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THE CREAM OF THE CROP

A company is only as good as its team members, and CurveBeam is no exception. Since our founding in 2009, we’ve been fortunate to add some exceptional professionals to our workforce. All of these amazing individuals are essential to our continued success as a leading manufacturer of imaging solutions for the orthopedic and podiatric specialties. Our pedCAT system has become an indispensable health care tool in the United States, Europe and Australia thanks to the dedication of our entire team. Today, we’d like to recognize a certain member of our staff who consistently goes above and beyond to ensure CurveBeam remains a world-class enterprise. Her name is Simone Adams.

Simone Adams is CurveBeam’s Director of Sales, Western Region and an incredibly talented professional we’re honored to work alongside. She excels in a stressful and competitive environment through hard work, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to proactive practices. Her skill set is exceptional, and best of all, customers absolutely love her.

Simone is a trained Radiologic technologist. Though she enjoyed the clinical environment in this role, she yearned for new challenges and moved to set up and managed outpatient imaging centers. From there, she pivoted to the vendor side of healthcare and began excelling in sales and business development. Simone has her MBA from Dominican University of California with a focus on Strategic Leadership, and currently serves as a Board Member on the President’s Council there.

She is a dedicated volunteer who has been working for three years on a project to help build a 132-foot wooden brigantine named for the historical San Francisco Bay ship builder Matthew Turner. Once the ship is complete in 2017, Simone will work with other Educational Tall Ships to teach teenagers how to navigate waters locally and abroad. Professionally, Simone’s interests evolve around technology that can help others, and fostering the energy of start-up companies developing new products and bringing them to market.

Simone’s career success can be attributed to how highly she values her customers’ needs, often anticipating new concerns before they arise. She thoroughly enjoys the challenge in finding the perfect solution to help companies and individuals meet their goals. By focusing on customer satisfaction, she has been able to negotiate high value business contracts, generate impressive profits, and execute expansive growth initiatives. She’s also used customer insights to create new business verticals, and fostered collaborations with partners on technology and software projects. All of Simone’s achievements contribute to CurveBeam’s success.

The healthcare industry is notorious for its slow adoption of new technology. Even CurveBeam’s revolutionary pedCAT system, with its innovative design and compact footprint that brings point of care advanced imaging into the foot and ankle specialty, is sometimes challenging to sell. But thanks to Simone’s leadership and the tireless efforts of her sales team, numerous specialty practices around the world have integrated our solution to provide faster and lower cost health care, resulting in happier patients and customers.

According to Simone herself, “it’s all about customer satisfaction! To provide the right solution at the right time…and enjoying your customers, your company and the work you do, every day.”

We’d like to offer our sincerest appreciation to Simone Adams for her outstanding performance, and also a huge “thank you” to all our team members who give 100% each and every day.

To meet the rest of our team, visit us online at CurveBeam.com or give us a call at (866) 400-0035.

 

CurveBeam Announces Development of Extremity CT System for Knee

A new orthopedic CT system promises to improve the standard of care for knee imaging. On the CurveBeam LineUp, patients are scanned while standing upright and fully weight bearing.

CurveBeam LineUP
CurveBeam LineUP provides bilataral weight bearing CT imaging of the knees and lower extremities.

Traditional CT and MR images are acquired in a non-weight bearing position, leading to “missed diagnoses of meniscal damage,” according to Dr. Neil Segal, who has been overseeing research efforts using a LineUp prototype, first at the University of Iowa and currently at the University of Kansas.

Neil Segal, MD
Neil Segal, MD

Although plain radiographs can be acquired while the patient is in a full weight-bearing position, the optimal degree of knee flexion and X-Ray beam tilt to best visualize the joint surface is person specific.

“Difficulty in reproducing the same view of the joint over time impairs ability to detect joint disease, and the 2D nature of radiographs makes these images of overlapping bony anatomy very insensitive for detecting abnormalities until there is advanced joint damage,” Dr. Segal said.

The LineUp was developed by CurveBeam, a Pennsylvania-based company that specializes in extremity cone beam CT systems for orthopedics. CurveBeam anticipates it will submit an application for and receive FDA 510(k) clearance for the LineUp in 2017. The LineUp will be on display at RSNA at Booth #8008 in the North Hall.

CurveBeam introduced the pedCAT, a bilateral weight bearing CT system dedicated to the foot and ankle, in 2012. Since then, the device has been added to the imaging services of hospital foot & ankle sections, orthopedic clinics and podiatry offices.

Like the pedCAT, the LineUp will provide isotropic, three-dimensional volumes of the anatomy with a high resolution output of between 0.2 mm and 0.3 mm slices. The LineUp will be the only cone beam CT system that can provide bilateral, weight bearing scans.

A study led by Dr. Segal focused on osteophytes, one structure

linked to pain in people with knee osteoarthritis. Knees of community-dwelling adults with knee OA were imaged with MRI (reference), fixed-flexion radiographs, and weight bearing CT. The sensitivity and accuracy for detecting osteophytes and subchondral cysts were higher with weight bearing CT imaging in comparison to fixed-flexion radiographs. The study was published in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of Orthopedic Research.

“Clinically, this is a highly meaningful improvement,” Dr. Segal said. “It suggests that weight-bearing CT could replace radiographs as the recommended means of assessing knee OA. This advancement is even more significant given that it was made without significantly increasing the radiation dose (0.01 mSv for SCT vs. 0.005–0.102 mSv for a series of knee radiographs).”

Another research effort led by Dr. Segal indicates weight-bearing CT arthrography studies can provide outstanding delineation of articular cartilage with better differentiation between cartilage and subchondral bone then MRI studies, while also visualizing the cruciate ligaments. In knees with osteoarthritis, meniscal tears not visualized on MRI were detectable on weight-bearing CT.

“Thus, we found that some potential advantages of weight-bearing CT over non-weight-bearing MRI/MRA include 3D measures of meniscal position, detection of pathology not detected in unloaded positions, and ability to bear weight in a functional position, thus better recreating the magnitude of body weight and muscle forces acting around the knee during usual standing,” Dr. Segal said.