Carestream and UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have initiated clinical trials on a new three-dimensional medical imaging system, Cone Beam CT (CBCT), for use in treating orthopaedic conditions.

The trials, which are being conducted at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), will allow Carestream to develop new CBCT systems that will provide orthopaedic solutions for hospitals, clinics and sports medicine providers.

Compared to traditional CTs, the new compact and affordable CBCT systems use less radiation and can be used easily in a wide range of facilities.

UBMD physicians and researchers from Carestream are jointly working to explore the benefits of using CBCT technology for capturing images of patient extremities such as knees, legs, feet, arms and hands.

"Compared to traditional CTs, the new compact and affordable CBCT systems use less radiation and can be used easily in a wide range of facilities."

With the digital CBCT technology, healthcare providers can now acquire unavailable weight-bearing images of knees, legs and feet.

Carestream Digital Medical Solutions president Diana Nole said: "Our collaboration with UBMD Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is a prime example of how important customer research is in driving successful innovation.

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Both organisations are planning to broaden their collaboration at a later date to study the advantages of digital imaging technology in treating other extremity conditions.

ECMC is an advanced regional medical centre and a major teaching facility at the University at Buffalo.

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine physician Dr John Marzo said: "We think the novel capabilities of the Carestream CBCT scanner have broad application to the basic science and clinical practice of orthopaedics and sports medicine.

"We have several other projects in various stages of development to be performed over the next two to three years that establish a mutually beneficial relationship with Carestream Health."

Image: Carestream’s CBCT System. Photo: courtesy of Carestream Health.