With the development of science and technology level, the patient’s demand for doctors is increasing, the risk of surgery and the demand for high-quality rehabilitation is also increasing, which not only requires doctors to have a wealth of theoretical knowledge, excellent technical level, but also need the support of powerful medical equipment.
Flatbed 3D C-arm, also known as orthopedic 3D C-arm, is an upgraded version of C-arm that combines the traditional two-dimensional mode with the “CT-like mode“, which can quickly generate tomographic images and 3D stereo images in cross-section, sagittal plane and coronal plane during the operation, which can provide the operator with a more complete observation angle and accurately judge the condition of bone tissues and implants. It is mainly applied to orthopedics, spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, trauma orthopedics and other departments, especially suitable for complex parts of the surgery.
Firstly, compared to intraoperative mobile CT, the Flatbed 3D C-arm can access the scanning area from the side through the C-arm opening, which makes it compatible with the type of surgical beds used in hospital operating rooms. Moreover, the flatbed 3D C-arm can be gently pushed by electric power to serve multiple operating rooms. In contrast, the intraoperative mobile CT uses a completely closed frame, which requires a high degree of bed and operating room layout and does not allow for easy movement within the operating room.
Secondly, some brands of flat-panel 3D C-arms, such as the PLX7500 series 3D C-arms of Perlove Medical, adopt a large flat panel of 30*30CM, with a larger scanning field of view (FOV), and the images can easily show 5 vertebrae, providing more surgical information for the surgeon. This provides a larger field of view for performing severe scoliosis surgery, pelvic fracture surgery, and so on.
Finally, the Flatbed 3D C-Arm captures sufficiently clear image information at the image acquisition stage. After implantation of the prosthesis during surgery, the scanning again provides sufficient image information of the implanted prosthesis in the vertebral body so that the surgeon can clearly determine whether the prosthesis is optimally positioned in the vertebral body, reducing the chances of secondary surgeries.
As an intraoperative imaging device, the flat-panel 3D C-arm provides a powerful aid for the further rapid development of orthopedic technology. For orthopedics, it can quickly carry out scoliosis orthopedics, emergency trauma, percutaneous minimally invasive surgery and so on. At the same time, the flat-panel 3D C-arm can be combined with orthopedic surgical robots to carry out robot-assisted spine surgery, and the high-definition 3D image is one of the prerequisites to ensure that the robotic spine surgery is carried out accurately.
For hospitals, the flat-panel 3D C-arm can help hospitals to carry out high-end surgical procedures, improve the clinical research level of the department, and help the departmental doctors to collect high-definition surgical data during the operation. The flat-panel 3D C-arm also helps hospitals to carry out minimally invasive surgeries, improve surgical efficacy, and accelerate the turnover of hospital beds.