OEC 9900 Elite C-arm = Simple. Certain. Precise.

Imagine having a clear view of even the smallest anatomical structures during surgery. The surgeons at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics will now have those clear views with the recent purchase of the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm. The OEC 9900 Elite C-arm, a fluoroscopy device that uses x-rays to reveal real-time imagery of a patient’s internal structure, enables surgeons to see into the body as never before. This clearer imagery will make a real difference in decision-making situations during vascular, orthopedic, spine, pain management, and general surgical procedures. In addition to general surgical procedures, the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm will be used for orthopedic and pin placement procedures, and epidural injections.

The OEC 9900 Elite has exceptional image quality and versatility that addresses a vast range of clinical, surgical, and vascular applications wherever you need them – it is superb in the ER, OR, or surgical imaging or interventional setting. The OEC 9900 Elite takes mobile imaging to new heights by positively impacting outcomes and enhancing productivity. Its precision imaging improves image quality by enhancing contrast, sharpening edges, and reducing electronic noise. The OEC 9900 Elite will allow surgeons to gain greater access to difficult to reach anatomy; locate and avoid critical structures; and measure length of anatomy and surgical hardware, i.e. guide wires.

The OEC 9900 Elite carries with it many features and benefits. One of the many functions of the OEC 9900 Elite is the recording feature that allows surgeons to record a portion of a test or procedure so they can go back later and review the images if need be. The OEC 9900 Elite provides surgeons with additional information in real time, ideal for supporting clinical decisions during the course of an operation. It also enhances accuracy, especially in minimally invasive orthopedic trauma procedures where small incisions are required, the OEC 9900 Elite is an effective integrated solution to track surgeon’s guide pins and support optimal placement and accuracy.

“The purchase of the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm brings a huge potential for growth within our organization,” said Ann Helwig, CEO at KHC. “Many surgeons are familiar with the OEC 9900 Elite and it is our hope that having this piece of equipment on site will attract additional surgeons to come and perform surgeries at KHC. The equipment is very user friendly and is the top of its line. I am very proud to be able to provide this type of equipment for our physicians and staff.”

The previous optical-based navigation system at KHC allowed surgeons to track the movements of surgical instruments to a corresponding point within the patient’s body. The major difference between the old C-arm and the new OEC 9900 Elite is the image quality. The OEC 9900 Elite integrates fluoroscopy, an imaging technique commonly used by surgeons to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient, to produce higher resolution and less obstructive imagery. The pictures are clearer and more precise allowing surgeons a better view of what is occurring within their patient’s body.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion. For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418.