C-Arm is a type of medical imaging machine that provides high-quality X-rays immediately. The name comes from the machine’s unique shape, which allows medical professionals to move it as needed. This machine is particularly useful in settings where a traditional X-ray machine isn’t an option, like in the field or during a surgical operation.
Here at Foot & Ankle Center, we use C-Arm in both our podiatric center and our ambulatory surgical center. C-Arm technology uses fluoroscopic imaging, which displays the X-ray image on a screen continuously and in real time. This helps us see the anatomy of an injured foot or ankle faster during an initial exam, and lets us better visualize a surgical procedure at every step.
Our podiatry center uses a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine rather than traditional film X-rays so that we can diagnose your foot or ankle condition faster and more accurately. Digital X-rays allow us to view images within seconds of taking them instead of waiting for the film to be sent out, developed, and returned. And because the image is digital, we can enlarge or enhance it right then to better see the structure of your foot or ankle.
Digital X-rays also use between 75% and 80% less radiation than traditional X-rays. This makes the diagnostic process safer for both our patients and our staff.