Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County has installed a CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System at its Atlantis, Fla, headquarters location, the practice announces in a media release.

“We are committed to embracing innovative technology that can equip our specialists to make a more accurate diagnosis and develop a comprehensive treatment plan,” says John Hornberger, CEO of the practice. “Our orthopaedic surgeons are pleased with the system’s ability to perform weight-bearing exams with exceptional image quality that is even better than traditional CT systems.”

This extremity imaging system, which is designed to perform the imaging exam and diagnosis in one office visit, has been used to diagnose subtle Lisfranc and wrist fractures, as well as flat foot deformities. It also has helped enable trauma decision making, pre-operative planning, and analysis of fusion progression.

A key feature of the system is the metal artifact reduction software that provides enhanced visualization of metal content and reduces the visual distortion caused by screws, implants, rods, and other metal objects to create improved visibility and diagnostic confidence, the release explains.

The cone beam CT system has a large-area detector designed to capture a 3D image of the extremity in a single rotation, which takes only 25 seconds. A patient simply places the injured extremity into a donut-shaped bore in the system.

Since the patient’s head and body are not confined, patients do not experience the claustrophobia that often occurs with traditional CT systems. Dose is significantly reduced because only the affected body part is imaged, the release adds.

[Source: Carestream Health]