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High Resolution Imaging

Cone Beam CT voxel dimensions vs. Medical CT voxel dimensions
Cone Beam CT voxel dimensions vs. Medical CT voxel dimensions

pedCAT scans give you one of the highest resolution views of the foot and ankle available.

And those high resolution views are infinite – physicians can view the foot and ankle from the axial, coronal and sagittal planes by scrolling through .5 mm slices. The average medical CT slice, in comparison, is about 1 mm – 5 mm thick.

Plus, a pedCAT scan is high resolution from every dimension. To understand what that means, here’s a crash course in 3D imaging: Just like a photo is made up of two-dimensional pixels, a foot scan is made up of three-dimensional voxels. Think of a Rubik’s Cube that’s made up of millions of microscopic mini cubes.  Because the voxels are uniform, or isotropic, a pedCAT scan is the same high resolution in all planes.

A medical CT , meanwhile, is often anisotropic. Imagine that same Rubik’s Cube, but this time made up of microscopic rectangular bricks. A typical medical CT image may only be high resolution in one dimension. The other two dimensions will be relatively blurry. The degree of blurriness will depend on the voxel thickness.

If your practice or medical facility prefers not to settle for anything less than the best, it’s time to consider a pedCAT.

pedCAT: Improved Outcomes

pedCAT: Improved Outcomes

The message at RSNA Annual Meeting this past November was clear: new US healthcare laws mean the practice of radiology is no longer about volume, but value.

“We are focusing on quality metrics. It’s becoming important for us to become champions of quality in our institutions,” said Dr. Vijay Rao, MD, in a course at the meeting.

How could a pedCAT add value to your practice?

We might get an idea by looking at a comparable new technology. Breast tomosynthesis mammography provides 3D imaging for breast cancer screening, similar to the way the pedCAT provides 3D imaging for the foot and ankle. Breast tomosynthesis technology can detect breast cancers earlier than traditional 2D mammography, and can more accurately pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities, according to the Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging Department.

Dr. Liane Philpotts, professor of diagnostic radiology at the Yale School of Medicine, called tomosynthesis a “game changer” and a “win-win.”

In the same way, the pedCAT eliminates variability, helps lead to better diagnoses, and makes both you and your patients more confident that treatment will result in better outcomes.

Dr. Erik Nilssen, MD, said the pedCAT helps him determine exactly when to allow patients to ambulate, “based on our ability to monitor fracture healing and fusion rates.”

Also, pedCAT scans can take the guesswork out of hindfoot alignment, said Dr. Martin O’Malley, MD, because they allow for reproducible measurements.

“We’ve never had a reproducible measurement,” until now, he said.

To see an example of a pedCAT scan that led to a more accurate diagnosis, click on the blog post title.

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pedCAT: Easy to Incorporate into Your Medical Facility

The pedCAT system and your iPhone charger have something in common…you can plug them both in anywhere!

That’s right. The pedCAT plugs into any standard 120 volt power outlet (or 220 volt outlet in certain countries).

We suggest the pedCAT be connected to a dedicated line to prevent interference from other equipment as a precaution, although it is not required.

The pedCAT’s simple power requirements are one of the factors that make it easy to integrate into any office workflow – even offices that have limited free space.

Click on the blog post title to see some examples.

This foot and ankle specialty facility placed the pedCAT in a small room.
This foot and ankle specialty facility placed the pedCAT in a small room.
This medical facility incorporated the pedCAT in the same room as its traditional CT device.
This medical facility incorporated the pedCAT in the same room as its traditional CT device.

 

pedCAT: What’s the Dose?

At CurveBeam, patient safety is the top priority. When it comes to CT imaging, it’s important to know the radiation dose a patient can expect during the procedure.

So what is the radiation dose of a typical weight bearing CT scan taken with the pedCAT? But before we get to that, here’s a little quiz.

Can you rank the below items from greatest to least in terms of radiation exposure?

– A pedCAT scan of both feet

– A serving of Brazil nuts

– A roundtrip flight from New York to Tokyo

– An X-Ray of the chest

– Working in an Australian Uranium mine for a year

(Click the blog post title to see the answer.)

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It’s Time to Embrace New Technology

The deal made headlines in the orthopedic community when Stryker, one of the world’s largest medical technology companies, acquired MAKO Surgical Corp., in December 2013. MAKO pioneered the advancement of the robotic arm to assist in hip and knee orthopedic surgeries.

A post-script of an Orthopedics This Week podcast on the subject, the author noted:

“One re-occurring questions from surgeons, who are all dealing with the realities of an increasingly cost conscious health care system, is why would Stryker acquire a company which sells million dollar robots in this period of health care cost reduction?”

We often hear similar feedback from physicians who say they cannot justify a pedCAT purchase when major changes to healthcare loom ahead. Our response is that now more than ever, definitive diagnoses, accurate pre-surgical plans, and comprehensive post-surgical evaluations are crucial. The new medical landscape demands more efficient care.

It seems Stryker agrees. It’s response, as reported by Orthopedics This Week:

“Stryker’s answer is that MAKO will simplify joint reconstruction procedures, reduce variability, and enhance the surgeon and patient experience. And in dollar terms, Stryker’s implants comprise about 80 percent the total cost of large joint replacement. The rest of the cost of surgery is everything else including the surgery itself, rehab, and any problems that come up. Small gains in the non-implant portion of surgery, like fewer errors, more consistent outcomes, can have a huge effect on overall costs. At a time when insurance companies are asking hospitals, surgeons and implant suppliers to virtually guarantee outcomes and eliminate variability, Stryker’s purchase of MAKO is a $1.65 billion bet that robots are the answer.”

Made in the USA

At CurveBeam, we are proud that the pedCAT is manufactured entirely in the United States. Our factory headquarters are located in Warrington, Penn., just north of Philadelphia. The factory floor is housed in the same building as our administrative, sales, and research & development offices. We are committed to creating opportunities in our community. Most of the pedCAT’s components are sourced from local manufacturers as well.

CurveBeam’s manufacturing process is certified by ISO, a developer of voluntary industry standards. Each pedCAT goes through a rigorous testing process to ensure it produces high quality images.

An engineer surveys inventory at CurveBeam headquarters.
An engineer surveys inventory at CurveBeam headquarters.

Engineers on the factory floor follow the principles of lean manufacturing, developed by Toyota. The process is easily scalable, meaning CurveBeam can react quickly to large orders or orders that require a fast turnaround time.

We would like to extend an open invitation to all foot and ankle specialists to visit us. We’d be happy to give you a tour and show you the pedCAT “behind the scenes.”

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Welcome to the CurveBeam Blog!

Welcome to the CurveBeam Blog!

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It’s an exciting time at CurveBeam. Almost two years ago  we received FDA-approval for our first product, the pedCAT. The in-office 3D weight bearing imaging system for the foot and ankle has been integrated into orthopedic and podiatric practices around the world.  Foot and ankle specialists, considered leaders in their field, have told us that the pedCAT will become the standard of care for lower extremity imaging in the near future. In fact, in some of their practices, it already is.

We’re dedicated to continuing the improvement of foot & ankle imaging and are excited to share with you the technology advancements, right here on this blog in the upcoming months. So check back often!