Image: The portable Smart-C-arm x-ray imaging device (Photo courtesy of Turner Imaging Systems).
A portable, lightweight fluoroscopy and x-ray imaging device allows x-ray imaging of extremities at the point of care (POC).
The Turner Imaging Systems (Orem, UT, USA) Smart-C-arm x-ray imaging device is a collapsible, extremely portable, battery-powered x-ray system that weighs just seven kg, which allows it to be hand-carried to the POC, be it in a hospital, surgical suite, mobile clinic, or in the field. Since the fully wireless system needs no cords, cables, or power supply, it is ideal for mobile medical imaging. In addition, the Smart-C-arm also provides an integrated surgical platform with an independent articulating arm and monitor for added flexibility for any healthcare setting.
Features include a carbon fiber frame for durability and strength; a 15x15 cm high-sensitivity flat panel detector (FPD) with a complementary meta-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) sensor that provides easy positioning in tight spaces; intuitive imaging software on a touch screen tablet; a sophisticated imaging algorithm with automatic detection of dense objects and adjustment of contrast and brightness to optimize images and improve visualization; an independent articulating arm for optimal positioning and independent tabletop use; and an optional monitor cart for clear field-of-view (FOV) positioning.
“The Smart-C will revolutionize how and where doctors use x-rays. We envision the Smart-C being particularly useful for humanitarian aid workers, including Doctors Without Borders,” said D. Clark Turner, PhD, founder and CEO of Turner Imaging Systems. “Other specialty applications will include imaging in sports medicine, especially on the field or in the locker room, in-office outpatient orthopedic surgeries, care on military battlefields, extremity injections for pain management, mobile radiology units in rural areas, emergency rooms, and much more.”
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