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CurveBeam Plays an Important Role in the Best Research Awards at the EFAS Congress

Dr. Francois Lintz posted about being nominated for best research award at EFAS 2018 and congratulated Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto for winning the award with his paper on Weight Bearing CT.
Dr. Francois Lintz posted about being nominated for best research award at EFAS 2018 and congratulated Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto for winning the award with his paper on weight bearing ct.

 

The 12th annual European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS) Congress was recently held in Geneva. As a part of this prestigious event, Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto and Dr. Francois Lintz presented papers that were both nominated for research awards. CurveBeam is proud to have played a part in both of these important projects.

Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto Wins Awards for Research and Best Oral Presentation

 Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto, Clinical Fellow of Foot and Ankle Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, was nominated and won a distinguished research award for his paper titled, “Weightbearing CT and MRI findings of Stage II Flatfoot Deformity: Can We Predict Patients at High-Risk for Foot Collapse?” Earlier in the year, he also won the best oral presentation at the FLAMeCiPP meeting, organized by the Latin American Foot and Ankle Federation.

Dr. de Cesar Netto’s research involved the prediction of soft tissue failure using weight bearing cone beam computed tomography (WBCT), an imaging modality that allows excellent evaluation of the relative three-dimensional positioning of the tarsal bones in dynamic deformities such as Acquired Adult Flatfoot Deformity (AAFD). The study indicated that WBCT can predict ligamentous injuries and dynamic bone deformity in AAFD patients.

Dr. Francois Lintz was Nominated for his Research

 Dr. Francois Lintz an orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Foot & Ankle Surgery in Toulouse, France, was also nominated for a research award for his paper, “3D Biometrics: A Prospective Comparative Evaluation of the Foot Ankle Offset Using Weight Bearing CT Semi Automatic Software.” The objective of Dr. Lintz’s study was to prospectively assess the clinical relevance and reproducibility of the Foot and Ankle Offset (FAO) value for hindfoot alignment, which requires WBCT for measurement, and compare it with previous findings. The study concluded that hindfoot alignment can be measured reliably using WBCT and demonstrated that FAO has good repeatability, and correlates well with clinical examination, 2D findings, and previous literature.

The EFAS Congress  

 The EFAS Congress provides a platform for professionals of all disciplines dealing with foot and ankle surgery and research to share their knowledge and advance the specialty. This year’s program, themed “State of the Art Foot and Ankle Surgery,” included a line-up of internationally renowned surgeons and scientists in the foot and ankle community. For this year’s gathering, the EFAS also invited representatives from two established national foot and ankle societies—the SFAS (Swiss Foot and Ankle Society) and the KFAS (Korean Foot and Ankle Society)—to share their expertise and innovative approaches in foot and ankle pathologies and treatments. The result was a program that provided a multidisciplinary, comprehensive overview of the latest scientific and clinical findings in foot and ankle surgery, state of the art surgical techniques, biomechanics, efficient conservative treatments, and the most recent imaging modalities in the field.

To watch a recording of the Weight Bearing CT International Study Group’s open scientific meeting at EFAS, click here.

Latest WBCT ISG Scientific Meeting Topics Include Distance Mapping and Syndesmosis Modeling

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The WBCT International Study Group’s most recent scientific meeting was held during the 3-day European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS) International Congress. Expert speakers came together from across the globe to impart their knowledge and clinical findings as it pertains to a wide variety of studies surrounding weight bearing CT imaging. Speakers and topics included:

  • Shadpour Demehi, MD (Maryland, USA): “Advanced imaging of syndesmotic injuries: where are we now and what can we do with weight bearing CT”
  • Sorin Siegler, PhD (Pennsylvania, USA): “The use of distance mapping in combination with WBCT”
  • Andrew Goldberg, MD (London, UK): “Center of rotation of the subtalar joint: novel research in the use of WBCT to assess dynamic function”
  • Kris Buedts, MD (Antwerp, Belgium): “Deformity correction and 3-D planning based on the WBCT”
  • Oliver Michelsson, MD (Helsinki, Finland): “Use of low dose WBCT in cartilage and bony lesions of the ankle”
  • Arne Burrsens, MD (Utah, USA): “Three-dimensional modeling of the weight bearing ankle syndemosis”
  • Martinus Richter, MD, PhD, & International WBCT Study Group President (Rummelsberg, Germany): “Results of a 5-year/10,000 scans experience with WBCT: impact on costs, radiation exposure, and time spent”

Completely independent from the industry but cooperative with different manufacturers of different WBCT devices, the Weight Bearing CT International Study Group is comprised of lower extremity orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, and biomedical engineers. The group’s mission is to promote dialogue and collaboration on weight bearing CT research initiatives and is working to create standardized protocols for weight bearing CT measurements and analysis.

Curvebeam is proud of their collaborative role as an industry sponsor in bringing together this unique group of educated, experienced professionals to discuss both the potential and proven successes of WBCT modality. We want to express our thanks to the group’s speakers and members for sharing their unparalleled expertise, and to our co-partners—Planmed and Carestream—for ensuring a clear-cut future for the most promising innovation in foot and ankle radiographic imaging. Watch the presentation below.

Biomedical Engineer Presents Important Findings on the Responsiveness of Standing CT for Measurement of Knee Joint Space Narrowing at IOWAI 2018

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Imaging is a critical tool in the diagnosis and management of osteoarthritis. The International Workshop on Osteoarthritis Imaging (IOWAI) was created to offer opportunities for osteoarthritis investigators to discuss issues and share findings related to imaging. This Workshop was first held in Ainring, Germany in 2017 and is now held annually at various locations in Europe and North America. This year’s IOWAI will be held in Menton, France, on July 5-8. Thought leaders and influencers from academia, regulatory and funding agencies, and the medical equipment industry will be in attendance.

Kaitlin Rabe, Biomedical Research Assistant at the University of Kansas Medical Center, will be presenting a poster titled, “Responsiveness of Standing CT for Measurement of Knee Joint Space Narrowing Over 60 Months.” The study was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the University of Iowa, and the University of California, San Francisco.image2

In the workshop, Ms. Rabe will discuss the limitations of two-dimensional radiography when measuring joint space width (JSW). These 2D weight-bearing radiographs traditionally suffer from poor sensitivity when used to detect knee osteoarthritis and produce poor correlation with symptom progression.

Much of these issues can be attributed to the inherent limitations in the 2D radiography procedure, such as the dependence on X-ray beam alignment with the medial tibial plateau. In addition, the temporal and spatial heterogeneity of structural progression of knee OA limits the responsiveness of radiographic JSW to diagnose disease progression. MRI offers important advantages over 2D radiography, but is typically non-weight-bearing.

Standing CT (SCT) imaging holds the potential to overcome these limitations and enhance responsiveness in three-dimensional JSW measurements. This is because JSW is measured in a loaded position while avoiding bony overlap and error due to beam angle variations.

In her workshop, Ms. Rabe will provide preliminary data for the responsiveness of 3D JSW on SCT over 60 months using an early prototype of the CurveBeam LineUP system. The LineUP is a compact, ultra-low dose Cone Beam CT imaging system specifically designed for the orthopedic and podiatric specialties. Preliminary data calculated for 33 knees from 19 participants over 60 months support the hypothesis that 3D JSW exhibits a greater responsiveness than has been reported for radiography, similar to that for quantitative cartilage thickness measured on MRI over 12-months.

To get all the details on this important study, be sure to attend Ms. Rabe’s workshop at the IOWAI in Menton, France, July 5-8. For more details on accommodations and the all the workshops at this important conference, go to https://www.iwoai.org/.

WBCT ISG Special Session takes place next week in Boston

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Dr. Netto is currently a foot and ankle fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). He is part of the WBCT ISG board. His main research interests are weight bearing CT imaging and adult acquired flatfoot deformity. 

Weight-Bearing Cone Beam CT (WB CBCT) is a reality. This relatively new imaging technology has quickly transformed the ability of orthopedic surgeons to assess simple and complex deformities of the foot and ankle.  It is following the path to soon become the standard imaging study for foot and ankle pathologies.

The Weight-Bearing CT International Study Group (WBCT ISG) was formally founded in 2017. Our mission is to promote dialogue and collaboration on WB CBCT research initiatives, and to develop standardized protocols for WB CBCT measurements and imaging analysis and is jointly sponsored by Carestream, CurveBeam and Planmed.

The Group is comprised of active and passive members from relevant international surgical and radiology foot and ankle societies, and research projects are conducted and published in collaboration.  The main tasks of the WBCT ISG are:

  • To promote and improve research using three-dimensional imaging with WB CBCT
  • To standardize the methodology regarding measurement methods on WB CBCT images
  • To serve as a platform of communication for foot and ankle surgeons, radiologists and other healthcare providers with scientific interest in this field
  • To offer guidelines and reviews regarding the indications and use of WB CBCT at an international level

The WBCT ISG has been promoting Scientific Sessions at least once or twice a year, usually during the most important orthopedic foot and ankle societies meetings in the US and Europe. The sessions have been a great opportunity for people to get to know the technology and learn from the experience of the most important authors that have been publishing on the field. Our next WBCT ISG Scientific Session will take place in Boston (Massachusetts, US) during the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Annual Meeting. We are meeting on July 12th, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Hynes Convention Center, Room 310.

We are having a great line-up with very interesting talks of experienced speakers on the field, with the following agenda:

  • Moderation: Martinus Richter MD, Ph. D
    • (05:00-05:10 PM) – Opening and Message of the President

Professor Richter is the current president International WBCT Study Group and the most experienced researcher on the field. He is Associate Professor at the Hannover Medical School and Head of the Department for Foot and Ankle Surgery Nuremberg and Rummelsberg at the Hospital Rummelsberg and Sana-Hospital Nuremberg.

  • (05:10-05:22 PM) Francois Lintz, MD: Surface Interaction Maps in the Foot and Ankle Joints using Distance Mapping and WBCT

Dr. Lintz a Foot and Ankle Surgeon at the Clinique de L’Union in Toulouse, France. He is part of the WBCT ISG board and a leader on the field.

  • (05:22-05:34 PM) Daniel Guss MD, MBA: Weight Bearing CT and the Syndesmosis: A Nice-To-Have or Must-Have?

Dr. Guss is Foot and Ankle Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), In Boston-MA, US. He is Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has been actively looking for answers in the diagnosis and treatment of the challenging ankle syndesmotic injuries.

  • (05:34-05:46 PM) Alberto Leardini, Ph. D: Preliminary experience in the use of WB CBCT at the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli in Bologna.

Professor Leardini is a world famous and recognized author in foot and ankle biomechanics. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Movement Analysis at the Instituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy. He has been studying the role of the WB CBCT in the research and clinical environment.

  • (05:46-05:58 PM) Alastair Younger, MB, ChB, MSc, ChM, FRCSC: Relationship between percentage of bone healing on WBCT and clinical outcomes for fractures and fusions. 

Dr. Younger is world recognized surgeon and researcher from St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He has enormous experience with complex deformities of the foot and ankle and special interest in bone healing and non-union.

  • (05:58-06:10 PM) Cesar de Cesar Netto: How weightbearing cone beam CT is going to change the treatment of flatfoot deformity?

Dr. de Cesar Netto is currently a Foot and Ankle Fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). He is part of the WBCT ISG board and his main research interest are WB CBCT and adult acquired flatfoot deformity.

  • (06:10-06:25 PM) Questions and Answers
  • (06:25-06:30 PM) Adjourn

We would be glad to have you attend! Please RSVP today; see you in Boston!

CurveBeam Announces Exhibit Presentation Schedule for AOFAS

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The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) will hold its annual meeting from July 11 to July 14 in Boston, Massachusetts. The event will feature exhibits and targeted educational opportunities along with the chance to network with professionals in the orthopaedic specialties.

CurveBeam is honored to be exhibiting at this year’s event and will host the following presentations in booth #512:

  • Thursday, July 12, 9:30 AM to 9:45 AM: Francois Lintz presents “Automatically measuring hindfoot in Three-Dimensions.”
  • Thursday, July 12, 3:45 PM to 4:00 PM: Cesar de Cesar Netto presents “Weight Bearing Cone Beam CT: The Road to Somewhere!”
  • Friday, July 13, 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM: Arne Burssens presents “Understand what you diagnose, know what you treat using weightbearing CT.”
  • Friday, July 13, 1:15 PM to 1:30 PM: Martinus Richter presents “What we have learned from more than 8,000 scans at a foot and ankle center.”

​The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) is an organization of more than 2,200 orthopaedic surgeons from the US and abroad who specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of injuries, diseases, and​ other conditions of the foot and ankle. Their annual meeting is a premier event in the orthopaedic community, and CurveBeam is pleased to be participating alongside some of the industry’s most distinguished leaders. CurveBeam’s highly innovative work in CT imaging has been well received by foot and ankle specialists, and we are proud of our collaboration in efforts toward improved patient outcomes.

Learn more here about CurveBeam’s work with the orthopaedic community.

CurveBeam Plans Weight Bearing CT Presentation with a Special Focus on Sports Med at AOSSM Annual Meeting 2018

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The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Annual Meeting will soon open its doors to welcome 1,300 sports medicine specialists, practitioners, and society members. Meeting attendees receive four days of leading research and education programming from elite orthopaedic sports medicine experts and medical innovators.

While you attend AOSSM, be sure to check out a presentation by Dr. Kent Feldmen titled ‘Weight Bearing CT: Shining New Light on Common Lower Extremity Sports Injuries.” This presentation will occur on Thursday, July 5 from 10:55 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. at AOSSM Booth #401.

AOSSM 2018 takes place this year on July 5 through July 8 in San Diego, California at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The Annual Meeting plays a crucial role in providing insights on frontline research to the orthopaedic sports medicine community, which is why CurveBeam is excited to exhibit.

Learn More About pedCAT and LineUP

Visit booth 401 to learn about how pedCAT and LineUP could improve your practice. Bilateral, weight bearing scans of the feet, ankles and knees give physicians the information they need to assess the biomechanical spatial relationships and alignment of the lower extremities.

Also learn about the InReach, an upper extremity imaging solution for immediate point-of-care diagnosis of scaphoid fractures, distal radius fractures, and other easily misdiagnosed injuries.

Weight Bearing CT and Lower Extremity Sports Injuries Presentation

The CurveBeam team is looking forward to the opportunity to meet, educate and connect with top physicians in the field of sports medicine. To learn more about our weight bearing CT technology and find out where the team will be this year, please visit curvebeam.com/events-and-webinars/events-and-trade-shows/.

International Weight Bearing CT Study Group in New Orleans

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Foot & ankle surgeons are invited to the Scientific Session on Weight Bearing CT from 5:45 AM to 7:00 AM, on March 10, 2018, prior to the events of AOFAS Specialty Day. The session, presented by the WBCT International Study Group (WBCT ISG), will be moderated by Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto in the Marriott New Orleans Downtown Convention Center’s second floor Fulton Room (directly across from the  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)

A full, hot breakfast will be provided to all attendees.

Dr. Alex Barg from the University of Utah will present an overview of current literature on weight bearing CT imaging.

Dr. Martin O’Malley of the Hospital for Special Surgery will follow with a discussion titled Weight Bearing CT of the Foot and Ankle in Treatment of Professional Athletes.

Dr. Mark Easley from Duke Orthopedics will then present a talk titled WB CT vs Standard CT for the Fppt and Ankle: The Devil is in the Detais.

The presentations will close with a lecture on correlating weight bearing CT with pedography, offered by Dr. Martinus Richter of Krankenhaus Rummelsberg.

The International WBCT Study Group is comprised of active and passive members from relevant international surgical and radiology foot and ankle societies. The goals of the group include standardizing methodology of measurement practices, offering a platform of communication in the foot and ankle specialties, and creating guidelines and reviews regarding WBCT use at the international level. Research projects are conducted and published collaboratively. While the group functions independently from the industry, it works cooperatively with the different manufacturers of different WBCT devices.

CurveBeam is a proud sponsor of the WBCT ISG.

A primary goal of CurveBeam is provide cutting-edge Cone Beam CT capabilities to foot and ankle specialists at a fraction of the price of traditional CT equipment.

Register here for the Study Group session. If you’d like to learn more about CurveBeam’s Cone Beam CT technology, visit our website today.

CurveBeam Sponsors The OrthoForum’s Annual Meeting

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CurveBeam is proud to be a returning sponsor of The OrthoForum’s Annual Meeting February 15-17, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida. The event will bring together orthopedic practices from all over the United States.

This year’s agenda will focus on practical ways new physician owners can become productive board and committee members and will include instruction on the factors and skills needed to successfully contribute to effective practice management. Highlights of the event include a presentation from keynote speaker Andrew Hayek, the CEO of Surgical Care Affiliates and Optum Health, focusing on the delivery of orthopedic care in a value based payment environment.

Ross Bernstein, a nationally known business speaker, will present information on developing peak performers based on his extensive research with professional athletes, and OrthoForum will showcase new initiatives that are creating practice management support programs for compliance and physician recruiting.

CurveBeam will have information about its imaging solutions on display.

The pedCAT system was created with orthopedic and podiatric clinics in mind, and is a compact, ultra-low dose CT imaging system. Since the device was designed for busy practices, the pedCAT can scan in less than one minute. The system is also self-shielded and has a compact footprint of about 4’ x 5’. The pedCAT has the largest field of view available in orthopedic CBCT imaging, which permits true weight-bearing positioning.

The InReach system can perform hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and lower extremity scanning in less than 20 seconds. The InReach is the most compact system on the market, with a footprint of about 2’ x 3’. The system is self-shielded and is also PACS/DICOM compatible, just like the PedCAT.

We at CurveBeam are very excited to attend this event this year as a Sponsor, and we look forward to meeting Ortho practices from all over the country. For more information on the event, you can visit the event website, or email questions directly to Lauren Chastain at lchastain@theorthoforum.com.

 

See you soon!

CurveBeam Shares Some Key Takeaways from the 2017 RSNA Annual Meeting

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CurveBeam recently had the pleasure of attending and participating in the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held in Chicago from November 26 to December 1. The RSNA Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity for attendees from around the world to gather and meet with thought leaders and innovators to learn about the latest advances in imaging. Post-event, we wanted to share our experiences including some key takeaways.

Rising Injuries in Youth Sports
Diego Jaramillo, MD, MPH, from Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, delivered a presentation titled “The Perfect Storm for Athletic Injuries: Youth, Growth, and Hormones”. Dr. Jaramillo shared how childhood sports have become increasingly intense and competitive. As young athletes dedicate more time and energy to one specific sport and even specialize in specific functions within that sport, the type of injuries, particularly repetitive injuries, are intensifying. Increased bone porosity of a young skeleton coupled with an increase in muscle strength can stress a skeleton and predispose it to damage. Puberty, including the hormonal influences on the growth plate, also increases the vulnerability of the skeleton to injury. Following x-rays, most young athletes are diagnosed using CT, especially for injuries that involve the head or that are primarily osseous such as the triplane fracture.

Effect of Weight Loss on Knee Cartilage Degeneration
Alexandra S. Gersing, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco, shared the results of a study on “How Weight is Lost Can Slow Knee Cartilage Degeneration”. The study examined which types of weight loss are most beneficial for patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight to slow the progression of knee cartilage degeneration. The study looked at 760 male and female patients with a body mass index greater than 25 who were enrolled in the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI), a U.S.-based study focused on the prevention and treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Patients were categorized into groups according to the amount of weight they were asked to lose over a 48-month period, as well as the weight loss method. Changes in the right knee were assessed at baseline, 48-, and 96-months using 3T MRI. Patients who lost weight showed significantly less T2-value increase in the bone layer of all compartments compared to those with stable weight, suggesting less cartilage degeneration over 96 months.

Patients Prefer Immediate Test Results
Radiology resident David Mihal, MD, of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH), shared a “Survey that Showed Patients Prefer to Get Immediate Test Results”. Dr. Mihal began the four-phase study after learning that 20 percent of patients were uncertain about how they were going to get their results and had expressed anxiety to the technologist doing the exam. In phase one, techs screened outpatients to identify those who were nervous about their results. In phase two, the front desk staff checked for patients who didn’t have a follow-up appointment and offered them the option of immediate results. In phase three, all radiography outpatients were offered results as part of a questionnaire at check-in after a 10 to 20 minute wait. In phase four, the wait-time notification was eliminated from the questionnaire. Each successive phase tripled the rate at which patients used the service. Perhaps more important, 97 percent of patients understood that immediate results were available, and 92 percent of patient comments on the availability of the service were positive.

CurveBeam designs and manufactures Cone Beam CT imaging equipment specifically designed for the orthopedic and podiatric specialties, including the pedCAT, a compact, ultra-low dose CT imaging system. This technology allows doctors to make a better diagnosis the first time, eliminating the need for additional scans and, therefore, reducing low-level radiology exposure to patients. Best of all, the practice has access to the results right away. CurveBeam is proud to have participated in the 2017 RSNA Annual Meeting and is looking forward to RSNA 2018!

To learn more, visit CurveBeam.com today.

Webinar: Clinical Insights from Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto

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Current research in orthopedics and podiatry have revealed many advantages of weight-bearing CT procedures over traditional ones.

To offer greater insight into Weight Bearing CT benefits, Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto, of the Hospital for Special Surgery, is offering a lecture via Webcast on Tuesday, November 14. His lecture is titled, “Weight Bearing CT as an Essential Diagnostic Tool in Clinical Practice.”

Dr. Netto explained, “I will be demonstrating cases that would not normally be indicated for a medical CT exam. I will review how those cases presented on X-Ray, and then compare those to weight bearing CT scans of the same patient. I will show how weight bearing CT can often illuminate a pathology or deformity in ways that radiograph can often miss altogether.”

Prior to 2012, doctors and patients had fewer choices for imaging. X-rays can obscure bony detail, and non-weight bearing CTs lack accuracy with regard to join space and alignment. Today’s weight bearing CT scans improve upon the weaknesses of prior imaging options, and can result in a higher level of care for orthopedic and podiatry patients.

To register for this lecture, click here. To watch more webinars, click here.