The types and quality of operating tables constantly change due to the growth of number of surgical procedures that are conducted. Though many hospitals use rather standard tables, special designs become more and more popular due to their reliability and efficiency during surgeries and examinations.
Such units often feature radio translucent materials for the tabletop, so there is also a possibility to use imaging equipment, a C-arm imager, interchangeable head/ foot sections and also sliding tabletops.
Many surgical tables are hybrids; it means they combine two different types of tables into a single style. Good examples of such units are cardiac operating tables, which double as cardiac catheterization tables. Having a patient on such table saves much time and reduces the stress both of the staff and patients.