3-D imaging – the first of its kind in Arizona

Jarrett Andersen, R.T., is a Radiologic Technologist at NAO. He provides advanced imaging for patients visiting NAO and Urgent Ortho.

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics now offers Cone Beam Technology, the first of its kind in Ariz.

We just improved the Advanced Imaging offerings at our orthopaedic and spine clinic. In an ongoing effort to meet the diagnostic needs of our patients, improve the quality of digital reads of this type of radiology, and enhance the patient experience, we, NAO, has acquired a CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System.

NAO is one of the first in the nation and the very first in the state to acquire the latest in Advanced Imaging capabilities with the new system. The system uses cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to capture 3-dimensional cross-sectional images of bone or soft tissue in arms, legs, hands and feet. As a practice committed to remaining on the forefront of medicine, NAO has added this resource to offer its patients the highest standard of care possible.

This new machine provides the advantages of high-resolution, 3D images at a relatively low radiation dose,” says Stephen Knecht, MD, foot and ankle surgeon.  “Also, with most imaging systems, exams are performed with the patient lying down or seated. OnSight allows us to capture images of leg or ankle injuries while the patient is standing or placing some weight on the limb,“ continues Dr. Knecht. “We’re able to see the nature of the injury as it appears when the patient is using the leg – we get a much better idea of the injury’s scope and how to treat it.”

Essentially, this provides capabilities not possible with traditional X-ray exams, including:

  • Upper and lower extremity exams, with high-resolution 3D images to reveal subtle,
    difficult-to-detect fractures.
  • Weight-bearing exams, to allow viewing of lower extremities under natural load.
  • Greater patient comfort and convenience, with a wide door opening for easy, step-in access.
  • A reduced radiation dose compared to conventional CT systems.

“The bottom line,” says Dr. Knecht, “is we believe that images from our new Advanced Imaging machine will help us provide more accurate diagnoses, effective treatment planning, and a higher level of care for our patients.”

This article first published in Flagstaff Business News on August 9, 2018. Read it here. 

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For more information on the CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System or any other services offered at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, please contact Carrie Butler, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 928.226.2936 or by email: butlerc@northazortho.com.