CurveBeam and Carestream Health have collaborated to support and facilitate education and research for weight-bearing computed tomography imaging. Before the introduction of weight-bearing CT imaging in 2012, patients could get either a weight-bearing radiographic 2-D X-ray or a non-weight-bearing medical CT scan. X-rays can at times obscure and distort anatomical details, while non-weight-bearing CT scans may inaccurately represent joint space and alignment. The American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) recommends weight-bearing imaging when possible to get the most accurate assessment.
The companies will work together to support the Weight-Bearing CT International Study Group, which is comprised of orthopedic researchers from leading institutions in the US and Europe. The group is working to create standardized protocols for weight-bearing CT measurements and analysis.
The companies’ first joint initiative is to co-sponsor an evening scientific session during the AOFAS annual meeting in Seattle, WA. Speakers at this session include Dr Mark Easley of Duke Orthopedics in Durham, NC, and Dr Lew Schon of MedStar.
Both companies offer weight-bearing solutions for extremity CT imaging. The devices employ cone beam CT technology and are designed for point-of-care settings, as well as hospitals and imaging centers.