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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.

Joan Oloff is Making Fashion More Functional

All too often, our choice of wardrobe comes down to function or fashion. We sacrifice comfort to look good, or we sacrifice taste so that we can be comfortable during long days on the job. Increasingly, however, companies are seeking to create pants, dress shirts and shoes that combine runway aesthetic with around-the-house comfort. In a fashion landscape dominated by established brands, it can be difficult for a start-up to stand out. By providing customers with clothing and accessories that look great but can also be worn on the job, new brands are able to break through this barrier.

Few designers exemplify this innovative spirit as much as Joan Oloff. A podiatrist by training, Joan set out to make the first line of orthopedically correct high heels. After seeing the issues that traditional high heels cause in her patients, Joan knew there had to be a way to design beautiful shoes that wouldn’t negatively impact the health of the wearer’s feet down the road.

The challenge was taking elements already common in athletic and walking shoes, like offloading pressure points, incorporating shock-absorption and providing proper support, and finding a way to implement these same features in heels. Over the course of four years, Joan worked with designers and manufacturers, in both Los Angeles and Italy, to make her line of shoes fit her standards. It was difficult. The manufacturers didn’t want to do things her way. But she pushed ahead.

“If I’m not going to be a game-changer, if I’m not going to disrupt the way high heels are made, there’s no point for me to do this,” Joan said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

Her perseverance paid off and today, Joan Oloff’s shoes have built-in arch support, cushioning material in the ball of the foot and a lower heel pitch, all of which allow the entire foot to comfortably share the body’s weight. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of her line is simply the diversity of options. Made by hand, the latest collection has everything from sandals to knee-high boots. The beauty of the line, combined with the comfort of the shoes, have garnered Joan a loyal following. One surgeon in Santa Fe owns ten pairs of the shoes as they allow her to work without discomfort be it in her office, visiting patients or even conducting an hours-long surgical procedure.

While her customers all praise her shoes, Joan also has proof to back up her claims that she makes healthy heels. Using CurveBeam’s revolutionary pedCAT technology, Joan is able to show weight-bearing CT scans of her shoes in action. When compared side-by-side with the same scans of someone wearing standard heels, it is obvious that Joan’s shoes provide evenly distributed support and stable positioning while other shoes have toe crimping and no arch support, creating a painful experience for the wearer.

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Just like Joan Oloff, CurveBeam is dedicated to changing the game. By creating innovative 3D scanning technology that provides a complete view of a patient’s lower extremities, the pedCAT has given podiatrists, physical therapists, and others the ability to give their patients the proper treatment they need. Learn more about pedCAT here.

CurveBeam: Moving Orthopedics Forward

Scroll to the bottom of this post to access a technical comparison chart of the CurveBeam LineUP* and similar systems from other vendors.

If you’re part of a forward-thinking orthopedic practice, you’re constantly looking for ways to offer the best in patient care, while also improving operations.

Cone Beam CT imaging is an attractive ancillary service because 3D extremity imaging provides physicians a better view of fractures, dislocations, and arthritic degeneration than plain radiographs. Point-of-care CT imaging is also convenient for patients, as they do not need to make an appointment for and travel arrangements to a separate imaging facility.

Administrators may vet more than one Cone Beam CT imaging vendor when determining which solution is the best fit for their practice.

As you complete your evaluation, we’d like to emphasize three things that set CurveBeam apart:

  1. Emphasis on customer service – The CurveBeam team lives by the credo of going above and beyond to exceed our customers’ expectations. We work closely with all stakeholders during the pre-installation process and regularly follow up to proactively assist with ongoing workflow, IT or marketing items. We are vested in making sure each of our sites successfully integrates our technology.
  2. Fair and standard pricing – We are transparent in our pricing. We have a published, standard price for each system and we work hard to keep costs as low as possible. We don’t believe in inflated list prices that only serve as a negotiation tactic.
  3. Commitment to innovation – We are constantly looking to the future to improve performance and usability in all aspects. We either make system upgrades standard or easily achievable within an operating budget so that you can always be on the cutting edge.

To further help you in your evaluation process, CurveBeam has put together a chart comparing the CurveBeam LineUP* with similar systems from other vendors. Just provide your name and email address to have it sent directly to your inbox.

*The CurveBeam LineUP is investigational only and is not available for sale in the United States.

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