Planmed Verity® is a point-of-care extremity CT scanner providing high-quality 3D images with a low dose. The design of the unit is driven by the design philosophy of Planmed – maximized ergonomics and comfort for both the patient and the user.
Clinical practice and benefits
The Planmed Verity extremity CT scanner possesses a number of advantages over traditional medical CT scanners in clinical practice. These include lower effective radiation doses, lower cost, fewer space requirements, easier image acquisition, and interactive display modes, such as multi-planar reconstruction (MPR), that are applicable to both upper and lower extremities as well as head and neck imaging.
The in-office applications for Planmed Verity provide apparent benefits for the assessment of fractures, malunions, preoperative case planning, and postoperative checkups.
Planmed Verity® – The original weight-bearing CT
A 3D weight-bearing image of a knee, ankle, foot and toes under natural load can reveal problems otherwise non-discernible. The versatile patient positioning options combined with advanced imaging algorithms allow effortless imaging.
3D weight-bearing imaging solves the challenges of projection differences and overlapping structures. The anatomy is shown in a naturally occurring position and can better reveal joint space narrowing and other conditions that may not be visible through conventional diagnostic means. Extremity CT is currently the only technology able to produce 3D imaging data of the anatomy under real, weight-bearing conditions.
Planmed Verity is a stand-alone imaging unit that has an integrated touchscreen-equipped workstation for image acquisition and reconstruction, as well as managing studies. The system features a motorized gantry with adjustable height and tilt for relaxed patient positioning. Being a compact and mobile unit, the Planmed Verity system can be flexibly installed and moved within the hospital to be used in different departments.
Proven low dose imaging with optimal diagnostic image quality
Questions related to effective doses and patient safety have taken on an increasing role as 3D imaging continues to evolve. These considerations are especially pronounced when imaging children. Clinicians following the ALARA (As Low as Reasonably Achievable) principle commit to not exposing patients to a higher dosage than is needed for acquiring images of sufficient diagnostic quality.
The innovative Planmeca Ultra Low Dose™ imaging protocol allows reducing the Planmed Verity® scanner’s already low effective patient doses by 50% without compromising diagnostic image quality. The unique and pioneering imaging protocol is based on Planmeca’s intelligent 3D algorithms.
Automatic patient movement correction
Patient movement can deteriorate image quality and lead to additional scans. The Planmed Verity extremity CT scanner solves this problem with the intelligent Planmeca CALM™ algorithm, which can compensate for slight movements and provide improved, diagnostic-quality images.
The feature is particularly beneficial when imaging restless or lively patients such as children, individuals with special needs, or elderly patients. In addition, the algorithm can add value to any image by improving its quality. Planmeca CALM can be applied after an image has been captured for all anatomies and voxel sizes. The feature not only saves time for clinicians but also guards patients from unnecessary exposure.
Metal artifact reduction
Metal objects such as plates, inserts, and artificial joints can cause shadows and streaks in 3D images. Our intelligent algorithm suppresses these artifacts efficiently and reliably. The artifact removal algorithm is very flexible to use – you can either activate it before imaging or utilize it manually after the exposure.
With metal artifact reduction
Without metal artifact reduction
Noise removal algorithm
The noise filtration protocol of Planmed Verity is a fantastic tool for achieving noise-free images without losing valuable details. The algorithm improves image quality when using small voxel sizes and allows lowering exposure values by reducing noise. It can be included in the imaging protocol or applied to the image after acquisition.
ULD – Ultra low dose with diagnostic image quality
The Planmed Verity scanner is also widely used in research projects. The clinical outcomes have been proven in various studies around the world. A list of publications with summaries can be seen below. Contents vary from weight-bearing studies to fracture diagnostics comparisons between modalities and patient dose analyses.
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