CurveBeam announced that the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust – Stanmore, is the first institution in the United Kingdom to acquire the pedCAT, a weight-bearing Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scanner dedicated to the foot and ankle.?

The pedCAT system can image one or both feet in true weight bearing position and create three dimensional reconstructions of the bony anatomy in less than three minutes. ??The pedCAT is being used by Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon Andy Goldberg at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH). Research at the hospital has identified that shoe related pain is a major issue with 57% of female patients experiencing severe foot pain as a result of regularly wearing uncomfortable shoes, such as high heels.

??”Traditionally, we have used 2D x-rays to diagnose foot problems but this only gives us limited information,” Goldberg said. “The new 3D CT scanner allows us to see how the foot and ankle looks in a functional weight bearing position and, when appropriate, we can scan the patient in their shoes or wearing their insoles to assess a real life situation. This will help us treat patients earlier to prevent long term problems.”