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CurveBeam Unveils New Logo

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On the heels of a recent FDA approval for its LineUP system, CurveBeam unveiled a fresh, new look as it poises itself to enjoy a remarkable leadership position in the healthcare industry.

CurveBeam unveiled a new logo design that it will transition to using in all branded content and materials.

“CurveBeam’s primary focus is innovation,” explains Marketing Manager Vinti Singh. “Our new logo incorporates subtle design updates that reflect our culture of constant adaptation and change. However, the color scheme and swoop motif are preserved as a symbol of a commitment to our core values.”

With a line of cone beam scanning devices, CurveBeam allows clinics to offer weight bearing CT scanning to their patients to improve their quality of care. Here is the latest overview of the CurveBeam product line:

  • The InReach is an extremity cone beam CT scanner that images the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and the lower extremities. The InReach is the most compact orthopedic extremity CT scanner available.
  • The LineUP provides bilateral, weight-bearing CT imaging of the knee and lower extremities to redefine orthopedic care.
  • The pedCAT  is a compact, ultra-low dose CT imaging system that is 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.
  • CubeVue software provides powerful visualization tools to enhance diagnosis. The pedCAT system comes complete with CubeVue installed. CubeVue automatically generates all standard X-Ray views, possibly eliminating the need for your plain X-Ray system altogether. Insta-X views are free from magnification, distortion or patient positioning inaccuracies.

CurveBeam  has refreshed its brand and is committed to staying at the forefront of the orthopedic field as the healthcare industry evolves. As its team continues to push forward with new technology, CurveBeam is continuously evolving, always innovating, and keeping its approach to product development fresh.

CurveBeam was founded in 2009 by a group of individuals with a proven track record in the advanced and compact 3D imaging device domain. Learn more about the exciting things happening at CurveBeam today by our blog.

Avoiding False Negatives by Dodging Potential Pitfalls 

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It would seem radiography reigns supreme when it comes to initial fracture detection. And yet, some researchers from the University of Washington’s Department of Radiology believe that relying on a single x-ray image can lead to a false negative. In their article Radiographic Pitfalls in Lower Extremity Trauma, authors Alice Ha, Jack Porrino, and Felix Chew examine the possible reasons for a missed diagnosis and measures that can be taken to avoid these inaccuracies. While the article lists a variety of pitfalls that can trip up radiologists, these can generally be broken down into three groups.

The first group relates to technological hitches. Detecting a fracture relies on having a variety of views, proper positioning, and technically sound equipment. While severe fractures may be identified from various viewpoints, others may only be detected when viewed from a specific angle, and fractures that go unnoticed can lead to more severe issues down the road. Additionally, the introduction of digital radiography has led to a belief that insufficient tube current can display an underexposed radiograph. To avoid false negative conclusions, there must be a thorough set of technical checks in place.

The second group that Ha, Porrino, and Chew focus on arise from physiological complications. Nondisplaced fractures, for instance, are often impossible to spot using a basic radiograph as the lack of displacement makes the bone appear intact, especially if weight bearing scans are not a part of the process. Utilizing a CT scan or an MRI can help avoid these errors, particularly in the lower extremities where there’s a higher possibility of missed fractures. And, according to the authors, fractures in places where hardware or artificial replacements have been installed can be all but invisible to radiographs, and thereby require a more comprehensive scan.

The third group of pitfalls highlighted in the article are attributed to human error. This can include everything from eliminating that one vital viewing angle during the imaging process, to simple faulty reasoning. A radiologist may identify a fracture, for example, but fail to realize the fracture is atypical for its location, and mis- or under- diagnose treatment for a more far-reaching issue. There is also the fact that many normal anatomic variations, such as sesamoid bones with multiple parts, can be mistaken for fractures. Other options must be implemented to account for human error.

At CurveBeam, we strive to erase potential pitfalls. Whether it’s allowing doctors to examine fractures through a weight bearing CT scan using our pedCAT technology, or giving a comprehensive look at a patient’s lower extremities with CurveBeam’s forthcoming LineUP, our products reduce false negative occurrences to ensure patients are getting the care they need.

To learn more about how CurveBeam products help to avoid radiographic pitfalls, visit http://www.curvebeam.com/ today!

Skeletomuscular Imaging Use Increased Dramatically, 1994-2013

Use of radiography, ultrasound, MR, and CT—the four most common imaging tests used for orthopedic extremities—on Medicare patients experienced a jump from 1994 to 2013, according to a study published in the latest issue of The American Journal of Roentgenology by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute,

CT grew by 754 percent. Although experiencing the smallest jump in growth at only 43 percent, radiography remained the most used billing specialty. The use of ultrasound grew by 528 percent, while MR grew by 619 percent. Hospitals should expect to see the use of this equipment continue to rise.

Knowing patterns of imaging technology use and growth is important for hospital to plan for future equipment. For example, the relatively small increase seen in radiography masks the fact that, because radiography is by far the most used form of imaging technology, the number of uses has risen sharply, indicating hospitals may need to invest in more radiography equipment to meet the increased demand.

At the same time, such dramatic growth in other forms of imaging means an increased need for more machines as well. After all, even if your CT scanner only had 10 patients in 1994, at 754% growth, that same scanner would be used on 7,540 patients in 2013. That’s over 20 patients a day with it up and running all 365 days of the year.

An increased interest in skeletomuscular care is likely one of the main drivers of this increase. After all, increasing the use of advanced imaging can increase information accuracy and thus improve patient care. The upcoming Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) in 2019 will also make it more likely that the use of these machines will become more fine-tuned to ensure the right scans are being used at the right time for the right needs.

To learn more about growth and advancement in imaging processes at Curvebeam, visit us online today!

Join The TALAS Revolution in Foot and Ankle Diagnosis

For years, Dr. François Lintz, an orthopedic foot & ankle surgeon at Clinique de l’Union in Toulouse, France, relied on 2D (weight-bearing) X-rays and 3D (non-weightbearing) CT scans in treating patients, some with extraordinarily complicated deformities. Because of the shortcomings of the images, the doctor had to rely on his eyes and hands to calculate alignment measurements. The combination of the rudimentary tools and his expertise allowed him to successfully correct many malformations, although for reasons unknown, a fraction of patients did not experience positive treatment outcomes.

In order to minimize these unsuccessful treatment outcomes, Dr. Lintz searched for more advanced imaging tools and found CurveBeam’s pedCAT. pedCAT provides bilateral, weight bearing 3D CT imaging of the foot and ankle. Dr. Lintz quickly discovered that pedCAT greatly surpassed traditional imaging methods. pedCAT technology proved to be ten times faster than X-Ray and CT studies, reduced the number of patient trips to the hospital, and exposed patients to significantly less radiation.

Dr. Lintz also realized the 3D data generated by pedCAT was far more robust than could be interpreted by available software for making foot alignment measurements. So he embarked on a collaboration with CurveBeam engineers to develop a revolutionary new measurement software – TALAS.

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TALAS Software demonstration of 3DWBCT hindfoot alignment measure

 

TALAS (Torque Ankle Lever Arm System) is a groundbreaking feature within pedCAT’s visualization application CubeVue. Currently only applicable for hindfoot alignment with forefoot alignment coming soon, TALAS automatically determines foot and ankle offset in a 3D volume. While not approved as a diagnostic tool in humans, TALAS can be used in research for establishing a 3D database of important anatomical landmarks for future diagnostic use. TALAS is patent pending.

Using TALAS to conduct his own research, Dr. Lintz compared the correlations of 3D and 2D biometrics of hindfoot alignment with actual alignment. What he discovered was a 20% greater correlation with actual alignment using pedCAT’s 3D imaging and TALAS feature. pedCAT outperforms radiographs and non-weightbearing CT scans in detecting correct angles, helping to prevent inaccuracies of projection and foot orientation. And TALAS utilizes this wealth of data to provide remarkably precise measurements.

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The innovative features of the TALAS Software

TALAS is the only tool available dedicated to measure hindfoot alignment with a weight bearing 3D dataset. While presently useful for research, Dr. Lintz hopes clinicians around the world will use the software feature to help build a comprehensive database of (anonymized) information, which will allow TALAS to one day serve in diagnosis. Quantifying deformities is the first step to helping medical experts develop treatment plans to correct them. You’re invited to join the data harvesting effort by utilizing TALAS in order to create more positive outcomes for your current, and future, patients.

Exclusive Video From The First pedCAT Weight Bearing CT Scientific Users’ Meeting in Berlin

meeting-83519_960_720 (1)The first pedCAT Weight Bearing CT Scientific User’s Meeting recently convened at the 2016 Foot International (EFAS, DAF, I-FAB) in Berlin. The meeting focused on weight bearing cone beam CT (WBCT) technology and the potential applications and challenges it presents.

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Look for several interesting items as you watch:

  • Professor Martinus Richter’s work included a time workflow study on the use of X-Ray,  conventional medical CT, and the pedCAT; the results will surprise you. His study also showed how weight-bearing  CT measurements are more accurate than X-Ray measurements.
  • Dr. Arne Burssens’ study on hindfoot alignment answered critical questions: How do we identify varus and valgus, how do we accurately measure them, and how can we be sure that the measurements are clinically useful and reproducible?
  • Dr. Francois Lintz gives us a sneak peek at a new weight-bearing measurement CT tool that will be available exclusively in CubeVue, pedCAT’s software. It will enable users to measure alignment in three dimensions, and distinguish between normal and pathological cases.
  • Dr. Cesar Netto’s study focused on adult acquired flatfoot deformity, comparing  measurements on weight bearing CT vs non-weight bearing CT.
  • Dr. Michael Wachowsky’s study focused on the use of weight bearing CT  with pediatric patients, and asks: With the new weight bearing CT technology, what will be the exact definitions of the measurements?

The challenge created by this new technology is clear: How do we now define what we are measuring, since the current X-Ray methods have just been rendered obsolete?

“We can’t have non-weight bearing CTs and say anything about alignment – that’s over,” concluded Dr. Charles Saltzman. “What do we want to measure, and how do we know what we’re measuring represents reality?”

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pedCAT CubeVue: Automatic X-Ray Views

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It takes less than a minute to scan a patient in the pedCAT, but that’s enough time for the pedCAT system to collect enough data to create a 3D reconstruction of the foot and ankle, as well as .3 mm slices in all three planes.

COMING SOON: A new feature will let you take that data one step further – pedCAT’s CubeVue software will automatically generate the data into common X-Ray views, including the Saltzman hindfoot view, the dorsoplantar view, and left and right lateral views.

The automatic X-Ray view feature will save the physicians valuable time when analyzing their patient data.

To learn more about this and other CubeVue features,  contact your CurveBeam representative!

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