What Everybody Ought to Know About Buying a Used OEC C-arm
GE OEC’s C-arms are the most popular brand of C-arms on the market today. According to GE, 7 out of 10 surgeons have refurbished or new OEC C-arms. That’s right, a 70% market share for one product category. Incredible! These things must be good.
Well they are, according to our customers. We get more requests for refurbished or used OEC C-arms than any other brand of C-arm.
Here is what you need to know about OEC C-arms before making your next purchase.
The OEC 9400, 9600, 9800 and 9900 are the most requested models, largely due to the age of manufacture and available software options.
- OEC 9400 – manufactured between 1990 and 1994
- OEC 9600 – manufactured between 1994 and 1998
- OEC 9800 – manufactured between 2000 to 2006
- OEC 9900 – manufactured between 2006 and is still currently in production
This means that if you want a unit that has a manufacture date of 2006 or newer your only option is to go with the 9900 C-arm.
Software and Hardware
The General Surgical Package (GSP) is now a base model benchmark for all units. However, the OEC 9400 does not include a keyboard for patient annotation while its standard on all 9600’s, 9800’s and 9900’s.
The OEC 9600 has new steering, which allows for increased mobility, a standard feature on the OEC 9800.
Aesthetically, the body style has changed significantly between the OEC 9400 and the 9600 and has undergone slight changes – the monitor cart now hosts flat panel monitors on the 9900 – but the footprint has not changed significantly since the 9600.
As far as software options go, the OEC 9600 has GSP, ESP, Vascular and Cardiac capability. The 9800 and 9900 have GSP, ESP, Vascular, PM Care, Neurovascular and Cardiac capability.
The OEC 9400 is nearly obsolete because of parts availability and its inability to perform at the same level as newer models. It does not produce as high quality of an image due to its tube camera technology versus the higher resolution CCD camera that is used on the 9600 and newer models. The OEC 9600 is nearing the end of its useful life cycle, and is often sold to customers seeking an inexpensive “workhorse machine.”
What’s this going to cost me?
Great question. Although we can’t provide you an exact quote, unless you want one of course, what we can tell you is the range of pricing for refurbished OEC C-arms that we have recently sold.
With a warranty, an OEC 9400 will set you back about $15,000 to $20,000. The cost of an OEC 9600 is roughly half that of the OEC 9800. A 9600 with warranty is in the low $30,000 range. The OEC 9800 is in the range of $60,000 to $70,000. OEC 9900’s start in the low $100,000s. There is still a high demand and limited supply on the market of OEC 9900’s so we do not expect the price to decrease anytime soon. As with all GE products, OEC’s hold their value much longer than units produced by competitive manufacturers.
Should I buy used or refurbished?
Simply slapping some paint on used equipment will not make it “refurbished.” In order for a unit to be considered “refurbished”, it has to go through a detailed process. It is cleaned, disinfected, taken apart… with many of the internal components tested and replaced if needed. It is completely and professionally repainted and given a full diagnostic test before its shipped to you, and often with a warranty.
Some customers are willing to take the risk on a used, non-refurbished machine. We advise against this since the unit functionality cannot be guaranteed. The last thing you want is a money pit in your surgical suite. At the end of the day, you can also purchase a warranty, which will cover such unplanned expenses so that you aren’t out of pocket.
Do your research! Make sure the company you are buying from has a clean track record of delivering quality products and service. You will also want to make sure that the company you hire has a service engineer local to you. No one wants down time.
Check out our inventory of available used and refurbished OEC C-arms.
|Model||GE OEC 9900 Elite||Hologic Fluoroscan InSight 2||Orthoscan Mobile DI||Philips BV Pulsera||Siemens Arcadis Orbic 3D||Ziehm Vision RFD||Ziehm Vision 2||Ziehm Solo|
|Image Intensified or Digital Detector||Image Intensifier||Not Specified||Digital gen2 CMOS Detector||N/A||Image Intensifier||Digital Flat Panel Detector||Image Intensifier / Digital Flat Panel Detector||Image Intensifier|
|Diameter of Intensifier or Dimensions of Detector||9 or 12||Not Specified||15×12||N/A||23 cm (9 in.)||30 cm (12 in.);20 cm (8 in.)||I.I. 31/23 cm (12/9 i.); Flat Panel Detector 20 cm (8 in.)||23 cm (9 in.)|
|X-ray Tube Anode – Maximum Output||75mA||Not Specified||Not Specified||25kW||110kV||Not Specified||Not Specified||Not Specified|
|X-ray Generator – Type||High-Frequency Split Block||High-Frequency||High-Frequency Continuous||High-Frequency Converter||Monoblock||Monoblock & High-Frequency Generator||Monoblock & High-Frequency Generator||Monoblock & High-Frequency Generator|
|Fluoroscopic Mode – KV Range||4-120||40-75||40-78||40-120||40-110||40-120||40-110||40-110|
|Display Monitor – Size||Dual 46 cm (18 in.)||24 in. Color Hi-Bright, Hi-Def 1920×1200||51cm (20.1 in.)||19 in.(2 monitors)||48 cm (19 in.)||2 x 48 cm (19 in.)||2 x 48 cm (19 in.)||61 cm (24 in)|
|Display Monitor – Touchscreen||Yes||Yes, PCAP Multi-Touch Std||No||Yes||No||Yes, on Monitor Cart & Mobile Stand||Yes, on Monitor Cart & Mobile Stand||Yes, on Mobile Stand|
|Video Storage Type||Digital Memory, HDD, DVD/CD, USB||Display Port, DVI-I & VGA||Digital Memory / USB||Digital Memory||Not Specified||Internal HDD Drive, USB, CD/DVD-RW Drive||Internal HDD Drive, USB, CD/DVD-RW Drive||Internal HDD Drive, USB, CD/DVD-RW Drive|
|Storage Capacity – # of Images||up to 1000 Static or 18,000 Cine Images||10,000 SSD||12,000||20,000 max||150,000||Up to 100,000||Up to 100,000||Up to 100,000|
|Image Matrix Size||1,000 x 1,000||1,0000 x 1,000||2,000 x 1,500||1,280 z 1,024||1K2||1,024 x 1,024 pixels||1,024 x 1,024 pixels||1,024 x 1,024 pixels|
|Last Image Hold||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|C-Arm Free Space||79 cm (31 in.)||35.5 cm (14 in.)||35 cm (13.8 in.)||77 cm (30.3 in.)||78 cm (30.7 in.)||83.5 cm (33 in.)||76 cm (30 in.)||76 cm (30 in.)|
|C-Arm Orbital Rotation / Degree||115 (90/25) STD C; 145 (90/55) Super C||120||N/A||135 (+90,-45)||190||165(-120/
|23 cm I.I.: -90/+45; 31 cm I.I.:-90 / +25||135 (-90/+45)|
|C-Arm Horizontal Travel||20.3 cm (8 in.)||119 cm (46.9 in.)||N/A||20 cm (7.9 in.)||20 cm (7.9 in.)||22 cm (9 in.)||22 cm (9 in.)||22 cm (9 in.)|
|C-Arm Vertical Travel||46 cm
(15.7 in.) Motorized
|C-Arm Power Requirements||100/240 VAC; 15/10 A;
|100, 120, 220, 240 VAC Selectable; 50/60 Hz Input; 750 VA||100/120/ 230 V; 50/60 Hz||100-240 V; 50/60 Hz||120 V; 20 Amp||110-240 VAC; 16-20 A;
(± 10%) 50/60 Hz
|110-240 VAC; 16-20 A;
(± 10%) 50/60 Hz
|110-240 VAC; 16-20 A;
(± 10%) 50/60 Hz
|C-Arm Weight||606 lbs||@ 490 lbs||35 lbs||683 lbs||745 lbs||882 lbs||573 lbs||684 lbs|