Konica Minolta’s Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR) is an FDA cleared, award-winning enhanced X-ray technology that provides a series of individual digital images acquired at high speed and low dose. The resulting cineloop enables clinicians to observe the motion of anatomical structures over time, improving diagnostic capabilities.
Assess Spine and Extremities like Never Before
Dynamic Digital Radiology supports the diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions by presenting diagnostic detail in full motion. Today, orthopedists rely on observation of external motion and static X-ray to assess the spine and joint stability. With DDR, orthopedists can assess the dynamic relationship of bones and soft tissue through a full range of motion. Spine and extremities can be imaged in the most clinically relevant positions to fully view the musculoskeletal system in motion in weight-bearing or resting positions. DDR helps orthopedic specialists provide faster and more detailed diagnoses improve the quality of care. DDR is also used with pulmonogists and neurosurgeons to help diagnose and treat patients with certain conditions. Clinicians can use the images to view a patient's full range of movement, which provides immediate information for diagnosis, surgical planning and treatment follow-up.
DDR Exams are Used to Assess Spine Stability and Joint Motion
X-ray exams usually show a static view of the span in a flexed and extended positions. DDR can help assess spine stability by providing a detailed view of the full range of motion. Assessing movement has been shown to Dynamic imaging has been shown to help assess joint and extremities in motion . Many orthopedic facilities are adding a DDR views of spine and extremities to diagnose stability, joint space, assess sources of pain biomechanics, musculoskeletal injury, such as whiplash, as treatment follow-up , and postoperative evaluation of movement before ordering a more advanced exam like CT or MRI. Furthermore, showing patients the joint movement makes communication simpler and more effective.
What Makes DDR Unique?
DDR is the only imaging study that provides a view of anatomy in motion, with a large field of view and low radiation dose. Most advanced medical imaging technologies like CT and MRI provide superb spatial resolution but not the movement Ultrasound has a limited range, and fluoroscopy does not provide enough resolution to evaluate soft tissue without contrast Images can be acquired with the patient in a natural upright position which is not possible with CT or MRI.
DDR technology is available at our Blessing Health Center 4800 diagnostic facility. For more information please call us at (217) 214-5855.
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