections

When injecting something into the hip, shoulder, or knee joints, physicians can use X-ray fluoroscopy to treat arthritis and other related conditions.

X-Ray /  Fluoroscopy-Enabled Procedures

Bone marrow biopsies, liver biopsies, and other types of biopsies require proper needle positioning to extract a sample of the tissue.

Catheterization Procedures

Fluoroscopy is used to correctly position a pacemaker and in other procedures like angioplasty.

Stent Placement

Small metal stents are placed in the blocked or narrowing blood vessels via fluoroscopy.

To summarize, fluoroscopy is a non-invasive way of visualizing inside the patient’s body. Since X-rays carry small amounts of radiation, it is typically not deemed negative to the patient’s health. However, doctors should always have a conversation with their patients beforehand about the benefits and risks of this approach.


Surgical C-arm Machines

A surgical C-arm machine is a medical imaging device that offers continuous X-ray imaging by being able to smoothly rearrange the X-ray tube /  image detector for surgical procedures.

You can gain better accuracy and precision for visualizing any part of the patient’s anatomy, no matter the size of the operating room. C-arms are commonly used for interventional pain management, spinal orthopedics and other procedures.

For instance, it can be used for kyphoplasty, spinal fusions and joint injections. It can also be used for interventional pain management, such as spinal cord stimulation, epidural injections and radiofrequency ablation. In conclusion, they are valuable for a variety of procedures, since they can be maneuvered based on the surgeon’s needs.

Differences Between C-Arm Equipment Armed With Image Intensifiers And Those Equipped With Flat Panel Detectors

With a flat panel detector (FPD), your C-Arm has a solid state device that uses an array of photodiodes to convert X-rays.

These are then processed to create the image. They provide superior high dynamic range, low noise, and high contrast. Furthermore, ambient light does not affect these images as much. They provide high-speed imaging, which is essential for trauma imaging or angiography.

With image intensifiers, the X-ray is converted onto a phosphor screen that emits light from which the image can be captured. This can provide better spatial resolution and very fast image acquisition time while offering lower radiation. Still, light sources in the room could affect the image quality.

Why Should Medical Providers Invest In Surgical C-Arms?


There are several reasons why a medical provider can benefit from a surgical C arm:

Enhance Patient Outcomes

X-ray imaging allows medical providers to make better decisions during operations, to reduce complications.

Better Efficiency

The surgical CRM increases efficiency during the procedure, reducing time.


A surgical CRM can be used for a variety of procedures in different departments throughout your medical facility.

Better Image Quality

X-ray images provide precise surgical operations. Ultimately, you need to visualize the anatomy with as much detail as possible to be effective.

Patient Comfort

With enhanced positioning, you can ensure the patient is comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Additionally, you maintain visibility inside the patient’s anatomy, which reduces the size of the incision that must be made.

Factors To Consider When Purchasing A Surgical C-Arm


Your C-arm should be compatible with various equipment like your X-ray table or operating room table. This reduces the risk of versatility issues with various operations.

Fluoroscopy Time

Most X-ray images or fluoroscopy time are more desirable because they allow you to engage in more complex procedures without being interrupted.


All of the C-arms provided by RGS Healthcare offer full mobility. This allows you to maintain visibility from different angles of the patient’s anatomy. This increases comfort and minimizes risks and complications from the surgery.

Easy To Use

You shouldn’t have to be a technology expert to use the intuitive controls of a C-arm. We distribute C-arms with user-friendly interfaces that reduce errors and the learning curve for effectively performing a procedure.