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C-arms continue to slim down

Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | March 16, 2020
From the March 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The new platform is dedicated to lower radiation dose, with specialized filtration including improved dose management algorithms, and includes the first mini C-arm with a specific indication for pediatric use, with 60 to 84% dose reduction over the company's FD Pulse.

“There has been a lot of good interest and excitement around the pediatric application,” said Travis Prikryl, vice president of surgical sales at Orthoscan. “While it’s still going to be primarily used for orthopedics, we have seen surgeons using it beyond that.”

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Notable children's facilities in New England and California have been using the new TAU family, Prikryl said.

Philips Zenition
Last May, Philips started marketing its Zenition mobile C-arm, a mobile C-arm platform bringing the technology for image capture and processing that was used on the Philips Azurion platform to mobile C-arm systems.

This year, the company has two new additions to the Zenition platform.

There is a new tableside user interface, which surgeons can use to operate the C-arm inside the sterile field, reducing the need to communicate with the operator, said Daniel Milliken, vice president of global marketing and strategy for image-guided therapy at Philips.

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has also been integrated for peripheral vascular procedures, to help improve workflow in the OR.

The company also introduced the Azurion FlexArm, which makes it easier for the clinician to perform imaging across the whole patient in both 2D and 3D, identifying changes to the patient during complex interventional procedures.

As the clinician moves the system, the image beam automatically maintains alignment with the patient, allowing more consistent visualization and enabling them to keep their focus on the treatment, Milliken said.

“It enables physicians to treat patients on positions they wouldn’t be able to previously, with multiple pivot points,” Milliken said.

In December, Philips announced the millionth procedure on the FlexArm platform, and a recent study found a 30% reduction in C-arm positioning, Milliken said.

In May, Philips launched IntraSight, a new interventional applications platform. The secure, application-based platform offers a comprehensive suite of iFR, FFR, IVUS and co-registration modalities meant to simplify complex interventions and speed up routine procedures.

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