2024 C-Arm Price Guide

Average cost ranges for C-arm systems for all medical specialties, from pain management to neurovascular studies. The 2024 recommended price range for different C-arm types includes delivery, installation, and first-year service. 


Affordable Excellence


Entery-Level Units
OEC 9600
Philips Pulsera (gen. 1)
Siemens Arcadis Orbic
Siemens Arcadis Varic
Genoray Zen 7000


Optimized Precision


Intermediate-Level Units
OEC 9800
Philips Pulsera (gen. 2)
Siemens Cios Select
Ziehm Solo


Luxury in Imaging Technology


Premium-Level Units
OEC 9900
OEC Elite II
Philips Zenition
Siemens Cios Alpha
Siemens Cios Fusion



Cost is one of the first topics that comes up in any C-arm purchase conversation. Numerous factors play a role, including but not limited to:
• Software package
• System age
• II vs. detector

Keep in mind that there are a few other costs that you'll need to be mindful of such as accessories, safety equipment and maintenance.



Which C-arm Price Tier Is Right for You?

Choosing the best C-arm for your needs depends on your unique situation; What kind of work will you do? What is your budget? Do you need the latest tech?

This short video clip breaks down typical pricing tiers to help you navigate the selection of your next C-arm solution.



what is a c-arm?

A C-arm is a type of medical system that takes X-ray images during diagnostic and interventional procedures.

On one end of the "C" is a ray detector and on the other, an X-ray source. Because of it's flexible shape, clinicians easily maneuver the C-arm for optimal imaging angles of a patient's anatomy. Once the X-ray is captured, it's processed by an X-ray image intensifier or a flat-panel detector, which then converts the x-ray into a high-quality image.


What is a C-Arm used for?

C-arms play a crucial role in providing real-time imaging during procedures and interventions. Their fluoroscopy technology enables clinicians to use them in a variety of medical fields including:

  • Orthopedics
  • Urology
  • Cardiology
  • Angiography


Surgeons frequently uses C-arm systems for orthopedic procedures such as fracture reduction, joint injections, and spinal surgeries. Using real-time, high-resolution X-ray images, surgeons are able to monitor procedure progress and make precise adjustments.

Urologists commonly use X-ray fluoroscopy for procedures such as kidney stone removal, ureteral stent placements, and prostate interventions.

Pain management specialists rely on C-arms for guided injections, nerve blocks, and spinal cord stimulator placements.

Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons utilize C-arms during cardiac catheterization procedures to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of heart conditions.

C-arms are utilized in angiography studies to generate images of blood vessels. This process is essential for detecting problems like blockages or aneurysms. With these issues identified, clinicians can then develops suitable treatment plans.

Different types of C-arms


A mini C-arm is a specialized type of medical imaging system, tailored specifically for scanning a patient's extremities. With its smaller arc and lower generator power capacity, the mini is perfect for hands, feet, wrists, and elbows. Some advanced models are even capable of performing limited scans of larger joints, such as the shoulder. This added capability, makes the mini C-arm a versatile tool for a broader range of clinical applications.

Here are some examples of some mini C-arms that could be right for you!

OEC 6800

Fluoroscan - Insight II, Insight FD, Insight Flex

Orthoscan - HD1000, FD, FD Pulse




Compact C-arms strike a balance between the mini and full-size models. While they offer more functionality than a mini can, they are more space-efficient than they're full size counterparts.

For more demanding procedures like bariatric surgeries or complex lateral spine studies, the compact C-arm may not be the ideal solution. Typically, these surgeries require more power and a larger field of view. The compact model is well suited for facilities with low to medium patient volumes, light surgical applications, and routine outpatient procedures.

Here are a few examples of compact C-arms:

OEC - 7900, OEC One

Siemens - Compact L and Siremobile Compact

Ziehm - Quantum, Solo, Solo FD

Fuji Persona CS




Full-scale C-arms have all the capabilities of a compact and mini, with some additional features.

Their larger design arc allows the machine to move around the patient and capture images from different angles. It also accommodates patients and surgical tables more comfortably. Equipped with high-output generators, they can effectively scan through the densest body parts, capturing high-quality images. Additionally, full-scale C-arms offer a wide range of software and hardware options.

Ultimately, their versatility and ability to provide immediate visual feedback make the full-scale models more suitable for various medical specialties.

Here are some leading C-Arm models available in the market today:

Siemens - Orbic, Iso-C 3D, Varic, Avantic, Cios Alpha, Cios Spin

Philips - Pulsera, Veradius, Zenition

Ziehm -  Vision R, Vision RFD, Vision 2, Vision RFD 3D

Fuji - Persona CS




OEC 9800 vs. OEC 9900

Both the OEC 9900 and the OEC 9800 systems present compelling options. The decision on which one is more suitable depends on the specific needs of each facility. However, here are some general recommendations to keep in mind:

  • Facilities engaged in extensive vascular work may find the advanced software capabilities of the OEC 9900 particularly advantageous.
  • Facilities performing basic surgical procedures or pain management might find the OEC 9800 fulfills their needs more efficiently and cost-effectively then the OEC 9900.
  • Facilities seeking a balance between modern functionality and budget considerations could opt for an OEC 9800. This model has been enhanced with increased storage capacity, wireless controls, and upgraded monitors.

Wondering the major differences between OEC 9800 and OEC 9900 C-arms? View our side-by-side comparison chart to decide which is best for you.


More c-arm resources

We know that navigating equipment purchases can be overwhelming and time consuming, and we're here to help! Visit the Block Imaging learning center for more C-arm-related blogs, videos, and guides.


A step-by-step guide to help you successfully decide on the best C-arm for your facility by answering these three important questions:

  • Which features do I really need on my next C-arm?
  • How much is a C-arm really going to cost me?
  • How do I pick the right vendor?

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