New 3D Foot & Ankle Scanner

Consultants at LFAC are proud to announce the arrival of the first Standing CT Scanner at The Hospital of St.John & St.Elizbeth – the first in a UK private hospital!

The PedCAT® is used by leading surgeons and hospitals around the world from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Stanmore to the Harvard Teaching Hospitals in the USA, providing easier access for patients and superior results for clinicians

Matt Solan says “LFAC patients will be able to access this cutting edge technology, which has so impressed our colleagues in the USA and Germany.”

The PedCat scanner produces 3D standing scans of both feet and both ankles in less than 2 minutes – much faster than ordinary CT or MRI scans. A standing scan of the foot and the ankle will provide better information to the consultant and the GP, improving diagnosis and presenting superior 3D results for clinicians.

Dr Martin O’Malley,  a leading  foot and ankle specialist in New York, who has done work on numerous high profile professional athletes, says

“It’s really changed our practice. We’re much better because of it. The response from patients is great. They’re happy to see it (their scan) in 3 dimension and they feel like they’re getting the best possible imaging and the best possible care.”

Clinical Benefits;

  1. Weight-bearing 3-Dimensional views of the foot & ankle.
  2. Scans both feet at the same time to give a side by side comparison.
  3. The whole of the foot and ankle is captured in a single pass, so the patient does not have to change positions.
  4. Easy walk-in entry to the scanner, so the patient does not need to climb in or step up.
  5. Scans completed in less than 2 minutes.
  6. Can generate all standard X-ray views in addition to the full CT volume.
  7. Low radiation dosage (less than 5 µSv), equivalent to a standard X-ray set or a single transatlantic flight.

A standing CT is useful in almost all clinical cases and are particularly helpful to assess the following conditions;

  • Hindfoot and Midfoot deformities
  • High arch and flat feet
  • Tarsal coalitions
  • Lisfranc injuries
  • Tarsometatarsal arthritis
  • Bunions and metatarso-sesamoid arthritis
  • Syndesmosis injuries
  • Ankle fracture stability

Matt Solan introduces the new 3D Standing CT Scanner at St. John & St. Elizabeth’s and outlines the benefits to GPs.