With so many choices in the market, it can be challenging to focus on the right tools at the right time for the right patient and procedure. Is a system with angiography capabilities, for example, necessary to investigate biliary obstruction using ERCP? What’s more, choosing the right system involves multiple stakeholders with multiple needs. Clinicians who need to perform ERCP will understandably emphasize
aspects related to image quality, such as visualization of key anatomy. Professionals in purchasing and planning will also consider the system’s location in the hospital and the number of users.
For Ludger Strake, a medical technician at Marienhospital Oelde, service was a high priority when selecting a mobile C-arm system for ERCP procedures. His many responsibilities cover equipment procurement and maintenance. “It goes without saying that we carefully reviewed many technical aspects like X-ray performance,
PACS connectivity and overall ease of use,” he says. “We liked what we saw with the Philips BV Pulsera C-arm system. But you also have to listen to your gut, as I like to say. Any system you choose is going to be with you for a long time. At some point, you’ll need to rely on service. Which provider do you feel most comfortable with?” For Strake, it was Philips. “Everything came together, the usability, the interoperability, the support, and it just felt ’right’.”