News | August 21, 2013

Carestream, Buffalo Bills Collaborate on Early Detection of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Carestream researchers will work with Buffalo Bills on diagnostic imaging solutions to help protect players

August 21, 2013 — Carestream Health and the Buffalo Bills have entered into an agreement that will aid Carestream’s development of advanced medical imaging technology designed to help with earlier detection and monitoring of brain injuries.

This partnership focuses on the need for new technology to help address key concerns in sports medicine, particularly those related to head injuries including:

  • Early diagnosis and accurate assessment of injured areas
  • Development of medical standards that indicate if an athlete can return to play; and
  • Research that can assist in early diagnosis of long-term degenerative medical conditions in the head and brain.

 

The agreement with the Buffalo Bills builds on plans between Carestream and Johns Hopkins University for research and development of new 3-D imaging systems, including a cone beam computed tomography (CT) system developed for musculoskeletal radiology and orthopaedic imaging of extremities, with applications ranging from traumatic injury to arthritis and osteoporosis. Carestream and Johns Hopkins plan to expand their collaboration to include new systems for imaging of tramatic brain injuries to support Carestream’s product development activities that could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of head injuries. 

Carestream has installed a new digital radiography Carestream DRX-Ascend System and a Directview CR (computed radiography) System at Ralph Wilson Stadium to enable the Buffalo Bills staff to use the company’s latest medical imaging technology. Instant access to X-ray images helps medical staff and athletic trainers determine whether a player can return to a game or a practice session, or if further treatment is necessary. In use at hospitals around the world, these systems provide high-quality images while reducing radiation exposure, and enable medical professionals to quickly review images, which can lead to faster treatment decisions.

Carestream also will make its Carestream DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System available for use by the Buffalo Bills staff during their regular season game played in Toronto. The DRX-Revolution combines high image quality with the ability to capture medical images of players while in the training room or on the sidelines. Because of its advanced functionality, the DRX-Revolution is often referred to as an “X-ray room on wheels.”

For more information: www.carestream.com

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