This article will cover the differences between the two most popular units in the world today, GE OEC 9800 vs. Philips Pulsera. Both C-Arms can produce quality images with virtually the same tech specs and features.
The Two Major Differences of Both Units
The Pulsera comes with a 12-inch image intensifier which makes it ideal for angiograms and other vascular studies. The bulkier x-ray housing increases the heat capacity and is useful for longer fluoro procedures, but the bulky housing and larger image intensifier (II) makes it difficult to work around the unit during ortho cases.
The GE OEC 9800 compact x-ray tube housing and the 9 inch image intensifier offers more space for the surgeons to work around when the x-ray tube is in the lateral position. However, the smaller housing on the tube may require more cooling time during longer fluoro procedures.
Here is a quick list of some of the features of both units. As you can see, the tech specs and features are about the same.
|OEC 9800||Philips Pulsera|
|Detector size||9″ or 12″ both triple mode||9″ or 12″ both triple mode|
|Camera resolution||1k x 1k High-Resolution CCD||1k x 1k High-Resolution CCD|
|Field of view: 9” II||9″, 6″, 4.5″||9″, 7″, 5″|
|Field of view: 12″ II||12″, 9″, 6″||12″, 9″, 7″|
|Image acquisition||Image intensifier||Image intensifier|
|Focal spot||0.3 mm and 0.6 mm||0.3 mm and 0.6 mm|
|kV range||40 – 120 kVp||40 – 120 kVp|
|mA range||0.2 – 40 mA, 150 mA on cine pulse mode||0.2 – 20 mA, and high fluoro boost|
|kW||15 kW||7.5 kW|
|Pulse rate||Cont, 1, 2, 4, 8 pps, 15 pps||6.25 or 12.5 pps|
|Video capacity||10 min at 15 pps to dynamic digital disc||2 hours to optional DVD recorder|
|DICOM 3.0 complaint||Yes||Optional|
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GE OEC 9800 vs. Philips Pulsera, Which One Is Best?
The purchasing decision relies on two factors price and studies done at the facility. Both units can do all surgical and fluoro procedures. And they both have the same technical factors with very little differences.
The Pulsera with its bulkier housing is better for doing prolonged fluoro procedures and other vascular studies. The GE OEC 9800’s smaller II and x-ray housing is ideal for ortho cases. The smaller footprint offers more room to work around.
Overall, you can’t go wrong with either C-arm. The differences in tech specs and features are negligible, and both can produce good images. The decision is based on the cases done at the hospital or medical practice. The two things to look for is maneuverability and image quality.