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Why Cone Beam CT?

Learn about the technology, applications, and operational considerations pertaining to Cone Beam CT imaging for orthopedics.

Commercial diagnostic applications for Cone Beam Computed Tompgraphy (CBCT) technology first emerged in the early 2000s. Since then, CBCT has revolutionized imaging for medical specialties including dental/maxillofacial, ENT, and breast imaging. CurveBeam AI specializes in CBCT imaging for orthopedics.

Since the introduction of CurveBeam AI’s first weight bearing CBCT (WBCT) imaging system in 2012, several peer-reviewed publications have explored how this modality could be used both to improve our overall understanding of lower extremity biometrics, as well as how it could enhance diagnosis of several lower extremity conditions.

CurveBeam AI recognizes effective change management is a critical component to the successful integration of any new technology. We aim to provide exemplary support from the initiation of installation planning through the life of the system.

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WB X-Ray

  • Only see bones in 2D
  • Bones are superimposed & distorted
  • Stand naturally
  • Low radiation dose
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WEIGHT BEARING CT

  • See bones in 3D
  • Stand naturally
  • See bones in functional position
  • Low radiation dose
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TRADITIONAL CT

  • See bones in 3D
  • Cannot stand/weight bear
  • Cannot see bones in functional position
  • Higher radiation dose
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Improved FX Detection

  • 35% improved simple fracture detection rate and 2-fold improved identification of complex fracture over x-ray.1
  • CBCT help in the evaluate of the fracture healing process which X-Ray can over or under-estimate.2
  • CBCT imaging shows a higher sensitivity in detection of small bone and joint trauma than x-ray and may visualize occult fractures.3
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Low Dose

  • Radiation exposure in CBCT scans have been estimated to be approximately 10-66% less than conventional CT scanners.4
  • CBCT is viable lower dose alternative to MDCT for pediatric patients.5
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Faster

  • 70% faster than plan radiographs and 35% faster than CT.6
  • 23% Increase in Patient Turnover in the Emergency Room.7
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Indications

  • A multi-extremity solution

CBCT COULD SUPPLEMENT OR EVEN REPLACE STANDARD RADIOGRAPHY ALTOGETHER

“Considering the low dose of radiation and high image quality. CBCT could be used as a priority method of choice to access the structure of wrist and hand bones and be done as the first step in diagnostics, replacing standard radiography.” 1

Effective Dose for Extremity Imaging

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