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OEC 9600

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The GE OEC 9600 was produced a quite long time ago between 1994 and 1999. The GE OEC 9600 Mobile C-Arm X-ray products are designed to provide analog spot-film imaging and fluoroscopic image guidance for all adult and pediatric populations for orientations between patient anatomy and surgical instruments. The GE OEC 9600 is used for general surgical applications, vascular procedures (Limited due to its power and capacity), and musculoskeletal procedures to visualize, for example, implant localizations or needle positions for aspirations, injections, or biopsy. There was no successor to the GE OEC 9600 until 2013. In 2013, GE introduced the OEC Brivo with 2.0 kW capacity and limited clinical coverage, but the GE OEC 9600 supported 4.0kW and almost same clinical coverages like those of the GE OEC 9800.
Considering the lower X-ray capacity of the GE OEC 9600, it supported excessive clinical packages, which the GE OEC 9600 is not capable of supporting all packages properly with 4.0kW X-ray capacity. The clinical packages of the GE OEC 9600 are very similar to the GE OEC 9800 — GSP(General Surgical Package), ESP(Extended Surgical Package), Vascular Package with 4/8/15/30 Frames per Second(FPS), Neurovascular Package, and Cardiac Package. Most packages are not standard, but optional. The cost of each package varies. Due to the similarity of packages in two systems, the learning curve is shorter if a user gets used to one of the GE OEC C-ARM series.

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Imaging Mode

• Fluoroscopy Mode

– Focal spot: 0.3 mm
– kVp range: 40 – 120 kVp
– mA range: 0.2 – 0.5 mA normal mode
– mA range: 1.0 – 12.0 mA continuous fluoro boost mode
– Auto and manual modes
– Continuous, one-shot or pulsed operation
– ABS varies mA, kVp and camera gain
– User specific ABS tables

• Pulsed Fluoroscopy Mode

– Focal spot: 0.3 mm
– kVp range: 40 – 120 kVp
– mA range: 0.2 – 5.0 mA
– Pulse rate: 1, 2, 4, or 8 pulses per second
– Pulse width: 30 or 50 milliseconds
– Computer controlled ABS, mA, kVp and camera gain

• High Level Pulsed Fluoro (optional)

– Focal spot: 0.3 mm
– kVp range: 40 – 120 kVp
– mA range: 0.2 – 40.0 mA
– Pulse rate: 1, 2, 4, or 8 pulses per second
– Pulse width: 30 or 50 milliseconds
– Computer controlled ABS, mA, kVp and camera gain

• Digital Spot Mode (optional)

– Standard with the Expanded Surgical Platform (ESP)
– Enhanced digital fluorographic oneshot with 12 mA boost
– Automatically terminates exposure and stores enhanced image to 200 image storage archival disk
– kVp range: 40 – 120 kVp
– mA range: Up to 75 mA

• Radiographic Mode

– Focal spot: 0.3 mm or 0.6 mm
– Focal spot automatically selected
– 0.3 mm – mAs range: 1 – 100 mAs
– 0.6 mm – mAs range: 110 – 300 mAs
– kVp range: 50 – 120 kVp
– Optional film cassette holder
– 10″ x 12″ (24cm x 30cm) for 9″ I.I.
– 14″ x 14″ (35cm x 35 cm) for 12″ I.I.

Acquisition & Optimization

• Video Camera

– High resolution CCD camera
– Full frame capture
– 360° motorized rotation
– On-screen orientation indicator (realtime feedback without fluoro)
– Left-right image reversal
– Top-bottom image reversal
– Negative mode
– Video signal: Standard RS 170A 60 Hz, 525 lines
– Aspect ratio: 4:3

• Image Intensifier

– 9″ Image Intensifier
– Tri-mode 9″/6″/4.5″ (23cm/15cm/11cm) image intensifier
– 12″ Image Intensifier
– Tri-mode 12″/9″/6″ (31cm/23cm/15cm) image intensifier

Clinical Software Options

• GSP – General Surgical Package
• ESP – Expanded Surgical Package (optional 8 Frames Per Sec)
• Vascular Package ( 8/15 Frames Per Sec)
• Neuro Vascular Package (30 Frames Per Sec) – with MTS(Motion Tolerant Subtraction)
• Cardiac Package (30 Frames Per Sec)

Dimension

• C-Arm(9″ I.I.) Dimensions:

– Height: 68 in (1730 mm)
– Width: 33 in (840 mm)
– Length: 76 in (1930 mm)
– Weight: 720 lbs (327kg)

• Workstation Dimensions:

– Height: 64 in (1630 mm)
– Width: 27 in (690 mm)
– Depth: 27 in (690 mm)
– Weight: 430lbs (195kg)

Additional Features

• User Interface

– Entire system is computer controlled and software upgradeable
– Multi-functional controls
– Footswitch, IR remote (Optional), Hand-hel control
– Remote window/level controls (optional)
– 4 image storage with last image hold 640 x 512 x 10 biy
– Frame averaging (low, medium, high)
– One-short frame integration (low, medium, high)
– Enhanced integration (low, medium, high)
– MARS (motion artifact reduction)
– Patient annotation keyboard

FAQ

AutoTrak is the function that automatically seeks the subject anatomy anywhere within the imaging field and selects optimal imaging. It automatically adjusts to anatomical size and location.

Automatic Brightness Stabilization (ABS) is the function that provides uniform image quality throughout the entire image. Unlike a CFD C-ARM, an II type C-ARM by nature has imaging distortion and brightness uniformity issues. These problems worsen it gets closer to the edge.
Smart Window is the function that dynamically senses the collimator position and automatically adjusts brightness and contrast to produce high image quality.

Smart Metal is the function that allow users to adjust automatic brightness and contrast sensitivity levels when metal is introduced to the field.

Tungsten Collimator is the function that denser collimator limits X-ray exposure area to reduce scatter radiation, which improves image detail.

• Generator

– 60kHZ high frequency
– 4.0kW power
– Up to 120kVp
– Up to 75mA for radiographic film exposure
– Continuous high level fluoro (HLF) up to 20mA
– Digital spot up to 75mA
– Digital cine pulse
– 15 pulses per second, 60 Hz
– 12 pulses per second, 50 Hz
– Full power from standard wall outlet
– Pateneted battery buffered design

• X-RAY Tube

– Rotating anode X-ray tube
– 0.3 and 0.6 nominal focal spots
– Anode heat capacity: 300,000 HU
– Anode cooling rate: 60,000 HU/min
– Housing heat capacity: 1,600,000 HU
– 9″ (23cm) Standard C-arm housing cooling rate 15,000 HU/min
– 9″ (23cm) Super C-arm and 12″ (31cm) standard C-arm housing cooling rate 22,500 HU/min

• Collimator

– Iris collimation with dual opposing semitransparent shutters allow elliptical, round
and rectangular collimation
– Iris and shutters are continuously variable
– All functions remotely controlled from the C-Arm control panel

The GE OEC 9600 was produced a quite long time ago between 1994 and 1999. The GE OEC 9600 Mobile C-Arm X-ray products are designed to provide analog spot-film imaging and fluoroscopic image guidance for all adult and pediatric populations for orientations between patient anatomy and surgical instruments. The GE OEC 9600 is used for general surgical applications, vascular procedures (Limited due to its power and capacity), and musculoskeletal procedures to visualize, for example, implant localizations or needle positions for aspirations, injections, or biopsy. There was no successor to the GE OEC 9600 until 2013. In 2013, GE introduced the OEC Brivo with 2.0 kW capacity and limited clinical coverage, but the GE OEC 9600 supported 4.0kW and almost same clinical coverages like those of the GE OEC 9800.
Considering the lower X-ray capacity of the GE OEC 9600, it supported excessive clinical packages, which the GE OEC 9600 is not capable of supporting all packages properly with 4.0kW X-ray capacity. The clinical packages of the GE OEC 9600 are very similar to the GE OEC 9800 — GSP(General Surgical Package), ESP(Extended Surgical Package), Vascular Package with 4/8/15/30 Frames per Second(FPS), Neurovascular Package, and Cardiac Package. Most packages are not standard, but optional. The cost of each package varies. Due to the similarity of packages in two systems, the learning curve is shorter if a user gets used to one of the GE OEC C-ARM series.

The GE OEC 9600 offers 9″ or 12″ image intensifiers, a 4.0kW rotating anode X-ray tube (Supporting rotating anode with this generating capacity is very unique, so its cooling rate is becoming a competitive edge), a passive tube cooling system (Outdated cooling concept, an active cooling system much more efficient), a smaller focal spot, large tube capacity up to 300,000HU, faster cooling rate 60,000HU/min, and 8 pulses per second available on pulsed fluoroscopic mode. The OEC 9600 is an older generation C-Arm from GE, so features and user interfaces are more outdated. Nevertheless, the GE OEC 9600 and OEC 9800 (Plus) work and look very similarly. The same dual 16″ CRT monitors fixed on the workstation, and a similar looking and functional control panel is on the C-Arm side. The GE OEC 9600 unfortunately does not support USB/DVD storage; and DICOM is an option, so a customer needs to buy an external DICOM box, if needed. The image storage capacity on the GE OEC 9600 GSP package and the GE OEC 9600 ESP package is 63 and 1,000 respectively.

The GE OEC 9600 is a very old platform. Most refurbished GE OEC 9600 systems in the market are currently are more than 20 years old. However, its user interface and imaging options are still accepted due to its cost-efficiency compared to new C ARM systems in the market. The GE OEC 9600 systems are missing many user convenient functions and image optimization functions, and are unable to upgrade and optimize anymore. Compared to the features of the GE OEC 9800, the GE OEC 9600 only provides very basic features such as MARS (motion artifact reduction), laser aimer/localizer(optional), 6 image storage on 3-1/2 in floppy disk (removable), 16 image collage of 200 image disk, edge enhancement, continuous fluoro boost mode up to 12 mA, pulsed fluorography mode up to 40mA, digital spot mode, procedural dose log (mA, kVp, time, patient), and variable zoom and roam.

Year Launched

1994/1999

Video Camera

CCD

Image intensified

Image Intensifier

Size of II or FPD

9" or 12"

Generator Power Rating

4kW

Anode Maximum Output

40mA

Anode Heat Capacity

300,000 HU

Anode Cooling Rate

60,000 HU/min

X-ray tube

Rotating anode

Generator Cooling System

Limited Passive Cooling Fan

Pulsed Fluoscopic Mode(mA range)

0.2 – 5.0mA

Pulsed Fluoscopic Mode(Pulses per sec)

1, 2, 4, & 8

Display Monitor

Dual 16" in square CRT

Monitor Resolution

512 * 512

Touch screen

No, old, outdated keyboard type

DICOM Connectivity

External DICOM Box

Storage Capacity

63 images(External capture device)

USB

No

Battery

Yes

Image Preview on control panel

No

AutoTrak

No

Auto Brightness

Auto Brightness Stability

Auto Collimation

No, PreView iris collimator

Motion Correction

No

DSA

No

SID

39.4"(1,000 mm)

Free space in arc

31.5"(800 mm)

Orbital Rotation

115°

The GE OEC 9600 in the current refurbished market is more than 30 years. Due to extreme old aging, most key components such as X-ray tube, CRT monitor, and battery should be changed at least once. Also, if it has remained in tough clinical environments for a long period of time, the mechanical apparatus on the C-Arm’s side and components at the workstation side will most likely be damaged or out of life. Nevertheless, the high price of the new OEC Brivo, though it provides half of the power capacity of the GE OEC 9600, sells around 100,000 US dollars. The GE OEC Brivo, which has a 2kW generating power supply, is too expensive; it is difficult to justify that large of an investment for an alternative diagnostic or procedure tool! For that reason, a refurbished, 20 year old GE OEC 9600 system is still selling between 40,000 and 50,000 US dollars. The GE OEC 9600 was manufactured in a short period of time from 1994 to 1999. So, a limited number of GE OEC 9600’s have been installed; it’s been 20 years after the last production. However, the GE OEC C-Arm series are still market dominant, so if a customer is not able to buy a new GE OEC series, they can still consider buying a 20 year old refurbished C-Arm. However, the fact is that those OEC refurbished C-Arm system buyers may face difficulty to find replaceable parts in the market. Also, the price of parts and repairs is very expensive and it is difficult to get parts to reduce the system’s down time.

One of the major strengths of having the GE OEC 9600 is that this system is clinically proven to provide extended imaging modes (Fluoro Mode, Pulsed Fluoro Mode, High Level Pulsed Fluoro, Digital Cine Pulse Mode, Digital Spot Mode, and Radiographic Mode) and clinical packages like current, top-selling C-ARM systems competitors. However, the 4kW generator power is limited in most examinations unless the physician uses the GE OEC 9600 only for surgical procedures or pain management in short periods of time, a few times a day. It will overheat even though the GE OEC 9600 equips a rotating X-ray tube, which prolongs its cooling rate. The steering mechanism of the GE OEC 9600 is exactly same as that of the GE OEC 9800. Positioning of the system is relatively easy with smooth maneuverability and wheeling, but its 115° limited orbital rotation often gives operational inconvenience, which can significantly disturb smooth operation procedure.

In conclusion, the refurbished GE OEC 9600 is a cheap and acceptable system like other older OEC series because there has not been a replaceable system within reasonable price and quality at this 4kW generator grade until 2013. A new 2kW capacity GE OEC Brivo might be an alternative option of the GE OEC 9600, but the generating power of the GE OEC Brivo is not strong enough and not able to cover some applications such as vascular. So, the price of the GE OEC Brivo often fails to justify physicians’ large investment for lower capacity C-ARM. Generally, refurbished OEC series are offered with limited warranty; either one year or no warranty at all. If a customer wants to purchase a C-ARM for the next 5 to 10 years, the customer must consider maintenance cost and parts scarcity within 1 to 2 years. Very limited number percents of people still have a CRT monitor TV or a 2G flip phone; however, a large portion of physicians still buy a pre-owned C-ARM since an up-to-date and fully digital interfaced C-ARM is still too expensive. Considering all this background, what if there is a brand-new CFD C-ARM with a 2 to 5 year warranty, has proven durability and quality in more than 300 clinical sites in the USA, and provides reasonable price points like the refurbished GE OEC 9600 – don’t we need to consider the brand-new, affordable CFD C-Arm? If a CFD C-Arm is not needed and instead of a 20-year old GE OEC 9600, will you consider a new II type C –Arm with a 2 to 5 year warranty at its affordable price point as your system for next 10 years?