Friday, October 07, 2011

Tips for Finding the Right Medical Imaging Table

What is the major advantage to a C-Arm medical imaging table over a standard imaging table?

C-Arm medical imaging tables are fast becoming the table of choice in many different medical settings from clinics through to major hospitals. The advantage to these specialized tables is that they are compatible with virtually all C-Arm devices and equipment, allowing the facility to have a greater range of use for the table besides just imaging. C-Arm tables and equipment can be used in surgical theaters, pain management treatments as well as in multi-disciplinary practices. The versatility of the table combined with the smaller size, power lift options and long term warranty on most of the best models and styles means that they are both cost effective and actually can save money. The biggest money saving feature comes into play with the many uses for the table, saving the cost of requiring several different tables for different types of imaging and other medical devices. C-Arm tables can be used with all C-Arm imaging equipment as well as with ceiling mounted imaging systems of any type.

What are the options or features on different types of medical imaging tables that may be important to consider in general practice or specializations?

The actual size of the imaging surface of the table is always important to consider when selecting a medical imaging table. Some tables offer up to 56 inches of metal free surface area while specialized types of medical imaging tables may provide additional features such as arm boards and positioning pads that can be used with interfering with the quality of the imaging system.  Drop windows on the table allow easy access to the patient and allows the technician to get as close as necessary for correct patient positioning.

Different components on the table itself, including the backrest, leg rest and head rest mobility can be important factors. When these components can be positioned for patient comfort and correct positioning of the area of the body to be imaged the result is less time in staff positioning of the patient and fewer retakes of x-rays or other imaging methods. Adjustable and retractable stirrups on tables can be helpful for a variety of different imaging needs in virtually all types of medical practices. 

What is the most effective option to prevent staff from having to complete assisted transfers when moving patients from wheelchairs and other mobility devices onto medical imaging tables?

Power hi low types of medical imaging tables are ideal for patients in wheelchairs, mobility devices or those with difficulty in getting on and off fixed height tables. With the ability to lower the table to a comfortable level of between 18 and 21 inches, and then raise it to the desired height once the patient is correctly positioned on the table, it is safer for both staff and patients. Lowering the table to allow the patient to get off the table also provides greater comfort and security to the individual. 

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