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Rapport spécial : La technologie de C-Bras est dans une race de pied

par Olga Deshchenko, DOTmed News Reporter | April 04, 2011
From the April 2011 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


“We would rather concentrate on the quality of care, which includes radiation dose, and go with today’s best option, which is still an image intensifier, until that superior flat panel is available,” says Shrawder.

In May of 2009, GE began shipping its OEC 9900 Elite C-Arm. By November, the company reported that it shipped more than 2,300 units across the United States.

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Another II proponent, Siemens Healthcare, says its customers are asking questions about FD technology on mobile systems, but that’s as far as it goes.

In addition to the significant price difference between FD and II systems, there seems to be a lack of “clinical value” in this particular technology, says Herbert Westin, senior director, product marketing for surgery and urology with Siemens. Before investing in an FD mobile C-Arm, physicians are interested in learning about the difference it stands to make for their patients.

Siemens has most recently made improvements to its Siremobil Compact L, an II system for orthopedics, trauma surgery and general surgery applications.

Is there a final verdict?
OEMs and providers may not share the same point of view about the readiness of FD for mobile C-Arms today, but one thing is for sure – it’s the way of the future. At this time, most industry experts agree that it’s a matter of when, not if.

One of the most significant challenges to FD adoption is lack of capital. For hospitals, it means working to extend the life of existing equipment. For OEMs, it requires making a case for the long-term value of an FD system in tough times.

Still, as more OEMs enter the market with their versions of FD mobile C-Arms and the price of detectors goes down, more hospitals, orthopedic practices and ambulatory centers will have the ability to acquire the technology.

In addition to FD, physicians are also interested in dose reduction capabilities, 3D imaging and integration and wireless connectivity in the OR. Minimally invasive surgeries are expected to grow both in volume and type of procedures.

Differences between the veteran II and newcomer FD technologies aside, experts say the mobile C-Arm market will stay in good health. “There’s substantial growth ahead, particularly in markets around the world that are developing economically and are advancing in their standard of care,” says GE’s Shrawder.



DOTmed Registered C-Arm Sales & Service Companies
Names in boldface are Premium Listings.
Domestic
Terry Stiff, Capital X-Ray, Inc., AL
John Stringer, The Stringer CO, AL
Erin Hart, OrthoScan, Inc, AZ
Jae Kim, Genoray America Inc., CA
Ike Balian, Imaging3, CA
Jaime Munoz, Jaco Medical Equipment Inc, CA
Ted Huss, Medical Imaging Resources, CA
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
James Flores, ZRG Inc., CA
Christine Holland, Parker Medical, Inc., CT
John(JB) Brant, Amber Diagnostics, FL
DM 100
Moshe Alkalay, Hi Tech Int'l Group, FL
DOTmed Certified
David Denholtz, Integrity Medical Systems, Inc., FL
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
Ed Ruth, Managed Medical Imaging, FL
Bill Adkins, National X-Ray Corporation, FL
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
German Filgueira, Poder, Inc, FL
DOTmed Certified
Larry Sprague, Imaging Resources, GA
Sherman Weston, U.S. Imaging, Inc., GA
Richard Fosco, HealthWare, Inc., IL
DOTmed Certified
John Lee, United Radiology Systems, Inc., IL
Michael Allman, Kentucky Medical Laboratory, KY
Stuart Ancelet, SouthMed Imaging LLC, LA
Kevin Blaser, Coast to Coast Medical, MA
Davyn McGuire, Med Exchange International, Inc., MA
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
Robert Gaw, Physicians Resource Network, MA
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
Troy Joncas, Surgical Tables Inc, MA
Wayne Horsman, Columbia Imaging Inc, MD
DM 100
Chris Sharrock, Block Imaging International, Inc., MI
DM 100
Tony Orlando, Complete Medical Services, MI
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
Dan Wheeler, Transtate Equipment Company, NC
DM 100
Alison Fortin, Global Inventory Management, LLC, NH
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
Ryan Gilday, Clinical Imaging Systems, NJ
DM 100
Robert Manetta, Nationwide Imaging Services Inc., NJ
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
Joseph Jenkins, International Imaging Ltd, NV
Kristopher Derentz, Kenquest Medical, NV
DOTmed Certified
Jeff Weiss, Atlantis Worldwide, LLC, NY
DM 100
Matthew Blaustein, Bluestone Diagnostics, Inc., NY
Brian Schumer, Crown Medical Systems, LLC, NY
Marc Todd, Longevity, LLC, NY
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
Leon Gugel, Metropolis International, NY
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
Kenneth Saltrick, Engineering Services, OH
DOTmed Certified
Charles Patti, NCD Medical Corporation, OH
Richard Stock, Radiological Imaging Services, PA
DOTmed Certified
Tye Jones, CMS Imaging, SC
Ken Smith, Traco Medical, Inc., SD
DOTmed Certified
Mike Jackson, Combined Imaging Associates, TN
David Wingo, Kelley X-Ray Company, TN
DOTmed Certified
Carlos Castro, Mobile C-arm Services, TX
Robert Woodward, TransAmerican Medical Imaging, UT
DM 100
Kelly Phipps, Core Medical Imaging, WA
Mark Manum, Philips Healthcare, WA

International
David Lapenat, ANDA Medical Inc., Canada
DOTmed Certified
DM 100
Frank Guorong,Guangzhou Dododo Medical Equipment Service, China
Martin Herzmann, Ziehm Imaging, Germany
Bhanu Verma, Byonic Medical Systems, India
Angel Morales, Martinez, Mexico
Ikram Baig, Amarant Medical Technologies, Pakistan
Garcia Solana Sergio, Rx-Eco Servitek, Spain








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