Technology | February 13, 2013

FDA Clears Planmed Extremity CT Scanner

February 13, 2013 — Planmed Verity is designed to find subtle extremity fractures during the first visit to the clinic — the types of fractures that have most commonly been missed when only using 2-D radiographs. Planmed Verity Extremity Scanner is a unique solution to the problem; it provides fast 3-D imaging at the point of care. It is intended for pre- and postoperative imaging, and it has better resolution and patient adaptability and uses a significantly lower dose of radiation than full-body computed tomography (CT). Unlike any other 3-D imaging device, Planmed Verity also allows for weight-bearing imaging of the extremities.

As a dedicated extremity scanner, Planmed Verity adapts to the patient with anatomy-specific imaging programs, movements and carbon-fiber positioning trays. Easily adjustable, soft surfaced gantry and motorized positioning help in finding a comfortable position for various examination procedures. The adjustable user interfaces and efficient all-in-one workflow are also designed to maximize the operator's soothing presence for the patient.

"Planmed Verity is the first and only CT system in the world that can image seated, supine and standing patients. We are excited that this innovative, low dose orthopedic imaging system is now available also in the U.S. We are confident that it will be well received," says Vesa Mattila, vice president of Planmed Oy.

Planmed's products are well known for their design and user ergonomics. The U.S. subsidiary Planmed USA Inc. located in Roselle, Ill., is responsible for sales, marketing and tech support for Planmed products in North America. "We are very pleased to extend our imaging equipment line to orthopedic imaging. Many of our customers have been looking forward to this clearance," says Chris Oldham, director of sales of Planmed USA Inc.

Planmed Verity has the CE mark and thus, is available for sale in Europe and many other countries where the CE certificate permits sales. In the United States, Planmed Verity has been in clinical test use at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Planmed Verity will be on display at the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting starting on March 19, 2013 in Chicago.

For more information: www.planmed.com

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