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CurveBeam Shares Some Key Takeaways from the 2017 RSNA Annual Meeting

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CurveBeam recently had the pleasure of attending and participating in the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held in Chicago from November 26 to December 1. The RSNA Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity for attendees from around the world to gather and meet with thought leaders and innovators to learn about the latest advances in imaging. Post-event, we wanted to share our experiences including some key takeaways.

Rising Injuries in Youth Sports
Diego Jaramillo, MD, MPH, from Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, delivered a presentation titled “The Perfect Storm for Athletic Injuries: Youth, Growth, and Hormones”. Dr. Jaramillo shared how childhood sports have become increasingly intense and competitive. As young athletes dedicate more time and energy to one specific sport and even specialize in specific functions within that sport, the type of injuries, particularly repetitive injuries, are intensifying. Increased bone porosity of a young skeleton coupled with an increase in muscle strength can stress a skeleton and predispose it to damage. Puberty, including the hormonal influences on the growth plate, also increases the vulnerability of the skeleton to injury. Following x-rays, most young athletes are diagnosed using CT, especially for injuries that involve the head or that are primarily osseous such as the triplane fracture.

Effect of Weight Loss on Knee Cartilage Degeneration
Alexandra S. Gersing, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco, shared the results of a study on “How Weight is Lost Can Slow Knee Cartilage Degeneration”. The study examined which types of weight loss are most beneficial for patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight to slow the progression of knee cartilage degeneration. The study looked at 760 male and female patients with a body mass index greater than 25 who were enrolled in the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI), a U.S.-based study focused on the prevention and treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Patients were categorized into groups according to the amount of weight they were asked to lose over a 48-month period, as well as the weight loss method. Changes in the right knee were assessed at baseline, 48-, and 96-months using 3T MRI. Patients who lost weight showed significantly less T2-value increase in the bone layer of all compartments compared to those with stable weight, suggesting less cartilage degeneration over 96 months.

Patients Prefer Immediate Test Results
Radiology resident David Mihal, MD, of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH), shared a “Survey that Showed Patients Prefer to Get Immediate Test Results”. Dr. Mihal began the four-phase study after learning that 20 percent of patients were uncertain about how they were going to get their results and had expressed anxiety to the technologist doing the exam. In phase one, techs screened outpatients to identify those who were nervous about their results. In phase two, the front desk staff checked for patients who didn’t have a follow-up appointment and offered them the option of immediate results. In phase three, all radiography outpatients were offered results as part of a questionnaire at check-in after a 10 to 20 minute wait. In phase four, the wait-time notification was eliminated from the questionnaire. Each successive phase tripled the rate at which patients used the service. Perhaps more important, 97 percent of patients understood that immediate results were available, and 92 percent of patient comments on the availability of the service were positive.

CurveBeam designs and manufactures Cone Beam CT imaging equipment specifically designed for the orthopedic and podiatric specialties, including the pedCAT, a compact, ultra-low dose CT imaging system. This technology allows doctors to make a better diagnosis the first time, eliminating the need for additional scans and, therefore, reducing low-level radiology exposure to patients. Best of all, the practice has access to the results right away. CurveBeam is proud to have participated in the 2017 RSNA Annual Meeting and is looking forward to RSNA 2018!

To learn more, visit CurveBeam.com today.

RSNA Daily Dispatch – A New Focus on Machine Learning

For the first time ever, the technical exhibits halls at the RSNA Annual Meeting include a machine learning showcase, where a variety of researchers and industry ventures have the opportunity to share cutting edge work in artificial intelligence and deep learning in healthcare and radiology.

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One company collected 9 million radiology data sets over three years to train computers to automatically recognize and diagnose a wide range of injuries and pathologies. Other research involved using parameters of patients’ demographic information and medical history records  to predict a prognosis. From managing massive amounts of patient data to quickly assessing complex medical images, machine learning can assist radiologists in their current tasks and allow for a level of planning and diagnosis that would not be possible without the trove of information stored in big data.

RSNA Daily Dispatch

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) commenced its 103rd Annual Meeting in Chicago on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.

@judywawira tweeted a photo of  a standing room only session at the RSNA Annual Meeting on Nov. 26, 2017.
@judywawira tweeted a photo of a standing room only session at the RSNA Annual Meeting on Nov. 26, 2017.

Attendees from around the world gathered to learn about the latest advances in imaging.

In an afternoon session titled “Open Gantry Systems: Advances, Challenges, and New Applications,” Dr. Jeffrey H. Siewerdsen, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering, discussed the vast applications of cone beam CT for interventional and diagnostic imaging. The devices presented included C-arms for image guided surgery, Cone Beam CT guided radiation therapy systems, and diagnostic imaging devices for breasts, dental/ENT, and orthopedic extremities.  Siewerdsen emphasized the  revolutionary potential of weight-bearing extremity devices in orthopedic specialties, and mentioned the CurveBeam pedCAT and LineUP systems.  He also discussed the image quality parameters of Cone Beam CT and artifacts specific to this type of imaging. He offered suggestions on how to quantify image performance of such systems, many of which are relatively new and do not have established quality metrics in the imaging community. Finally, he presented some of the newest Cone Beam CT devices to come to market, including the extremely compact CurveBeam InReach made primarily for hand and wrist imaging.

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!