Adept Medical first launched its overhead arm support in March 2019, and, following discussions with imaging professionals, is today launching a new, updated version to market. The company say it has made product improvements to the original design, removing metallic components to ensure compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.
According to Adept Medical, the overhead arm support is designed to comfortably support the patient’s arms, eliminating extreme shoulder flexion, allows for abdominal access, and removes unwanted artefacts when imaging with MR, C-arm or computed tomography (CT) machines. The overhead arm support has been designed for use with existing lab and imaging equipment and fits within the bore of a 70cm CT and MRI centre, and can be used with any C-arm imaging centre. The wing design can support one or both arms and will accommodate a wide range of patient sizes.
“We had compelling interest from clinical teams and distributors to adapt this product for the MRI application. With the same procedural requirements as C-arm and CT imaging, it seemed like a logical progression for the product. Our challenge has been removing all metal from the product and maintaining the same level of functionality,” comments Matt Lazenby, Adept Medical’s product development manager.
Soft, pliable, latex-free polyurethane straps may be used for additional patient safety and comfort. These can be installed and adjusted to loosely contain the patient’s arm. Two strap mount locations for each arm ensures that the patient’s arms are fully supported, reducing the risk of arm displacement and aiding patient assurance and comfort, a company press release states.