April 1, 2015 — Carestream is partnering with leading orthopedic and sports medicine specialists to develop a new three-dimensional medical imaging system for capturing images of patient extremities. Initial clinical studies will focus on the advantages of using cone beam CT (CBCT) technology in the diagnosis and treatment of knee injuries. This system is designed for use by orthopedic surgeons.
Imaging systems based on CBCT technology for use in treating orthopedic conditions — including traumatic injuries, joint replacements, arthritis and osteoporosis — can be designed to be lower in cost and use less radiation than today’s full body CT systems. Carestream’s new CBCT system will be able to provide weight-bearing images of knees, legs and feet, which are difficult to obtain with existing systems but can deliver critical diagnostic information to physicians.
“We are focused on applying CBCT technology for extremity imaging because it offers excellent visualization of soft tissue and bone with systems that are smaller and more affordable than CT systems,” said Diana L. Nole, president, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream.
The system is intended for use at urgent care facilities and clinics, athletic training facilities, and orthopedists’ and other specialty practice offices.
“This system could make it easier for patients to obtain diagnostic exams immediately following an injury and help improve evaluation and treatment,” Nole explains.
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