When you can see more, you can do more. This is the simple truth underlying our vision of Cios Alpha1, our new mobile FD C-arm system. Because image intensifiers and flat detectors for mobile C-arm systems historically provide the surgeon with a round field of view when rotating the image, important image information can be lost. Due to its smart radiographic collimators, Cios Alpha with flat detector has an operating area field of view that is up to 25 percent larger than current mobile C-arms. The system’s 30 cm x 30 cm detector, combined with its 25 kW power output, provides high-resolution, high-contrast images and can cover the finest structures in the range of submillimeters.
At 25 kW, Cios Alpha is the most powerful mobile C-arm system on the market. This is especially beneficial when operating on obese patients, who require more system power to obtain images of sufficient quality. The Cios Alpha’s active cooling system protects it from overheating, helping to ensure consistently high image quality even during long operations. This is critical, as an overheated system automatically reduces the power level, which leads to reduced image quality.
Cios Alpha also has a new touch screen interface that offers surgeons greater safety and convenience in the OR. The system can be operated with three identical touch screens — on the C-arm, the monitor cart and the table-side control. Using this touch screen, the surgeon has full control of the system at any time from the sterile field during examinations. Operating staff members who often lack full view on the monitor cart can use image previews integrated into the touch screens that enable direct control of image manipulations such as zooming or running-in of radiographic collimators.
Cios Alpha also has a unique C-arm position storage feature. With one click, the motorized C-arm takes on a previously stored projection, eliminating manual repositioning. For a better overview during vascular procedures, the surgeon can use Cios Alpha’s vessel overlay software.
Our new mobile C-arm will be available in the fall of 2013. For use in disciplines such as trauma surgery and orthopedics, the system is available optionally with 12 kW power output and a 20 cm x 20 cm flat detector.
Cios Alpha is still under development and not commercially available yet. Its future availability cannot be ensured.