As you can see, there are different factors affecting C-arm machine pricing.
Let’s discuss them more in-depth so that you understand how they impact the price.
What Factors Affect C arm Machine Prices?
The factors that determine the prices are:
year of manufacture (YOM)
size of the image intensifier (9″ or 12″)
type of applications you can use the C-arm for
Year of Manufacture (YOM)
As mentioned, the age of the C-arm matters.
If you are buying a very old system, you can expect to pay a small fraction of the original price.
In addition, age often determines available system options and software, which can also affect the price.
Nevertheless, you must keep in mind that it is not always a rule that older systems are cheaper than newer ones, there are more factors to consider.
9″ vs. 12″ Which image intensifier is best for you?
While there are many C-arms on the market in terms of image intensifiers, you usually have to choose between 9″ or 12” (though Siemens makes a 13” as well).
The obvious difference between these two is the size.
And even though bigger, in this case, does not mean better, it means more money. C-arms that come with 12″ image intensifiers cost more than C-arms with 9″.
Now you might be wondering:
“Which C-arm is the right one for me?”
It all depends on the procedures you would like to perform with your C-arm.
Generally, if your practice focuses on orthopedics, pain management, or general surgery, you will need a 9″ image intensifier.
If you are mainly focusing on vascular examinations, a 12″ image intensifier will be the right choice.
While there are 9″ C-arms with vascular capabilities, you will find greater benefits with a 12” C-arm. With its wider field of view, you can see a larger portion of the body and that allows you to perform an exam in a single shot.
That would be more difficult to do with the 9″ image intensifiers.
We have talked about the image intensifier but what about a digital detector?
Digital imaging is a powerful tool that offers some benefits.
Nevertheless, it is still relatively new when it comes to C-arm machines and it will take some time before digital C-arms enter the market for pre-owned equipment.
When they do, the prices of digital detector systems will be much higher than the prices of image intensifier C-arms.
Is the availability of digital C-arms in the secondary market a potential issue?
No need to be concerned.
Image intensifier systems are still the standard and capture high-quality images comparable to those captured by their digital counterparts.
And as mobile C-arms are mainly used during surgeries, it is currently not as economical to acquire a digital unit.
But thanks to their superior capabilities compared to image intensifiers, digital detectors have become the go-to choice on the secondary market, and it’s likely their market share will keep on growing.
What is the ideal X-ray generator size?
The larger the generator, the more you will pay for your C-arm package.
If your practice is limited to extremities, it may not be necessary to spend more on a bigger generator.
On the other hand, if you are going to use the C-arm mainly for cardiovascular examinations, you should consider purchasing a stronger generator.
And as some examinations require certain features, make sure to always pick a system with options that fit your needs. To learn more, check out our other blog post on when you should use the C-arm machine.
Don’t waste money on options you will never use anyway, but also don’t try to save money by not purchasing the options you will need in the near future.
How does the application affect the C-arm machine price?
As you can see from our price matrix at the beginning of this article, cardiovascular C-arms are generally more expensive than systems for general surgery and orthopedics.
It is also because they have distinctive options available. For example, the C-arm typically used for vascular application will come with DSA and Roadmapping.
The presence of a flat screen increases the price of C-arm machines.
It makes sense as the flat screen provides you with bigger viewing space as well as higher resolution and brightness of the monitor.
For a quick summary, here is an easy overview for you:
Are there any more considerations you should make before choosing the right C-arm?
Oh yes, there are.
Always keep in mind that reconditioning, delivery, installation, or warranty will add to the C-arm machine price.
Whether you choose to go with a new, refurbished, or used system, you are depending on the conditions of the system and your proximity to your reseller.
Sum Up – C-arm Machine Price Guide
As said in the beginning, we want to make it easier for you to determine the price of a C-arm machine.
However, C-arm is not a one-size-fits-all product.
So, even before looking at the price tag, be clear on your practice requirements.
In addition to your budget, you need to know exactly what studies will be done to determine the applications you need. Also, you should know the approximate number of daily examinations, and the services you require for the system, and be aware of your competition.
We hope that after reading our C-arm machine price guide, you have a better idea of how much a C-arm machine costs.
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