New Orthopedic Technology That Could Help Sports Teams and Everyday People

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Innovations in health services are always met with great excitement, but when it can have an impact on America’s favorite sport it takes on a whole other level. Like it or not football is currently king in the U.S. and one of the sport’s biggest off-season aspects is quickly approaching: the scouting combine.

The 2016 National Football League Scouting Combine will feature a plethora of athletes vying to prove their speed, strength, endurance, football acumen, and various other attributes to scouts and team officials. They also have to prove to doctors and medical personnel that they won’t need any orthopedic services before a team potentially spends one of their draft picks on them.

This years combine will feature a new orthopedic services that teams and orthopedic specialists are certainly excited about, but the athletes might not be as much.

Carestream Health recently introduced their new orthopaedic services detector, the CARESTREAM DRX Plus 3543. According to a press release from, the new piece of technology can be used with existing imaging technology and will allow doctors and team personnel to see the results of X-rays in real-time. It used to be teams would have to wait for the images to be sent to a lab then processed and analyzed.

In related news, the Carestream company also announced in that press release the addition of the CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System. This new form of orthopedic services, which is still being tested and studied at UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine facility in Buffalo, NY, would let professionals use cone beam CT technology to view weight-bearing and extremity exams.

?We are working closely with leading orthopaedic specialists, sports medicine physicians and athletic trainers to develop compact, portable imaging systems based on CBCT technology that are designed for use in treating orthopaedic conditions?including traumatic injuries, joint replacements, arthritis and osteoporosis,? said Jianqing Bennett, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream.

In addition to the effects this kind of equipment will have in the world of professional sports, they will also play a role in helping everyday people identify ailments and speed up recovery. A very good thing considering over 80% of adults don’t meet typical standards for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities (70% of adults admit to not exercising regularly).

Anything that can help get people moving is certainly a good thing in a world where physical inactivity is the fourth leading mortality risk factor.

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