CBCT Means Better On-Site Patient Care

Let’s discuss what the new advances in CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) and POC-CT (Point-of-Care Computed Tomography) could mean for your orthopedic or chiropractic practice.

Health care providers who work with patients suffering from injuries or severe discomfort often feel discouraged when they are forced to refer a patient in pain to another facility for diagnostic X-ray or CT images before providing treatment for their injuries.

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Orthopedists, chiropractors, and physical therapists who lack on-site CT and radiology capabilities are often limited in their ability to begin immediate treatment for patients in their care — a real source of frustration for both patient and provider.

Thankfully, there are affordable, realistic CBCT and POC-CT options available that would allow you to get the CT images you need, within minutes, at your facility, and that would allow you to provide your patients with immediate care.

In-House CBCT and POC-CT Machines Create Possibilities

Modern technological advances in CBCT and POC-CT services have resulted in industry-changing solutions that have opened the door to remote CT services. This allows a broad range of medical specialties to address an incredible number of patient issues that require diagnostic imaging.

To be more specific, here are the things we believe modern CBCT technology can do for your patients and your practice:

CBCT and POC-CT Mean Faster and More Effective Diagnosis and Treatment

Having CT imaging services available a few yards away means increased patient flow, reducing the time your patients have to wait for the care they need.

The relatively small size of modern POC-CT and CBCT units allow you to have them installed in your current facilities with a minimum of structural changes or reinforcements.

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CBCT and POC-CT Provide Flexibility

The ease of patient set-up for both standing and sitting configurations, as well as for extremities only, allows patients with limited mobility, claustrophobia, severe anxiety, or severe pain to get the care they need with minimal discomfort.

For the provider or radiologist, that equates to more effective imaging due to reduced patient movement.

Many of the 3D extremity imaging systems allow images to be taken in natural, weight-bearing configurations, which helps in the diagnosis of load-bearing bones and joints under realistic conditions.

The broad range of high-quality image resolutions and patient configurations that these small machines provide makes them ideal for orthopedic practices, sports medicine clinics, and trauma centers.

CBCT and POC-CT Increase Safety Through Reduced Risk

Reducing health risk due to radiation exposure for both patients and staff is also a high priority for medical practices hoping to provide on-site CT diagnostics.

By focusing radiation on the exact point of interest, these machines produce only a fraction of the radiation emitted by traditional CT or X-ray machines, which means fewer safety concerns and structural requirements for rooms containing these units compared to traditional radiology facilities.

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Affordable CBCT and POC-CT Services Increase Revenue

As medical providers, you want to provide the finest patient care possible, but that means having to bring in revenue to pay for those services.

If patients have to be referred out for their diagnostic imaging services, that means a loss of potential profitability.

The free-standing POC-CT and CBCT machines are low-barrier for both patients and medical practices. The low acquisition, installation, and operating costs of these incredible machines provide an amazing return on investment that can help you and your staff provide the highest levels in patient care possible.

You can find examples of specific products here.

You Can Provide In-House Radiology Services — Take the Next Step

At Southwest X-Ray, we’ve worked with orthopedic groups and practices, both large and small, for decades.

That extensive experience allows us to understand your unique needs and can help you find the digital imaging solution that’s right for your practice, one that will increase your capacity and the speed at which you care for patients on-site, all while saving you money.

If on-site CT services in limited space are a challenge you’d like to overcome, we’d like to invite you to explore the possibilities by reading more about the POC-CT and other available orthopedic options — click here.

Shad Merchant

Shad Merchant is an industry veteran with experience in every aspect of the X-ray and imaging industry, having spent over 20 years assisting small medical practices, massive hospital systems, and everyone in between, all over the world, to find the right imaging solution for their needs. Contact him at shadm@swxray.com to learn more about what equipment is right for you.

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