At RSNA 2014 in December, Ziehm Imaging introduced its Ziehm Vision RFD 3D, the “world’s only 3D C-arm with flat-panel technology that provides a 16 cm edge length per scan volume” and “combines 2D and 3D functionality to offer maximum intraoperative control.”

Available with 30- x 30-cm and 20-  x 20-cm flat-panels, the new Ziehm flagship system is intended for use in orthopedics, traumatology, and spine surgery. According to the company, it would also be well-suited for demanding cardiovascular hybrid applications.

Fully motorized in four axes, the Ziehm Vision RFD 3D lends itself to hybrid room applications. The C-arm features a joystick module with a function for defining an isocenter around which the system moves concentrically. The system is equipped with “distance control,” which allows for enhanced patient safety. Distance control slows the C-arm movement once it is in proximity of the patient, stopping before entering a defined safety zone.

The 25 kW generator helps deliver clear images. The liquid cooling system (Advanced Active Cooling) keeps the generator at a consistent operating temperature and ensures reliable imaging without interruption even during lengthy procedures. A specially developed algorithm ZIR (Ziehm Iterative Reconstruction) minimizes fan and metal artifacts in 3D reconstructions, leading to more distinguishable anatomy.