Chiropractic right arm with dynamic digital x-ray
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 20/20 Imaging, a division of Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc., announces FDA approval of the Chiropractic Straight Arm (CSA) System with Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR). DDR is Konica Minolta’s breakthrough x-ray technology for visualization of anatomy moving so that clinicians can interpret the dynamic interaction of anatomical structures, such as tissue and bone, with physiological changes over time. Combining the advanced imaging of CSA with DDR will further improve the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders.
DDR is not fluoroscopy; it is a series of individual digital images acquired at high speed and low dose. In the same study, clinicians can acquire static and dynamic images. The resulting cine loop provides up to 20 seconds of moving anatomy in a diagnostic-quality view with a single scan performed on a conventional DR system. DDR has been adopted by university and community hospitals, orthopedic and spine clinics, and pulmonary centers across the United States.
The compact and efficient CSA features a range of advanced design innovations to optimize workflow, increase efficiency and improve outcomes, speed the diagnostic process and enhance the patient experience. A 17″ x 17″ field of view finder captures high resolution images in seconds, providing detailed visualization of bone and soft tissue. Predetermined anatomy-specific positioning and distance between image source and receptor simplifies use for a more efficient workflow. A full range of motion allows for all required imaging views while accommodating patients standing, sitting, lying on a table, or in a wheelchair. The ability to capture and visualize the cervical spine in motion during flexion and extension with DDR will provide additional information to chiropractors and injury attorneys when documenting whiplash injuries.
“Chiropractors have shown significant interest in DDR as a tool for visualizing movement and diagnosing abnormalities,” says Bob Salzman, president of 20/20 Imaging. “CSA with DDR is the next generation imaging solution allowing chiropractors to examine and measure a patient’s biomechanics and musculoskeletal injuries, including whiplash, and assess with greater confidence treatment follow-up. Designed to take clinical capabilities to the next level by capturing patient motion, the CSA with DDR gives chiropractors the immediate results they need to make informed decisions faster.
Guillermo Sander, PhD, Marketing Director for Digital Radiography at Konica Minolta Healthcare adds, “DDR is transforming the role of radiography in all clinical conditions, from musculoskeletal injuries to lung disease and swallowing studies. As the only technology of its kind available today, DDR adds significant clinical value with a fast and versatile examination at low radiation dose. At Konica Minolta, we envision a world where advanced X-ray capabilities provide the instantaneous information clinicians need, at a lower cost than other imaging systems, so they can make better decisions. , faster.
A suite of applications is available today for advanced lung dynamics analysis using DDR images. John Sabol, PhD, clinical research manager for Konica Minolta Healthcare, notes that development of this technology is just beginning. “Research and development is ongoing to develop artificial intelligence tools that will enable accurate analysis of orthopedic and musculoskeletal images. These applications will enable quantification of skeletal movements and effective reporting.”
About 20/20 Imaging
20/20 Imaging, a division of Konica Minolta Healthcare, is a value-added reseller of medical informatics and digital imaging solutions suitable for specialties such as podiatry and chiropractic. Leveraging its extensive expertise in healthcare informatics and imaging, as well as new cost-effective DR and PACS solutions, 20/20 Imaging provides comprehensive digital and informatics imaging solutions and services to a large variety of small to medium sized clinical specialties.
Marie Beth Massat
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