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CurveBeam Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance for InReach Cone Beam CT Imaging System for the Upper Extremities

InReachMay 8, 2017 – Warrington, Penn. – CurveBeam announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the InReach, a Cone Beam CT imaging system primarily designed for the hand, wrist &elbow; & lower extremities in non-weight bearing position.

The InReach is an ultra-compact CT scanner that provides high-contrast 3D datasets of bony anatomy, which could potentially replace radiographs as a first line of diagnosis.                                                                                              

The InReach is ideal for the point-of-care because of its small footprint, its self-shielded design, and standard power requirements. Point-of-care 3D imaging allows for faster diagnosis and more accurate treatment plans.

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“The InReach will revolutionize the speed and accuracy of assessment of upper extremity conditions that specialists have traditionally found challenging to diagnose with plain X-Ray, such as scaphoid fractures,” said CurveBeam President & CEO, Arun Singh. “The InReach continues the company’s mission to elevate advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities to enhance orthopedic care.”

The InReach is designed with patient comfort in mind. Patients’ hand, wrist or elbow is positioned in a height-adjustable bore while in standing or sitting position. The unit can also accommodate non-weight bearing, lower limb imaging. Scan times are less than 30 seconds.

The InReach device is supplemented by CubeVue, CurveBeam’s custom visualization software.  CubeVue gives orthopedic specialists unprecedented access to multi-planar slices and vivid 3D renderings of the anatomy previously not easily accessible to specialists. CubeVue’s Insta-X feature provides Digitally Reconstructed Radiographs, potentially eliminating the need for radiographic exams altogether. 

The InReach is the second extremity CT imaging system CurveBeam has introduced to the market.

CurveBeam is the leader in Weight-Bearing extremity CT imaging, starting with the introduction of its pioneer product, the pedCAT, in 2012. The pedCAT is the only CT system that allows for bilateral, true weight bearing imaging of the lower extremities. Since 2012, the pedCAT has been integrated into leading foot & ankle orthopedic and podiatric practices around the world.

CurveBeam is currently developing its next generation multi-extremity device, the LineUP, which will provide bilateral Weight-Bearing images of the knees in addition to feet, as well as hand, wrist & elbow. CurveBeam anticipates the LineUP will be submitted for FDA review by July, 2017.

Preview: Curvebeam at AAHS

In September 2016, we showcased InReach at the ASSH Conference! Take a look above!

Happy New Year from CurveBeam, we’re kicking off 2017 with a bang! This week in Waikoloa, HI, we are showcasing some incredible tech at the American Association for Hand Surgery Conference.

The AAHS was founded on the premise of bringing hand surgeons and hand therapy professionals from the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world who work to assess and manage a variety of common and complex conditions related to the hand and upper limb together to provide an educational forum to expand the professional expertise.

Here are the top reasons our Booth is a can’t miss!

    1. Experience CubeVue

CubeVue is a custom visualization software that can transform your diagnosis ability with 3D technology. It automatically generates all standard X-Ray views, eliminating the need for your plain X-Ray system altogether. Receive a demo at our booth!

      1. Learn how to better practice workflow

It is important to understand how point-of-care advanced diagnostic imaging can benefit your practice workflow. Learn how our imaging solutions can help you!

        1. Receive information about InReach

InReach is a point-of-care extremity CT imaging device that you saw in the video at the beginning of this article! The InReach is an extremity cone beam CT scanner that images the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and the lower extremities that’s comfortable and low impact on your patients. It’s also FDA 510(K) Pending.

We are proud to surround ourselves with the top of the line medical professionals in the field of hand and upper extremities. Your dedication and hard work in the field is the reason we do what we do, and we are honored to be a part of a community that advances in leaps and bounds each year.

If you’re at the conference this week, don’t be shy, we’d love to meet you!

Curvebeam’s Booth Is a Must-See at RSNA 2016!

In just a little over a week, many of the greatest minds and innovators in radiology will convene in Chicago for RSNA 2016, and we at CurveBeam are proud to have our talented and skilled team there representing us. Over the course of the conference, there will be groundbreaking research presented, technological advances displayed and educational classes offered. In the heart of it all, our booth will be featuring some incredible innovations – proving once again that CurveBeam is continuing to find new ways to push the boundaries of our field.

Our core team pioneered Cone Beam CT imaging technology for the dental and ENT specialties. The ability to provide point-of-care imaging revolutionized these industries and allowed not only for improved care, but for the possibility of custom dental implants. Now we are taking that same breakthrough technology and adapting it to the orthopedic field, and we are proud to introduce the results of our efforts at this year’s RSNA. Here are our top three reasons why you can’t afford to miss the CurveBeam booth this year:

  1. See the LineUp

We will  unveil the prototype for the LineUP, a bilateral weight-bearing Cone Beam CT imaging system for the knees and lower extremities. It will not only plugs into a standard wall outlet, but will also be self-shielded and will complete a scan in under a minute. While the technology is still investigational only, it is PACS/ DICOM compliant and is sure to revolutionize the way orthopedic clinics approach radiology.

 

  1. Experience InReach

While the LineUp is certainly fast, the InReach completes scans of the hand wrist, forearm, elbow and extremities in under 20 seconds flat. We designed InReach technology to bring the idea of point-of-care extremity CT imaging  to upper extremity specialists. While it is also still investigational technology, the progress we’ve made toward this goal is worth coming to see.

 

  1. Discover TALAS

One of the most crucial elements of orthopedic surgical planning is the precise pre-operative measurement of hindfoot realignment. TALAS is a tool that makes the process not only smoother, but more accurate and precise. It is a semi-automated hindfoot alignment measurement device that has been adapted for weight-bearing CT. Come check it out for yourself, and discover the potential TALAS has to one day be a true game-changer in the field.

“We are tremendously excited to share our recent research and development efforts with the global radiology community,” says CurveBeam President and CEO Arun Singh. RSNA is an opportunity to share and learn together as a community and we are thrilled to be a part of that experience. Feel free to come by and discover our innovative new technology. If you want to learn more before seeing our products in person, visit CurveBeam.com. We hope to see you soon at RSNA 2016!

Using The InReach to Detect Scaphoid Fractures

Scaphoid fractures are often difficult to diagnose. The scaphoid may be difficult to visualize on X-Rays due to superimposition.  A delayed or incorrect diagnosis of a scaphoid fracture could result in grave outcomes such as nonunion, delayed union, decreased grip strength, reduced range of motion, and/or osteoarthritis of the radiocarpal joint.

X-ray is currently the standard method of diagnosis, but according to Vinti Singh, an Advanced Medical Imaging Specialist at CurveBeam, “…that particular part of the wrist is really hard to see on X-ray.  CT scans show scaphoid fractures clearly, but traditionally, patients must travel to a hospital or imaging center to access this service.” Singh adds that CurveBeam is developing the InReach, a point-of-care cone beam CT imaging system for the upper extremities. The InReach is investigational only and is not available for sale in the United States. The CurveBeam R&D team is striving to  “provide faster, more accurate detection and as a result, better patient care.”

Since scaphoid fractures rarely appear on X-rays right away, doctors often send a patient home in a splint or cast for two to three weeks if they suspect a scaphoid fracture. Typically, the patient will then return for another X-ray.  With the InReach, a patient could get a CT scan, at the physician’s discretion, for a definitive diagnosis.

The CurveBeam InReach will provide point-of-care CT imaging of the upper extremities. The InReach is investigational only and is not available for sale in the United States.
The CurveBeam InReach will provide point-of-care CT imaging of the upper extremities. The InReach is investigational only and is not available for sale in the United States.

CurveBeam’s InReach system will scan the wrist structures in nineteen seconds. MRIs take much longer, as do bone scintigraphy processes, which also require injections of imaging dye or radioactive material. The InReach delivers high resolution images with 0.3mm slices, accounting for their improved diagnostic accuracy over the X-ray. The unit will have a small footprint and uses a regular wall outlet, unlike a traditional CT unit, which requires  more space, power and additional cooling needs of a traditional CT. Patients need only place a hand in the machine for a few seconds, as opposed to having to lie down on a CT bed. So not only does the InReach system reduce patient frustration at scheduling and waiting for multiple appointments, but it also maximizes patient comfort.

With complicated injuries like the scaphoid fracture, timely diagnosis and treatment are critical in avoiding the potential long-term wrist dysfunction resulting from misdiagnosis. Compared to the previous standards of X-rays, MRIs, bone scintigraphy, and traditional CT scans, the InReach would offer superior speed and accuracy while delivering a high level of patient care and comfort. Learn more about CurveBeam and the InReach imaging technology here.