Advances and developments in medical technology have facilitated in making procedures less invasive and more comfortable for patients. The C-Arm X-ray machine, which was introduced by Philips in 1955, is one such example of advanced technology which enables doctors and patients to get faster and more accurate results. A C-arm machine is a medical imaging device that employs the classic X-ray technology with a twist. The name is derived from the semi-circular or C-shaped arm-like projection which connects the X-ray source to the X-ray detector.
A C-arm device consists of a generator i.e. an X-ray source and an image detector. The C-shaped device which connects the two segments of the machine permits movement horizontally, vertically and around the swivel axes. In fact, X-ray images of the patient can be produced from almost any angle. X-rays are emitted by the generator and pass through the patient's body. These X-rays are converted into visible images by the image detector placed behind the body part being X-rayed. C-Arm X-ray machines use intensifiers which magnify the readings making them far more accurate. Thus, lower amounts of X-rays are used to produce images, leading to lesser radiation exposure for both patients and professionals. All image intensifiers have software which is capable of adjusting settings to suit different user requirements, depending on the procedure and body area being imaged.