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Buffalo Sports Medicine Center Assists Company Working On Instant Imaging Technology for NFL

Doctor examining x-ray imagesIn America, it’s usually a good day anytime your business can share a headline with the NFL — and the UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine facility in Buffalo, NY, is doing just that. According to a press release published to, the 2016 National Football League Scouting Combine will feature a new piece of technology to help scouts, doctors, and team officials in determining the medical condition of an athlete in question.

The CARESTREAM DRX Plus 3543 as it’s called is a detector that can be used in conjunction with X-ray systems to produce high-quality diagnostic images in almost no time at all. In the past, teams would have to wait for the images to be processed and analyzed back at the lab. Now it can be done right on site.

While the company hailing from our neighbors to the west isn’t technically involved in the development of this particular piece of technology, they are helping with another product being produced by Carestream that was talked about in the same press release.

The CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System is part of ongoing trials and research studies conducted by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. This piece of equipment utilizes cone beam CT technology to capture weight-bearing and other types of extremity exams.

Cone beam CT systems use less radiation than typical full-body scans, which is nice considering we get enough of it from our phones every day, even when they’re not in use. These systems provide weight-bearing images of different parts of the body to help professionals identify and diagnose any potential problems.

“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.

Although the DRX system gets to mingle with future professional athletes at the combine, the CBCT prototype will be highlighted by Carestream at the at the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in March. Not a bad consolation prize in the world of orthopedics.