Here is another in our continuing series of articles about things going on around Rochester.
Rochester-based medical technology company Carestream Health announced March 24 that it will be partnering with sports medicine and orthopedic specialists to create a new medical imaging system that will offer three-dimensional views of patient extremities (feet, legs, knees, hands and arms) using cone beam CT.
“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,” Diana L. Nole, president of the Digital Medical Solutions division of Carestream, stated in a news release.
CBCT technology also involves a much lower dose of radiation than full-body CT imaging systems, and allows for weight-bearing images that traditional CT systems do not.
Being able to more easily view problems in anatomically complex extremities — the feet, for example, contain 25% of the bones in the entire human body — would enable medical professionals to address a wide range of orthopedic concerns including osteoporosis, arthritis, joint replacements and traumatic injuries.
The announcement of the new initiative coincided with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual conference. Carestream envisions the imaging system as being used not only by orthopedic surgeons in hospitals and clinics, but also in urgent care and athletic training facilities.
“This system could make it easier for patients to obtain diagnostic exams immediately following an injury and help improve evaluation and treatment,” Nole explained.
This latest announcement is part of an ongoing focus within the company on improving sports medicine care. In 2013, Carestream announced a partnership with the Buffalo Bills in order to work on portable imaging technology to assess concussions and potential brain damage, in particular.
These portable technologies could be used in stadiums or locker rooms to determine whether a player could safely return to play or ought to be referred for immediate medical attention.