Ziehm Imaging showcased the next generation of its mobile C-arm, Ziehm Vision RFD, at CIRSE 2011, Munich, Germany. The hybrid edition offers outstanding imaging and ensures uninterrupted use with unlimited fluoroscopy times, making it a reliable alternative to stationary imaging systems for hybrid operating rooms. It is also a cost-effective solution for hospitals with space and budgetary constraints. Since its market launch in spring 2011, 30 hospitals worldwide have already opted for the hybrid edition.
Zahi E Nassoura, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, USA, said: “Ziehm Imaging RFD is far superior to other C-arms thanks to its exact and highly detailed reproduction of arteries, stenosis, balloons and stents. It provides all the detailed information that we need for successful stent implants or transplants.”
The compact, 20 kW monoblock generator with a rotating anode guarantees a variable pulse width between 4 and 50 ms for crystal-clear images. With up to 25 images per second, the hybrid edition also produces high-quality X-rays of moving objects such as a beating heart.
Its active liquid cooling system keeps the operating temperature steady, preventing the generator from overheating and ensuring continuous imaging. The injector interface synchronises injection of contrast media with the imaging process. The Remote Vision Center features an operator panel that can be accessed via a touchscreen directly at the operating room table, ensuring that the entire C-arm can be controlled from a sterile environment.
This hybrid edition also comes with the new SmartVascular software, which enables surgeons to create a digital subtraction angiography at any time without having to take manual intermediate steps. It automates all process steps from DSA to roadmapping, allowing vascular procedures to be planned with minimum amounts of contrast media and shorter fluoroscopy times.