How SMART-C® Is Revolutionizing Podiatry

In podiatry, precise visualization of bones, joints, and soft tissues is crucial for accurate diagnoses and effective treatments. Traditional X-ray systems provided limited flexibility and mobility, making it challenging to capture images of intricate foot and ankle structures. The compact lightweight SMART-C® mini C-arm provides unparalleled portability, easy positioning, and real-time imaging capabilities, making it an invaluable podiatry tool.

SMART-C® In Podiatry Procedures

  • Fracture Assessment: Fluoroscopy plays a pivotal role in assessing fractures and stress fracture injuries within the foot and ankle. Fluoroscopy allows podiatrists to examine the affected area dynamically, ensuring proper alignment during reduction procedures.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries:  Stress tests on the foot are used to assess ligament stability aiding the extent to which ligament injuries affect joint stability and function.
  • Joint Injections: Administering corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid injections into joints requires precision to ensure optimal placement. Real-time imaging aids podiatrists in visualizing the injection site in real-time, reducing the risk of complications and improving treatment accuracy.
  • Foreign Body Localization: Often, patients are present with foreign objects lodged in their feet. Fluoroscopy assists in locating and accurately removing these foreign bodies, minimizing tissue damage and reducing patient discomfort.
  • Surgical Procedures: Mini C-arms are employed during various surgical procedures, such as bunionectomies, hammertoe corrections, ligament repairs/reconstruction, and ankle arthroscopies. Real-time imaging guides surgeons, ensuring precise bone cuts, hardware placement, and overall surgical success.

Why use SMART-C® in your practice?

  • Efficiency: Quickly and comfortably perform procedures on the spot instead of moving patients and/or equipment to get the imaging you need.
  • Portability: Weighing only 16 lbs. SMART-C® is the most compact and portable mini c-arm, allowing podiatrists to bring the imaging technology directly to the patient.
  • Weight bearing Fluoroscopy: Weight bearing fluoroscopy offers podiatrists a transformative advantage providing real-time visualization of foot and ankle dynamics under load.  SMART-C® weight bearing stand Ergonomic provides a comfortable and secure stand for patients during weight-bearing imaging

  • Reduced Radiation Exposure: SMART-C® was designed to minimize radiation exposure while maintaining image quality, safeguarding both patients and healthcare professionals. Learn more about our commitment to radiation safety here .
  • Enhanced Patient Communication: Showing patients real-time images of their condition improves communication, as patients and parent/guardians gain a clearer understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options. Provide a more engaged and collaborative approach with patients and involve them in the treatment planning process to foster better physician-patient relationships with SMART-C®
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