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New developments in mobile C-arm systems

According to Grand View Research, the global fixed and mobile C-arms market size was valued at just over $2 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% by 2022. to 2030. The growth of the market can be attributed to the growing number of surgical procedures and technological advancements in the development of new C-arms.

There is a continuous effort to develop advanced systems, which include the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) enabled technology and 3D mapping capabilities into a C-arm system, which helps improve the process planning, increase real-time intraoperative guidance and reduce surgical intervention times. In January 2022, Philips announced the integration of cloud-based AI and 3D mapping into its C-arm Zenition series of mobile systems to improve workflow efficiency and improve endovascular treatment outcomes. According to the Grand View Research report, Philips said the combination of these technologies will result in a 50% reduction in radiation exposure and a more than 20% reduction in procedure times.

Grand View Research also explained that the growing geriatric population is susceptible to various chronic diseases such as cardiovascular, orthopedic, and respiratory diseases, and coupled with growing patient awareness, is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. According to the World Health Organization, the population of people aged 60 and over will be around 2.1 billion by 2050, up from 1.5 billion in 2020. The report also states that in addition, the level The introduction of flat-panel detectors replacing image intensifiers has led to increasing demand, allowing healthcare experts to better understand the intensity of a disease.

Market Advances

Mobile C-arms have seen several advancements over the past decade, evolving towards better image quality, advanced imaging features, and workflow improvements. Here are some recent advancements.

Advanced diagnostic imaging. With a focus on advanced diagnostic imaging, Carestream, in partnership with Ziehm Imaging, recently added the Ziehm Vision RFD C-arm system to its product portfolio. The Ziehm Vision RFD C-arm, a mobile fluoroscopic surgical imaging system with a flat-panel detector, enables broad procedural work, including the management of vascular, cardiac, spine and pain orthotrauma, in addition to many general surgical applications. The system’s advanced active cooling allows for extended treatment times beyond traditional air-cooled systems. It also provides an intuitive GUI that benefits technologists with reduced training time as well as improved productivity.

Portable mini C-arm. In June 2021, Turner Imaging Systems received its CE mark for its Smart-C Mini C-Arm handheld fluoroscopic imaging device. This will allow the Smart-C, a highly portable mini C-arm, to be distributed in EU countries as well as the UK. In the United States, the Smart-C is deployed in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, orthopedic clinics, as well as professional and collegiate sports teams and other venues. The 16 lb battery-powered Smart-C offers point-of-care imaging, allowing it to be easily transported to a patient’s bedside. The design also offers surgeons greater flexibility and superior imaging in a wireless package.

3D surgical imaging system. In March 2021, GE Healthcare announced FDA 510(k) clearance for OEC 3D, a surgical imaging system capable of 3D and 2D imaging. It delivers accurate volumetric images for the spine and orthopedic procedures, and combines the benefits and familiarity of 2-D imaging with greater efficiency to increase 3-D access and usability.

Endovascular 3D image guidance. In January 2022, Philips Healthcare announced that physicians will now have access to new advanced 3D image guidance capabilities through its Zenition Image Guided Therapy mobile C-arm system. The vendor said the technology will provide improved clinical accuracy and efficiency and aims to improve outcomes for patients undergoing endovascular treatment. The company has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Cydar, a UK provider of cloud-based procedure mapping software to plan and guide surgery in real time.

Zenition brings together innovations in image capture and processing, ease of use and versatility, many of which were launched on Philips’ image-guided therapy angiography platform, Azurion. Like Azurion, the Zenition mobile C-arm system enables hospitals to maximize operating room performance, enhance clinical capabilities, and provide staff with a seamless user experience.

Multidisciplinary functionality. Siemens Healthineers announced FDA approval of the Cios Flow, a mobile C-arm designed for use by multiple disciplines in the operating room (OR), in January 2021. Its multidisciplinary functionality helps ensure system use at high capacity, which makes the Cios Flow cost-efficient. Additionally, its features allow for simpler and more efficient operation to improve patient care in the operating room.

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