News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 15, 2018

Weight-Bearing CT International Study Group Hosts Scientific Session at AOFAS Conference

Orthopaedic surgeons to discuss benefits of extremity CT imaging

Weight-Bearing CT International Study Group Hosts  Scientific Session at AOFAS Conference

June 15, 2018 —The Weight-Bearing CT International Study Group will host a scientific session on the benefits of weight-bearing extremity computed tomography (CT) exams on Thursday, July 12, in conjunction with the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) conference in Boston. The session is jointly sponsored by Carestream, CurveBeam and Planmed. Attendees can register for the scientific session at www.wbctstudygroup.com.

The study group promotes dialogue and collaboration on weight-bearing CT research initiatives. Orthopaedic specialists from five healthcare institutions representing the United States, Canada, Italy and France will speak at the session. Group members are working to create standardized protocols for measurements and analysis.

“With weight-bearing CT, the orthopaedic surgeon can feel much more confident with the quality of bone healing in the patients. And, generally speaking, WBCT allows the surgeon to have a much better idea of what to expect during the surgery itself,” according to an article entitled “Weight-bearing CT scans: A new era for foot and ankle surgery.”

High-quality, weight-bearing imaging studies have the potential to dramatically improve diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of injuries and conditions of the foot, ankle and other extremities including arthritis, meniscus loss and instability that affect biomechanical behavior.

“Carestream’s OnSight 3-D Extremity System is one of the most exciting innovations in extremity imaging in the last 20 years,” according to Lew Schon, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in foot and ankle reconstruction. “This system displays fine detail in the morphology of bone density and alignment, while providing visualization of soft tissue such as ligaments and tendons. And since the CT scan is weight-bearing, it provides additional details that aid in diagnosis and treatment decisions.”

Schon noted that being able to capture images and conduct a patient consultation in an initial office visit is an important advance in patient care.

“Patients want to know how badly they are injured, what the treatment plan is and how soon they can return to work. This extremity imaging system provides orthopaedic specialists with the data needed to answer these important questions, which helps patients feel comfortable with their treatment and recovery plan,” he said.

Schon will discuss his experience with the OnSight 3D Extremity System as part of an Extremity CT Speaker Series at Carestream’s booth at AOFAS 2018.

For more information: www.carestream.com

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