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Jon-David Deeson Testimonial on pedCAT

During OrthoForum’s Annual Conference in early March, OrthoTennessee CEO Jon-David Deeson discussed his experiences with the pedCAT, our low-dose, in-office bilateral weight- bearing foot and ankle CT scanner. His clinic in eastern Tennessee has been using the pedCAT for just about a year.

[The pedCAT] allows our providers the opportunity to obtain a CT image in-house and get immediate results. It’s a quick scan that takes about the same amount of time as an X-ray,” said Deeson. The pedCAT scans a patient in about one minute.

Deeson’s staff appreciates that the pedCAT “offers CT imaging under true physiological weight-bearing loads.” Plus, Deeson says, the pedCAT is “not only a great diagnostic tool but it’s also great for patient education.” Orthopedists and podiatrists can interpret the images themselves in-house and inform patients of their pain point(s) using CubeVue, our custom visualization software.

The pedCAT’s foot print is about 4′ x 5′, which allows for installation in small spaces. “Ours is in an old X-ray file room with very little buildout required,” he said.

According to Deeson, the CurveBeam staff made it simple to get started. “The implementation and training was easy. The CurveBeam staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. And, they’ve remained available to us for questions that our staff and physicians may have.”

Read more about our sponsorship with OrthoForum and watch the video here. Visit curvebeam.com to learn more about the pedCAT.

CurveBeam’s pedCAT Imaging System Exhibited at CIRMS Annual Meeting

The Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) 25th Annual Meeting in Gaithersburg, MD will showcase new cutting edge technologies touching on the fundamental aspects of radiation measurements and focusing on the theme of ‘Past, Present, and Future’. The dynamic and diverse aspects of the importance of measurements and standards in this area will be addressed by international experts from academia, industry, and government. These experts will examine radiation protection, industrial applications and radiation effects, medical applications, homeland security, and other related areas.

CurveBeam is pleased to announce we will be participating. A CurveBeam engineer will be presenting on Tuesday, March 28 during “Breakout Session III: Real Time Imaging for Orthopedic Applications.” Her talk is titled “Why Cone Beam CT Can Make 3D the Standard of Care in Extremity Imaging.” With Cone Beam CT imaging, CurveBeam is revolutionizing the way specialists diagnose and create comprehensive treatment plans for podiatric and orthopedic issues.

The core team behind CurveBeam pioneered Cone Beam CT imaging technology for the dental specialties. The introduction of point-of-care Cone Beam CT imaging revolutionized the industry and ushered in the advent of custom dental implants and improved practices in orthodontics and oral surgery. Today, Cone Beam CT scans are virtually the standard of care for advanced oral surgery treatment planning. In the same way, CurveBeam hopes to contribute to the improvement of the orthopedic and podiatric specialties worldwide through their new product pedCAT.

One of the goals of the CIRMS Annual Meeting is to get input from audience participants on the need for developing a 3D real-time imaging tool for evaluating orthotics inside shoes with the patient in a weight bearing position. Once the orthotic has been made, an image of the patient can be taken in the weight bearing position, with the patient standing in his/her shoes with the new orthotic installed in the shoe. This type of analysis could be used to evaluate if the orthotic does what it is meant to do. The 3D weight bearing images can provide information about specific bone alignment issues using the new orthotics. The images can also reveal if the new orthotic is providing the expected amount of correction without compromising other foot anatomical issues, and if the spacing between the major foot joints is affected by the new orthotic.

CurveBeams’s pedCAT system allows specialists a unique bilateral, weight bearing 3-dimensional view of the foot and ankle to fully diagnose and create comprehensive treatment plans. The pedCAT is a compact, ultra-low dose CT imaging system ideal for orthopedic and podiatric clinics. Patients benefit from the convenience of point-of-care advanced diagnostic imaging. Scan time is one minute, and the pedCAT automatically generates all standard X-Ray views in addition to the full CT volume. Depending on the scan protocol, the patient is exposed to 2 – 5 micro Sieverts per scan. That’s about the same as a plain X-Ray study of the foot and ankle, and less than the average daily background radiation a U.S. resident is exposed to.
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To learn more about the CurveBeam pedCAT Imaging System and how it is revolutionizing the orthopedic and podiatric fields, visit curvebeam.com, or talk with our team at the CIRMS 25th Annual Meeting, March 27th to March 29th in Gaithersburg.

Literature Review and Case Studies from CurveBeam’s “Weight-Bearing CT of the Foot and Ankle” Webinar

On February 23, Dr. Alexej Barg, an orthopedic surgeon at University of Utah Health Care, shared an overview of the latest literature on the use of weight-bearing CT scans (WBCT) with foot and ankle patients. WBCT scans provide several benefits to doctors and patients, according to Dr. Barg. For example, there are reasonably low radiation doses. In addition, patients are in a natural standing position. Also, the relatively small scanner size allows for convenient office storage. Finally, these scans have lower capitalization costs than conventional CT scans.

The first professional paper on this topic was published in 1999. It described the significantly different radiographs with WBCT scans compared to the then-current CT scans. The paper described a simulated weight-bearing environment in which the patient was on his back with the foot held in a frame. While today’s literature focuses on true weight-bearing scans, the 1999 publication was, nonetheless, a revolutionary one.

In today’s medical publishing world, there are seven established medical literature data bases (PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane Central Registrar of Controlled Trials, ScienceDirect, SpringerLink). Also accessible are the digital contents of orthopedic and radiology journals. The biggest takeaway from each review in the webinar was the significant differences between WBCT and non-weight-bearing CT scans in patients who experienced pain or had a deformity, while, on the other hand, the control groups saw little to no differences between the two scans.

In one study, Dr. Burrsens[1] observed that, in addition to the importance of a weight-bearing stance, the measurement methods used are also critical. He performed three different types of measurements on the patients in the study to get a comprehensive view of the ankle and foot.

Highlighting the differences between WBCT and non-weight-bearing CT scans allows doctors to better understand the pain point(s) and provide an accurate treatment plan. In the case of a 57-year-old female complaining of forefront pain and overloading, doctors could recognize that the pain was caused by natural alignment of the forefoot. Instead of surgery, they recommend shoe insoles, and the patient was pain free within three months.

In another case, doctors used WBCT scans to determine that reconstruction surgery was not applicable for a 63-year-old male with charcot arthropathy, since he didn’t have the appropriate bone stock. Instead, they recommended a below-knee amputation to better address the patient’s concern.

Dr. Barg also shared some future considerations when using WBCT scans, including standardizing measurements and understanding the correlation between WBCT and conventional weight-bearing radiographs. While the industry has advanced in utilizing WBCT scans, ongoing research is necessary to take full advantage of all the WBCT scan benefits.

To discover more about the exciting research supported by the CurveBeam team and its innovative products and goals, visit the website at CurveBeam.com. For more webinars presented by Curvebeam, visit here.

 

[1] Burrsens et all, Foot Ankle Surg, 2016.

CBCT Technology is Increasingly Used by Orthopedists and Podiatrists

Cone beam computed topography (CBCT) systems are becoming popular with orthopedists and podiatrists because they quickly provide high-quality, low-dose, 3D imaging of musculoskeletal conditions. Dentists and podiatrists have been using CBCT technology for years, but the pedCAT by CurveBeam is designed specifically for extremities: especially knees, ankles, and feet. This compact, affordable unit gives specialists bilateral, weight-bearing 3D views of the foot and ankle, allowing physicians to create comprehensive treatment plans. In a Radiology Today article titled “Imaging in the Extremities,” Beth W. Orenstein, a freelance medical writer, examines this new technology.

There are a number of advantages to these new compact CBCT units. First, they have a larger area detector by which to image the patient in a single rotation, rather than taking many slices as with a tradition CT scanner. This feature eases system operation and reduces scan time. The pedCAT, for example, scans a patient in about one minute. Second, CBCT units can be located outside radiology departments, since they typically don’t require a lead-lined room or a special power source. Third, providers will find that CBCT positively impacts their practice, with improved diagnostic capabilities, streamlined workflow, and greater productivity. Finally, patients benefit with an easy-access unit that provides same-day results from a single brief visit.

CBCT provides other benefits to orthopedists and podiatrists, as well, such as the ability to produce load-bearing images. Load-bearing images of extremities, such as feet and ankles, may reveal alignment abnormalities that a conventional CT scan might miss. And CBCT offers improved spatial resolution over other methods, such as traditional CT scans or X-rays. One of the biggest benefits, though, is the transmission of a far smaller radiation dose. The tube current on a conventional CT scan typically ranges between 50 mA and 300 mA, and even an ultralow-dose setting would be between 20 mA and 60 mA. CurveBeam’s pedCAT, by contrast, has a fixed tube current of just 3mA, and the patient is exposed to 2 to 5 micro Sieverts per scan—less than the average background radiation a U.S. resident experiences daily.

Of course, there are also several challenges in adopting CPCT technology. For example, since CBCT uses a completely different image acquisition technology, comparing scans with conventional CT is difficult. The lack of dose and image quality assessment standards for CBCT limits accreditation. And since a unit like the pedCAT automatically generates all standard X-Ray views in addition to the full CT volume, many orthopedists and podiatrists feel they can interpret the images themselves in-house. In fact, some radiologists fear that point-of-care units could negatively impact their role as specialists. But other radiologists argue that the sophistication required in interpreting CT scan results will keep their expert services in demand.

In the future, CBCT units may even be used in emergency departments, as well, since the unit takes up so little space. The pedCAT’s footprint, for example, is about four feet by five feet. This means a CPCT scanner could be easily relocated where needed since it is relatively lightweight and mobile.

Read ““Imaging in the Extremities” by Beth W. Orenstein here: http://www.radiologytoday.net/archive/rt0317p16.shtml

The Hospital for Special Surgery Utilization of pedCAT

The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) located in Manhattan is ranked as the #1 hospital for orthopedics by the prestigious US News and World Report (2016-2017). And when the surgeons and clinicians at this elite medical institution need to make a proper foot and ankle diagnosis, they rely on CurveBeam’s revolutionary pedCAT system for fast and accurate 3D imaging.

Assessing the root cause of a patient’s pain is essential for developing a comprehensive treatment plan. At HSS, this evaluation process begins with an interview so that specialists can learn a patient’s unique history and obtain information regarding the primary care physician’s prognosis. Then the patient steps into the pedCAT scanner, where expert radiologists can conduct foot and ankle imaging faster than X-rays and CT scans, resulting in fewer hospital trips and significantly reduced exposure to radiation. The pedCAT system delivers the highest quality images and robust data, allowing physicians to make the most accurate diagnosis of the malady, and guiding the surgeon in the operating room for a superior treatment outcome. Watch below and visit curvebeam.com to learn more about the pedCAT.

 

The Top 3 Reasons to Visit CurveBeam at the AAOS Annual Meeting

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is holding its annual meeting at the San Diego Convention Center from March 14-18, 2017. More than 30,000 Academy Fellows, AAOS members, international guests, allied medical professionals, and exhibitors are expected to attend. Attendees can learn about the latest industry trends and medical advancements in educational sessions, and speak with representatives from top equipment vendors. So why stop by the CurveBeam booth?

1. You’ll learn about new automatic measurement tools and experience firsthand the many ways CurveBeam can help you harness the power of artificial intelligence in your practice. Get a hands-on demonstration of the pedCAT, CurveBeam’s compact, ultra-low dose CT imaging system, which is ideal for orthopedic and podiatric clinics, and see how to harness the full power of the datasets with CurveBeam’s visualization software solutions. Watch below.

 

2. Get an exclusive look at the LineUP (investigational only), which is not yet available for sale in the United States. LineUP is CurveBeam’s revolutionary new system that allows bilateral, weight-bearing CT imaging of the knee and lower extremities in less than one minute. LineUP will redefine orthopedic care and you will be among the first to see it.

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3. Witness for yourself the compact design of InReach, which provides point-of-care CT imaging for the upper extremities. InReach is a cone beam CT scanner that images the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow, as well as the lower extremities, providing the perfect reformat, every time. Best of all, a scan takes less than 20 seconds, improving both workflow and patient care. With InReach’s ability to provide 3D renderings, 0.3 mm multi-planar slices, and X-rays, point-of-care extremity CT imaging will soon be “in reach” to everyone.inreach room layout

CurveBeam’s automatic measurement tools lead to better patient outcomes, streamlined practice workflow, and increased revenue. Stop by booth 510 at the AAOS Annual Meeting and find out how our orthopedic imaging solutions can help you and, more importantly, help your patients.

CurveBeam Selected to Join The OrthoForum

2017 is in full swing, and we at CurveBeam are excited about the prospects the year has in store for both our company and the field of orthopedics. At only eight years old, we are relatively young, but in that short time we have emerged as a leading manufacturer of imaging equipment for orthopedic and podiatric specialties around the globe. Our imaging equipment helps provide better patient outcomes, and we are continuing to innovate new solutions for leading specialty practices. It is with great pleasure we announce we have recently been added as an approved vendor to The OrthoForum Purchasing Alliance.

CurveBeam participated in OrthoForum’s Annual Conference in Laguna Niguel, Cali., last week, and will also be exhibiting at the regional conferences throughout the rest of the year.

The OrthoForum is a national physician specialty organization whose membership includes over 3,090 physicians and some of the largest private orthopedic practices in the country – and growing. Members are individually selected to help meet the unique challenges that integrated orthopedic group practices face in today’s healthcare environment. The top priority of the organization is to protect the ability of orthopedic practices to remain independent and provide the highest quality patient care. Advocacy, engagement between members and elected officials, and collaborations with other orthopedic and medical associations are methods The OrthoForum employs to fulfill its mission.[1] CurveBeam is thrilled to join The OrthoForum Purchasing Alliance and is ready to demonstrate our commitment to helping fellow members and all orthopedic practitioners thrive.

Our dedication to orthopedics is exemplified by our revolutionary pedCAT system, which utilizes an innovative design and compact footprint to bring point-of-care advanced imaging into the foot and ankle specialty. Practices all across the United States, Europe and Australia rely on the pedCAT system, and its custom visualization software, CubeVue, for 3D imaging that is essential to formulating comprehensive treatment plans. Research has shown pedCAT is ten times faster than X-rays and CT scans, resulting in fewer patient trips to the hospital and significantly reduced exposure to radiation.[2]

As innovators, we are constantly developing new technologies to improve patient care. This year we’re looking forward to launching InReach, an extremity cone beam CT scanner that images the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and the lower extremities. At 20 seconds per scan, InReach provides fast and easy imaging. Our professionals are also hard at work designing a revolutionary, complete lower extremity imaging solution for orthopedic and podiatric specialists that we hope to bring to market in the months ahead.

At CurveBeam, we’re passionate about engineering technology that advances better patient outcomes, and streamlines the workflow of clinicians within the orthopedic specialty. The OrthoForum advocates for operators within the entire orthopedic field, and we are honored to participate in these efforts as a new member of this respected organization.

[1] http://www.theorthoforum.com/about-us/
[2] https://www.curvebeam.com/blog/join-the-talas-revolution-in-foot-and-ankle-diagnosis/