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3 Philips C-Arms Compared: Which Is Best?

Posted by Alex Silbergleit on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

If you’re looking for a C-Arm (and it seems like everyone is these days), the choices can be overwhelming. There are the major brands to choose from like Philips, GE, Siemens, Ziehm, Genoray and GEMSS (formally known as COMED), but you also need to decide between the different variations of C-Arms that each manufacturer offers. However, if you’re interested in a C-Arm, we believe Phillips is a brand to look at, especially in the pre-owned or refurbished market. Let’s compare three different options: Philips Libra, Endura and Pulsera.libra-endura-pulsera c-arms

Philips Libra

The Philips Libra is a compact C-Arm, similar to the Siemens Compact L. The Libra is smaller in size and weight than both the Endura and Pulsera, but all three have a 9” tri-mode image intensifier. However, the similarities end there. The Libra has a max power output of 3.15 kW (less than half of that of the Pulsera) and its kV range is 40-105. Unlike the Pulsera, which has a rotation anode, the Libra has a stationary anode. That being the case, the Libra has a lower anode heat capacity (50,000 HU) and X-Ray Tube heat capacity (1,200,000 HU). A lower heat capacity generally means you are unable to do as many high dose procedures in repetition. This C-Arm is ideal for a small practice that does not need a C-Arm workhorse to use all day, every day. It is also not ideal for facilities with larger patients, being that it is a compact C-Arm. 

Philips Endura

The Philips Endura is the lower end alternative to the Philips Pulsera. It is similar to the OEC 8800 (and now OEC Brivo) as those C-Arms compare to the OEC 9800 and OEC 9900. It is comparable in size to the Philips Pulsera. However, its max power output is 3.15 kW (less than half of that of the Pulsera) and its kV range is 40-105. It also has a stationary anode and thus has an anode heat capacity of 50,000 HU and an X-Ray Tube heat capacity of 1,200,000 HU. This lower heat capacity limits the continued use of this system throughout the day. As a result of these limitations, this C-Arm is a less expensive choice than the Pulsera, and is ideal for a facility that wants a full size C-Arm but doesn't need a workhorse. It’s also an ideal solution for a back-up system if you already own a Philips Pulsera.

Philips Pulsera

The Pulsera is considered the standard “go-to” C-Arm by Philips. It is a full size C-Arm with a tri-mode image intensifier that comes in either the 9" or 12" options. Its max output power is 7.5kW and has a kV range of 40-120, both of which enable higher penetration and clarity of images. Most importantly, the Philips Pulsera has a rotating anode, which enables the C-Arm to have a 300,000 HU anode heat capacity and a 1,900,000 X-Ray Tube heat capacity. The Philips Pulsera can also be equipped with vascular and cardiac capabilities, so the system can be used for additional procedures. However, it’s important to note that not all Philips Pulseras have vascular capabilities. The Philips Pulsera is, indeed, your workhorse C-Arm and thus, you can use it all day every day without fear of overheating. It can also be used for just about any procedure, especially if it is tailored to your specific practice.

Other Considerations

The Philips Pulsera can store a maximum of 10,000 images, compared to that of the Libra and Endura, which generally store 16 images. That being said, most facilities have an external storage option to make this a non-issue. 

The Veradius is the newest C-Arm from Philips. Unlike the Philips Pulsera, it’s equipped with a digital detector. However, because it is so new to the market, it’s rare to find it on the pre-owned market. When this system is available, it tends to be very expensive.

In conclusion, Philips is a leader in the C-Arm market for a reason. They manufacture high quality and reliable C-Arms that you can use with confidence. That being said, it is important to do your research and make sure you are buying a C-Arm that most closely aligns with the needs of your practices. If you want to explore all of your options, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Atlantis Worldwide. We are here to help.

Please contact Alex Silbergleit at 212-366-9100 or email

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Topics: Medical Imaging Comparisons, C-Arm