Turner Imaging Systems is introducing Smart-C™, a portable mini C-arm imaging system developed to support extremity x-rays at the point of care, be that a hospital, clinic, ER, post-acute care center or in the field (e.g. humanitarian mission, sports medicine). Smart-C is not yet FDA cleared.
The 16-pound device is battery-powered and features a collapsible design, as well as an optional stand. The independent articulating arm can be detached for independent, tabletop use.
Also awaiting clearance is Micro C Imaging, which may receive its 510(k) by year-end for its own hand-held x-ray and digital imaging device that is no larger or heavier than a digital camera. Future plans include studies that demonstrate decreased radiation and time in the O.R., as well as launch into international markets, specifically in countries where access to x-ray machines is limited. Micro C is working on an O.R. table that utilizes its technology for joint reconstruction, bone to bone fractures and other large anatomy.
Sources: Turner Imaging Systems; ORTHOWORLD Inc.