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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.

Physicians Footcare and CurveBeam Mobile Hit the Road

CurveBeam Mobile  makes weight-bearing CT imaging accessible and affordable to all providers, regardless of practice size. Featuring custom-built mobile imaging suites and expertly trained technicians, CurveBeam Mobile delivers the ultimate in cost-effective service and convenience, providing a first-class experience for patients and unparalleled diagnostic support for practices.

A patient is ready for a standing CT scan in Physicians Footcare's mobile imaging facility.
A patient is ready for a standing CT scan in Physicians Footcare’s mobile imaging facility.

 

 

 

Recently, Physicians Footcare (PFC), a full-service podiatry practice with 11 offices located throughout South Carolina, announced it will begin providing standing CT services to its locations via a mobile imaging center, which was custom built by CurveBeam Mobile.

The state-of-the-art mobile imaging facility is the first-of-its-kind in the United States. The imaging facility will travel around Richland and Aiken counties to each PFC location, scanning patients in communities throughout the Palmetto state.

“Our unique delivery model provides our patients with the quality and sophistication of care they would expect from the very best medical centers in the country,” said Dr. Kevin L. Ray. “This motto provides our patients with the convenience and comfort of personalized care they receive from the local practitioner they know and trust.”

Until standing CT technology was introduced in the United States in 2012, foot and ankle physicians and radiologists had to rely on conventional medical CT, in which a patient is scanned while lying down.

However, the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society recommends standing imaging when possible. Imaging patients while they are standing provides a true assessment of bone and joint alignment. Standing CT scans will allow the PFC’s 15 podiatric physicians  to diagnose and treat conditions including but not limited to fractures, subluxations and dislocations, midfoot injuries, bunions, flat feet, sprains, arthritis, and diabetic-related complications.

The mobile imaging suite is outfitted with a CurveBeam pedCAT.  The CurveBeam pedCAT takes 360 two-dimensional X-Rays of each foot and stitches them together to create an exact, three-dimensional digital replica of the foot and ankle, allowing PFC physicians a comprehensive study of each foot and ankle structure.

A pedCAT standing CT scan takes less than 45 seconds, and radiation dose is lower than a conventional medical CT exam.

Both CurveBeam Mobile and PFC are excited about this first of its kind venture.

Join CurveBeam at the 2018 Orthopaedic Summit in Las Vegas

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Orthopaedic Summit Evolving Techniques (OSET) is the premier gathering of spine and trauma surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, and physical and occupational therapists from across the globe. This year’s event will be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from December 5-8 and includes cutting-edge, industry-sponsored, surgical demonstrations, symposia, debates, and small group discussions on the latest techniques in orthopaedics.

CurveBeam, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of CT imaging equipment for the orthopedic and podiatric specialties, is proud to be a part of this year’s summit. Attendees can stop by Booth 323 on the exhibition floor to check out the company’s innovative products, such as the LineUP, firsthand. The LineUP allows bilateral, weight-bearing CT imaging of the knee and lower extremities and is helping to redefine orthopedic care.

WapnerIn addition, Dr. Keith Wapner, MD, will be presenting December 6th during the “Innovation in Foot & Ankle Surgery” section from 2:20 pm to 2:27 pm. Dr. Wapner, Director of the Division of Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, will be sharing valuable information on weight bearing CT scans for foot and ankle surgeons.

The 2018 Orthopaedic Summit promises to be an exciting event. Schedule your LineUP demo at the Curvebeam booth at the summit today by clicking here.

3 Reasons to Visit CurveBeam at RSNA 2018

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The Radiological Society of North America 104th Annual Meeting commences November 25 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Attendees will get hands-on experience with cutting-edge tech, including artificial intelligence, 3D printing and virtual reality in the radiology specialty.

  1. See the complete LineUP system on display

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CurveBeam will feature its largest exhibit to date at the 2018 RSNA meeting. CurveBeam’s LineUP system, which was cleared by the FDA for sale earlier this year, will be on display. CurveBeam will showcase the Multi-Extremity chair, which permits imaging of the hand and elbow, as well as non-weight bearing foot and ankle imaging. Radiology administrators will be able to get a first-hand look at the multi-extremity chair’s ergonomic design that is comfortable for both patients and operators.

 

2. Improved Metal Artefact Reduction

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CurveBeam unveiled its proprietary metal artefact reduction (MAR) tool earlier this year with the launch of its LineUP system. CurveBeam’s MAR employs a high- density detection filter, which enables more authentic reconstructions in the vicinity of metal hardware. Users have the option to activate MAR prior to the start of each scan. Attendees can get a demo of before and after MAR datasets at CurveBeam’s exhibit.

3. Cinematic Renderings

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CurveBeam will display a cinematic rendering feature, currently under development, that will be offered as a part of its visualization software, in the future. Cinematic renderings simulate lifelike lighting techniques to provide a more photo-realistic 3D rendering of the bones and joints. In a recent study by Swiss researchers, radiologists and surgeons preferred cinematic renderings to volume renderings for a majority of ankle injuries.

If you are interested in setting up an appointment for a personal demo at RSNA, click here.

CurveBeam Relocates Headquarters for Expanding Team

Hatfield Office 1In 2009, a group of professionals with a passion and proficiency in extremity CT imaging joined together and formed CurveBeam. Since then, the entirely employee-owned company has built strong relationships within the orthopedic & radiology communities and uses the knowledge from those connections to continually improve its Cone Beam CT imaging equipment. After nearly decade of growth, it does not appear that CurveBeam will slow down anytime soon.

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The University of Kansas Announces Grant Funding for Knee Imaging Biomarkers Acquired from Weight Bearing CT

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The University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has received a grant from the National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund three years of research on the usefulness of bilateral weight bearing CT imaging and the critical need for more sensitive and affordable imaging biomarkers.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent form of arthritis, and the knee is the most commonly affected weight-bearing joint. The high cost of clinical trials creates a barrier for effective treatment development. Therefore, introduction of more specific and sensitive biomarkers could help to advance therapeutic development by reducing the time and sample sizes required for clinical trials.

Proposed Outcomes

There is an urgent need for imaging biomarkers that allow for identification of the best time in which patients will respond to treatment, and a means to analyze the efficiency of interventions. Early studies demonstrated the diagnostic value of bilateral weight-bearing CT in identifying knee OA symptoms accurately, as well as the feasibility to detect meniscal tears not detected by non-weight bearing MRI.

The grant from NIAMS will fund a study to validate the proposed imaging biomarkers and begin the qualification process for more responsive OA imaging biomarkers acquired using low-dose, bilateral standing CT imaging. Substantial advantages are offered over traditional radiographic biomarkers, including increased responsiveness to temporal changes in the joints, and a better reflection of the symptoms and severity of the disease. Additionally, this research will determine the prognostic validity of standing CT findings for detecting progression and worsening pain in people who currently suffer from or are at risk for knee OA.

Long-Term Impact

With the support of NIAMS, this research holds promise to detect joint damage earlier, and accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and clinical trials. The continuing impact will be evident through a shift in knee joint imaging with an improved biomarkers for monitoring knee OA disease features. If the additional meniscal extrusions detected on bilateral standing CT are clinically relevant, then standing CT could improve identification of the most appropriate patients for clinical trials – those at risk of rapid OA progression. Successful completion will provide improved biomarkers that will help those who suffer from knee OA through making clinical trials more affordable and accelerating therapeutic improvement.

For more information on visualizing cartilage and menisci in the knee using standing CT arthrogram versus MRI, click here.

Case Study: Standing CT for Improved Visualization of Knee Cartilage & Menisci

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MRI is the current standard of care for non-invasive visualization of cartilage and menisci, but without utilizing weight bearing methods, a full and accurate evaluation isn’t likely. A recent case study reveals important advantages of weight bearing CT over the standard MRI.

With standing CT, 3D imaging can be obtained under physiological load, offering a more complete assessment picture.Standing CT also provides a clearer view of meniscal position and potential pathology. In addition, cartilage thickness is easily measured, and cartilage delineation is improved.

A weight-bearing image can reveal a variety of knee flexion angles not possible in an MRI knee coil.

Assessment accuracy is a clear advantage, but there is an important financial aspect to consider, with the CT scan costing roughly 40% less than an MRI.

CurveBeam offers the innovative weight bearing CT technology required to give the best care to orthopedic patients. Complete the form below to download the case study in its entirety.

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CurveBeam Teams Up with the Paley Foundation to Change the Lives of Children

paley ride 1On June 3, the Paley Foundation hosted the Bill Bones Saving Limbs Ride to benefit the Tommy Fund, a charity for children with limb defects. The annual event features a 15 and 55-mile early morning bike ride in West Palm Beach, riding to and from Boca Raton. In addition, there is a family fun ride for bikes, scooters, or wheelchairs. CurveBeam is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s event.

The Foundation

The unLIMBited Foundation is a team of passionate individuals who offer children a chance to fulfill their dreams through limb-saving medical and surgical treatments at the world-renowned Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. When children are born with severe congenital limb defects, they are often offered amputation as a sole solution. Dr. Dror Paley and The Paley Institute, along with the unLIMBited team, advocate for an alternative solution: limb saving and corrective surgery. The Tommy Fund has been established by the joined forces of the Paley Foundation and the unLIMBited Foundation to provide much needed financial assistance to those families undergoing the extensive surgery and rehabilitation. Patient families relocate to Florida for up to six months to receive these treatments. The Tommy Fund helps those families cover the costs of this extensive and life-altering endeavor._1 - paley fund ride

Tommy’s Story

Tommy Morissey is an ordinary seven-year-old boy, who happens to also play golf like a pro. And he does so with only one arm. Tommy, who is the namesake of the fund, was born without much of his right arm. By age three, amazingly, he was a golf prodigy, and now at age seven, he travels the globe speaking on behalf of children like himself in an effort to increase awareness, reduce stereotypes, and raise money to help this cause.

Sponsorship by CurveBeam

The proceeds gained by the Bill Bones Saving Limbs Ride go directly to the Tommy Fund to assist families in need of medical services and living expenses during a child’s treatment. The team at CurveBeam cannot think of a better way to invest our resources than by sponsoring this incredible event. As a pioneer in the medical imaging industry, CurveBeam is deeply concerned with the health and welfare of those dealing with orthopedic and podiatric challenges. As manufacturers of Cone Beam CT imaging equipment, we believe it is essential to give back to the communities represented by the imaging patients we ultimately serve; our littlest patients hold a special place in our hearts as we aim to improve our imaging solutions continually.

Learn more here about the innovations at CurveBeam and our commitment to orthopedic and podiatric health and wellness.

 

Curvebeam Achieves ISO 13485:2016 & MDSAP Certification

QualityCurvebeam announced the company’s ISO 13485 certification has been updated to the latest revision of the standard. The company’s quality system is now certified to the ISO 13485:2016 standard, which represents the most recent revision of the widely recognized manufacturing quality standard issued by the international Organization for Standardization (ISO).

In addition to 13485:2016 requirements, this certification covers the requirements of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia; Brazil’s Agencia de Vigilancia Sanitaria (ANVISA); Health Canada; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP).

“These latest accomplishments are the result of a significant effort by our entire quality, technical and operations teams,” said Ryan Conlon, Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for Curvebeam. “CurveBeam’s quality system lays a strong operational foundation for continuous innovation in orthopedic imaging.”

The ISO 13485 standard is specifically designed to certify medical device manufacturers and their key suppliers. The International Standard outlines requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to provide medical devices and related services that consistently meet customer and applicable regulatory requirements.