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C-arms move into 3D, guided by touchscreens, AI

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | April 26, 2021
Operating Room X-Ray
From the April 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


Last month, the company announced FDA clearance of ControlRad Select, its new radiation-reducing platform in the angiography and cath lab space.

ControlRad Select is a retrofit for the Siemens Artis zee interventional imaging system. In preparation for commercial release this spring, ControlRad has entered into an exclusive agreement with Boston Scientific to sell the ControlRad Select technology.

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"With the reach of the Boston Scientific sales team, every cath, EP and IR lab in the country that has a Siemens Artis zee will now have the opportunity to reduce their radiation dose by 85 percent without compromising image quality," said Guillaume Bailliard, chief executive officer of ControlRad.

ControlRad Trace Model 9
The technology for ControlRad Trace and Select utilizes proprietary semi-transparent filters, image processing algorithms and a tablet-based user interface to reduce radiation exposure to the patient and medical staff.

"We believe our technology is vital to reducing radiation exposure in the clinical setting and releasing these two products were huge milestones in offering this potentially lifesaving technology to even more healthcare professionals," said Chris Fair, executive vice president and president of ControlRad.

GE OEC 3D
GE Healthcare
Last year, GE Healthcare released a 31-centimeter-by-31-centimeter flat-panel detector for its OEC One CFD C-arm. The field of view is ideal for imaging long bones of the leg, Dan Strauch, chief marketing officer of GE Healthcare's surgery business

The company also introduced a new touchscreen user interface for the OEC Elite platform, which now has a separate roll stand for surgeons who want more control at the tableside.

“It allows you to really move around control of the system inside the OR, where you really need it,” Strauch said.

The company’s biggest introduction last year was of the OEC 3D, which was presented at RSNA in 2019 as a work in progress. This premium offering is currently 510(k) pending.

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