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Medical Care May Have Swayed Kevin Durant’s Decision to Join the Nets

What’s worse than losing your patient’s confidence? Probably having it announced throughout national media coverage. This scenario just played out for the medical staff of the Golden State Warriors basketball team as one of the most popular faces within the NBA, Kevin Durant, suffered a season, and possibly career ending Achilles tear injury.

Durant’s Achilles tear took place in Game 5 of a 7 Game series after he was previously evaluated for a calf strain. It appears that both Durant and head coach, Steve Kerr, “didn’t think he could get injured worse”by returning to play. After feeling mislead or possibly misdiagnosed by the Warriors’ physicians, Durant chose to return to his former foot & ankle surgeon, Dr. Martin O’Malley, MD, at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, to operate on his ruptured tendon, according to the New York Post. Dr. O’Malley performed surgery on Durant’s broken foot four years ago.

Even worse for the Warriors, the Brooklyn Nets hoped to capitalize on Durant’s lack of confidence in the medical staff to sway Durant to join their squad since Dr. O’Malley is their team foot and ankle specialist. And they succeeded. Kevin Durant confirmed in June that he would be signing a four-year contract with the Brooklyn team.

Why have Durant and the Nets chosen Dr. O’Malley? Well, not only do they have a relationship from a prior injury and surgical repair, but Dr. O’Malley has remained committed to offering the most cutting-edge technology and diagnostics to his patients. One of his most valued tools is the pedCAT, a weight bearing cone beam CT imaging system ,which allows him to perform the scans in his office and review the results with the patients the same day using 3D rendering software. The pedCAT allows him to gather 3D information similar to traditional CT with radiation exposure levels almost equivalent to a standard set of X-Rays.

Watch the video above to hear how Dr. Martin O’Malley, MD, utilizes the pedCAT in his Manhattan orthopedic practice. 

As a patient, wouldn’t you always want your doctor to have more information to help tailor your treatment plan? As a physician, wouldn’t you rather be certain about your diagnosis rather than agonize over equivocal X-Rays? Utilizing software that provides talas_curvebeam1a 3D rendering of the patient’s anatomy provides the physician with an opportunity to discuss the nuances of that patient’s case right then and there in the office. It also allows the patient to better understand their treatment options and feel more engaged in the decision-making process. Ultimately, the patient feels that they have greater ownership of their care and assurance that their physician has done all he/she could to get to the true source of the problem.

Luminary South American Hospital Named Official Recovery Site for Chilean Olympic Athletes; Will Provide Weight Bearing CT Imaging

The Olympic Committee of Chile signed a new agreement with the Clinica Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile, earlier this year.

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The Clinica Universidad de Los Andes provides orthopedic services for numerous top members of Chile’s Olympic Team. The agreement solidifies a pact between the medical center and the Chilean Olympic Committee, naming the clinic as the official recovery site of Team Chile.

Chosen because of its medical team’s outstanding care for elite and professional athletes, the Clinica Universidad de los Andes will provide consultations, examinations, procedures, surgeries, and traumatological treatment.

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The Clinic invests in state-of-the-art technology to make this possible, and it recently partnered with CurveBeam to furnish athletes with access to the LineUP CT imaging system, a bilateral, weight-bearing  solution that quickly images knees and lower extremities in 3D.

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Leveraging technology, the Clinic’s care will center around a very personalized and humanized focus on the athlete/patient and his or her family, helping to streamline the medical care and recovery processes of Chile’s national athletes.

World karate gold medalist Rodrigo Rojas, water skiing gold medalist Rodrigo Toti Miranda, triathlete medalists Diego Moya and Macarena Salazar, judo medalist Tomas Briseno, as well as other prominent national athletes already seek care at this prestigious institution.

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Now, the country’s high-performance athletes have access to a level of care that will help them to develop their careers on a foundation of world-class medical support.

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After the signing, the athletes toured the medical center and were not only pleased with the first-class offerings of the facility, but the clinic’s beautiful setting as well.

Watch the full clip from CDO below:

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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