US-based imaging systems provider Carestream Health has entered a research agreement with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to develop new three-dimensional medical imaging system to capture orthopedic images of patient extremities.
Under the deal, UBMD physicians and Carestream researchers will jointly work to conduct clinical studies initially focused on the advantages of using cone beam CT (CBCT) technology in the diagnosis and treatment of knee injuries.
The deal will see development of low-cost CBCT technology-based imaging systems, which will be designed to use less radiation compared with the existing full body CT systems.
These imaging systems can be used to treat orthopedic conditions, such as traumatic injuries, joint replacements, arthritis and osteoporosis.
UBMD Orthopaedics physician Dr John Marzo said: "In simple terms, three-dimensional imaging provides additional information over two-dimensional imaging technology in treating patients, but it is too expensive to be used in most medical offices.
"The CBCT technology we are exploring can be optimised for specific use in sports medicine and orthopaedics, and at a significantly lower cost.
"Because CBCT systems are smaller in size and more affordable, they can be installed at urgent care facilities, athletic training facilities, and physicians' and specialists' offices.
"This could make it easier for patients to obtain diagnostic exams immediately following an injury and help improve evaluation and treatment."
The company said that the new digital technology is designed to provide the ability to capture otherwise unavailable weight-bearing images of knees, legs and feet, which are of particular interest to orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians.
In addition, the joint research team plans to extend research to develop CBCT system to evaluate and treat traumatic brain injuries.
In 2013, Carestream and the Buffalo Bills entered into a collaboration agreement to aid the former's understanding of the use of advanced medical imaging technology in early detection and monitoring of player injuries.
Image: CBCT technology-based imaging systems can be used to treat orthopedic conditions such as traumatic injuries, joint replacements, arthritis and osteoporosis. Photo: courtesy of Carestream Health.