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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

“Before, there was a fixed time of five minutes,” said Mike Orthner, a Turner Imaging product manager. “We found that in certain surgeries, it takes that long for specific tasks, so we listened to our customer and let them adjust it.”

The company also made overall image quality Improvements and has been promoting the capability of its C-arms to allow pushing images over Wi-Fi or cellular. The feature has been used by the NFL to consult with surgeons located elsewhere before putting players back in the game.

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Turner also introduced a novel sterile drape for the C-arm tablet that allows the surgeon or OR staff to use the tablet in the sterile field.

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Ziehm Imaging
At this year’s ECR, Ziehm Imaging is releasing a new C-arm variant with a larger 30-kilowatt generator. The system is designed to enable a mobile catch lab for cardiovascular procedures.

The company is the first to have a system with a 30-kilowatt generator on the market, versus its 2.4-kilowatt generator class, said Martin Ringholz, director of global marketing for Ziehm Imaging.

“Typically there’s a lot of pressure on an existing OR,” Ringholz said. “If you have a lack of square footage, it’s easy to fit in. They can shift it to another existing OR and increase the caseload without having construction work.”

In July of last year, Ziehm Imaging acquired French-based imaging software developer Therenva. The merger will allow more seamless integration of the software company’s preoperative CT data fusion system with Ziehm’s C-arms.

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