Fluroscopy is an advanced X-ray technique which is able to capture live (moving video) images, inside a patient, as opposed to static (like a photo) images with traditional X-rays. The machinery used in fluroscopy is sometimes referred to as a “C-arm”, as it is shaped like the letter C.
One of the C-arms at SASH is the GE OEC One CFD, located in one of the surgical theatre wards. Originally designed for use in human hospitals, this amazing instrument is able to display 4K quality images directly onto its integrated and adjustable screen. High image quality is important for surgeons to see inside the patient in greater detail.
Although physically large in size, the C-arm is mobile, and can be maneuvered anywhere in the surgical theatre, in a way so that it is able to accurately image any part of the patient, depending on the type of surgery.
At SASH the C-arm is used extensively during surgeries to plan and visualise procedures, such as:
- Orthepaedic surgeries & repairs
- Spinal surgeries
- Soft tissue surgeries