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COVID-19 Crisis - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2020

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surgeons zero in on small anatomical landmarks and display captured images on large 4K monitors with advanced clarity. Surgeons can review the high-resolution images without diverting their attention from the patient. The ability of newer machines to capture intermit- tent images instead of a continual stream of pictures lets surgeons obtain usable views with the minimum effective radiation dose. • Ease of use. Flat-panel image detectors let surgeons work with more freedom of movement within the sterile field. The overall foot- print of the latest C-arms is smaller, meaning the units take up less valuable real estate in outpatient ORs, where more complex cases requiring the advanced imaging technology are being performed. Improved motorized mechanisms allow for pinpoint control when maneuvering the C-arm into position. Smart anti-collision features alert staff if the arm is in danger of coming into contact with the table — or, worse, the patient — and shut down the unit if it's moved any closer. Mr. Jett says the latest C-arms have user-friendly touchscreen controls, which make programing settings during set-up between cases as intu- itive as calling up a Netflix show on your tablet. He points out that anatomic- and procedure-specific profiles let you calibrate C-arms for cases with the push of a button. The profiles change the entire scale of the captured images and adjust contrast brightness to optimize the unit for abdominal, pediatric or extremity surgeries. The settings also auto- matically adjust the radiation dose, differentiating between the amount needed to capture images during extremity surgeries and major spine procedures. Mr. Jett points to "position save and recall" features as key recent advances in C-arm design. "Surgeons can set the arm to an exact posi- tion, save the position and return the arm to within a few millimeters of it with the push of a button at any time during the procedure," he 8 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 2 0

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