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WBCT Research On Display at OARSI 2019

Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) 2019  World  Congress, the pre-eminent multidisciplinary global forum for all those interested in cutting edge OA research from academia and industry around the world, kicks off May 2 in Toronto, Canada.

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Make sure to visit poster #512 titled, “The Relationship of Three-Dimensional Joint Space Width Measured on Standing Computed Tomography with Concurrent Pain and Physical Function in the MOST Study” (Dr. Neil Segal, M.D. et al).

If you are unable to attend this year and would like to view the poster on display at OARSI 2019  click here to download it now.

Study: Weight Bearing CT leads to better injury identification in NBA players

For professional athletes, injuries mean reduced playing time, impacted performance, and, in rare cases, an end to their careers. These injuries often affect the lower extremities, primarily because their sports require high-risk activities like jumping, cutting movements, and collision with other players. While traditional scanning techniques have mainly been used to identify injuries, a recent study found that weight-bearing cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) may be crucial to not only identify anatomic risks but also to help develop treatments explicitly tailored to the needs of professional athletes.

Incorporating new tech

In The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto, et al. examined the morphology of foot injuries in 45 active NBA players. The doctors used weight-bearing CBCT scans to obtain 3D imaging of each foot. These scans provide more accurate alignment measurements than traditional scans and offer views of the foot while the player’s natural weight is being placed on it.

The study sought to discern whether the morphology of NBA players differed from that of the population at large, and whether the morphology changed based on position played. Foot and ankle injuries account for 27 percent of professional sports injuries, and 85 percent of basketball players experience at least one ankle sprain in their career.

Getting a better look

The players who participated in the study ranged from 20 to 31 years of age, and in total 29 right feet and 25 left feet were studied. All images were taken using a state-of-the-art pedCAT CurveBeam pedCAT system to obtain reliable and accurate images of each subject, and measurements were taken both manually and using the automatic TALAS measurement tool included with CurveBeam’s CubeVue software. TALAS is a research tool and is not available for clinical use. This is significant as it is the first time that a study of the foot morphotypes of NBA players has been conducted.

The study found that, for the most part, NBA players have standard alignment in their lower extremities, although they do tend to have high arches and varus hindfoot alignment. These trends were slight, but they are related to foot injuries and should still be noted. Building up a database of weight-bearing CBCT scans of professional athletes could also allow specialists to have a new control group to compare scans to, which would be enormously beneficial., the study authors said.

Better analysis means better results

Incorporating weight-bearing CBCT scans like those of CurveBeam’s pedCAT can save players, and the league as a whole, both time and money in the long term. Not only will they be able to watch for warning signs, but they will have a complete view of available injuries and will could develop more specific training regimens geared towards returning athletes to the court as quickly as possible.

You can read the full study by Dr. de Cesar Netto, et al. here.

CURVEBEAM CONNECT: THE FUTURE OF SYNDESMOSIS EVALUATION

On this month’s edition of CurveBeam ConnectVinti Singh, Director of Marketing at CurveBeam interviews Alexej Barg, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Utah.

Dr. Barg specializes in the care of the foot and ankle, as well as reconstruction of traumatic injuries to the foot, ankle replacement, and joint preserving procedures.

Prior to coming to the University of Utah, he was the head of the Orthopedic Department at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

Dr. Barg currently serves as a reviewer for numerous medical journals including Foot & Ankle International, Journal of Biomechanics, Clinical Anatomy, and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, and is well published in foot and ankle replacement.

Currently, Dr. Barg is working with a variety of other researchers on a series of weight-bearing CT projects, including two cadaver research studies. On working with Dr. Arne Burssens on a templating method, Dr. Barg said, “we’re able to compare the healthy side versus the injury side and can detect very small differences in imaging using weight-bearing, which we’re not able to do using conventional radiographs and MRI.”

Give this podcast a listen to hear Singh and Dr. Barg break down his recent presentation on evaluating syndesmosis, his discoveries on the effect that torque plays in syndesmosis measurement, and whether these findings could translate to imaging in the clinical setting.

CurveBeam Heads to Nashville for AAOE 2019

 

CurveBeam will be on hand at AAOE 2019, exhibiting our innovative imaging solutions for orthopedic specialties and subspecialties in Booth #629.

AAOE provides advocacy, networking and business development for the orthopedic and musculoskeletal healthcare professions. To further promote quality healthcare practice management in the industry, each year the AAOE hosts a conference, gathering orthopedic practice professionals from around the country in one venue to learn new practice management techniques and policies, compare new products and services, discuss changes in healthcare and other issues affecting them each day, and more.

Proud to be a field pioneer, CurveBeam’s design and manufacture of advanced 3D imaging technologies have been setting new standards in orthopedic and podiatric 3D imaging since the company’s founding in 2009. Industry-leading innovation, CurveBeam’s imaging systems utilize progressive Cone Beam CT capabilities to provide cutting-edge imaging at a fraction of the cost of traditional CT equipment.

While at AAOE 2019, stop by Booth #629 and let the CurveBeam team guide you through the benefits of our trailblazing solutions that can positively support the imaging needs of your practice and patients.

Webinar: “How I Integrated WBCT Into My Private Practice”

soomekhSign up for CurveBeam’s next Corporate Webcast on FOOTInnovate.com. In his lecture titled, “How I Have Integrated Weight Bearing CT into My PracticeDr. David Soomekh, DPM will discuss how his practice has incorporated CurveBeam’s pedCAT weight bearing CT system.

Dr. Soomekh is the founder of the Foot & Ankle Specialty Group in Beverly Hills, as well as a Board Certified foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Soomekh was named best foot and ankle surgeon in Los Angeles by Los Angeles magazine.

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th from 7 p.m. – 8, EST. To view this webinar, you must register in advance here. Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the session.