Ever since digital technology came into being, it has given rise to numerous amazing innovations in the medical sector. One of those innovations is the mini C-arm, which functions on the basis of digital electronics while offering such benefits that did not exist years back. The advanced C-arm possesses special features such as digital imaging technology, easy portability and image accessibility at varied spots at once. Also, this technology allows transmission of images from one place to another without hampering the image quality.
The C-arm system is based on fluoroscopy imaging. DNA may be transformed by the x-rays, which lead to atom ionization that results in free electron movement i.e. produces current. Around 3-6mA current value is used to conduct the fluoroscopy, which uses around 80-125kVp voltage. How the x-ray is produced depends on the current passing via x-ray tube, but an increase in voltage may increase the sensitivity.
Components of Fluoroscopy
The voltages and currents can be adjusted through the x-ray generator’s x-ray tube, which works to turn electrical energy into a beam of x-ray. The collimator uses blades to determine this beam, while the patient table along with pad supports the patient’s body, minimizing the x-ray attenuation alongside. X-rays are converted by the image intensifier and the image quality is improved.
Electromagnetic radiations are dubbed x-rays, which when hit a tissue end up infiltrating completely or get absorbed wholly or partially with disperse. The former indicates production of an image, while the latter hints to no image production. With partial absorption, it means an image that comes out with scattered radiation that may harm the theatre staff. C-arm technology was brought out with the same purpose.
Significant advantages it provides
Fluoroscopic imaging systems use X-rays for image production. However, mini C-arm offers more advantages as compared to the standard C-arm technology. Being smaller in size, this technology paves a way for better access to workplace.
Various benefits it offers include:
- Easy to operate
- Does not require radiographer
- Cuts cost
- Cuts delays
- Reduces screening time
- Cuts risk of radiation with scatter
- Immediate printout facility
- Enhanced maneuverability
- Better accuracy
Mini C-arms have shown the potential to cut scattered radiation dose to surgeon, patient or any theatre personnel.
A diverse range of medical procedures, comprising ankle, hand, or foot surgery, requires a C-arm. Stress views, bunion surgery, fracture dislocations, intra-articular injections, and fracture fixations can be easily detected with the mini version of this technology.