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Konica Minolta Healthcare highlights clinical advancements with Dynamic Digital Radiography at AAOS 2022

by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | March 23, 2022
Wayne, NJ, March 22, 2022 – At the 2022 annual meeting of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. will showcase its broad array of orthopedic and musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging and information management solutions, including the award-winning Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR) technology. Konica Minolta is committed to furthering clinical research, demonstrating the clinical value and positive impact to patient care of its technologies. At this year's meeting, there are several presentations in the scientific program highlighting clinical use cases of DDR.

Eric R. Wagner, MD, Assistant Professor and Director of Upper Extremity Research at Emory University School of Medicine, will be discussing how dynamic radiographic assessment of upper extremities in motion improves the diagnosis of shoulder pathology and postoperative assessment at an Innovation Theater presentation on Wednesday, March 23. Dr. Wagner has been the lead researcher in using DDR to assess shoulder function and has made DDR the standard of care in his practice. He will also discuss how DDR is used to assess and quantify motion for a range of clinical conditions, including rotator cuff tears, adhesive capsulitis, shoulder arthroplasties and arthritis.

DDR is the next evolution in X-ray, enabling clinicians to visualize the physiological motion of joints, extremities and the spine as a patient moves through the full range of motion. DDR is not fluoroscopy, it is a series of individual digital images acquired at high speed and low dose on the KDR® Advanced U-Arm, a fully automated digital radiography system. In the same study, clinicians can acquire static and dynamic images. The resulting cine loop provides visualization of the dynamic relationship of anatomical structures in a diagnostic-quality view.

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Konica Minolta will also be featuring the SONIMAGE® HS2, an advanced compact ultrasound system optimized for MSK imaging. It is designed to help clinicians address an array of clinical applications in MSK, vascular, pain management, interventional and orthobiologics.

The new SONIMAGE HS2 Ultrasound System provides enhanced needle guidance, superior image quality, high-resolution blood flow imaging and an intuitive, wide view touchscreen monitor. Konica Minolta’s Dual Sonic technology utilizes a unique algorithm that transmits two waveforms depending on the focal length, providing the clarity and high signal needed for deep tissue imaging. Improved Tissue Harmonics technology suppresses acoustic noise and increases both frequency and sensitivity for deep tissue and superficial imaging. When coupled with the company’s wide bandwidth L18-4 probe, users achieve exceptional image quality with improved fine details and contrast resolution for precision in diagnostic and interventional procedures.

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