Southeast Georgia Health System has become one of only 12 health facilities
in the world to acquire the pedCAT™ TRUE 3D weight bearing imaging
device,an advanced diagnostic imaging system specifically for the foot
The pedCAT™takes 360 two-dimensional images of each foot and then
stitches them together to create an exact, three-dimensional digital replica
of the foot and ankle.
This technology, known as cone beam volumetric tomography (CBVT), will
aid doctors in diagnosing and treating conditions including,but not limited
to, fractures, subluxations and dislocations, midfoot injuries, bunions,
flat feet, sprains, arthritis, and diabetic-related complications.
“Our physicians can use these three-dimensional replicas to pre-plan
implant surgeries, assuring a higher rate of accuracy when screws, plates
and replacement joints are placed inside the foot,” says DelRia
Baisden, vice president. “They can also use the scans to better
assess arthritic joints and detect bone erosion caused by diabetes.”
The 3D images provide physicians with detailed anatomical information
when a plain 2D X-ray may not provide enough diagnostic information to
diagnosis the related condition. The state-of-the-art scans are taken
in a matter of minutes.
The pedCAT also uses far less radiation than other forms of advanced imaging.
“The Health System always has the best interest of our patients
in mind with regards to radiation exposure,” says Karen S. Beaver,
CRA, MBA, director of Radiology, Brunswick Campus. “We chose the
pedCAT™ since radiation exposure to the patient is minimal when
using this device. It is significantly lower than traditional medical