Weight Bearing 3D Scanner Improves Foot and Ankle Patient’s Outcomes

Great toe joint fusion surgey

Great toe joint fusion with plate cross section on CT.

Imaging for foot and ankle has taken a huge leap forward and University Foot and Ankle Institute is proud to be at the cutting edge with one of the first new 3D weight bearing CT scanners in Southern California.

So what is so important about a weight bearing 3D scan you may ask? It is the ability to get an image of the foot in multiple planes and angles and cut the foot in what looks like “slices” that give us a much better way to look at the patient’s foot and ankle.

In addition, the computers in the CT machine will reformat the foot in a full 3D model that allows surgical planning and alignment guide planning prior to surgery.  This allows us as surgeons to plan the surgery with much more precise angles and alignment guidance prior to surgery.

Heel bone lengthening surgery, 3D CT Scan

Heel bone lengthening with bone graft cross section.

It is often thought that surgery is an art.  This is true but much of the art of surgery is through the proper selection of procedures and implementation of the procedure selection on the foot or ankle.  Much like an art project, finding the right site to paint, using the right paint and sketching the painting prior to going to work actually applying paint is all part of the process for a good outcome.

A 3D CT is much like setting up a painting and the CT images are much like a sketch prior to applying paint.  The CT shows the foot in multiple planes and allows for alignment guidance and pre surgical planning.  The surgeon can plan the surgery and sketch the painting.  The actual painting occurs during surgery with the sketch as a guide.

Subsequent to surgery, it is often hard to tell if a bone has healed or a fusion has occurred in the desired surgical site.  X-rays show a foot in 2 dimensions and often the fusion site may look fused but may not be fully healed.  The 3D CT allows us to check the surgical site in multiple planes for fusion and also allows us to get patients up earlier if fused or protect them longer if not fused.  This has resulted in less time to healing and also has saved many patients from having to have revision surgery when the foot looked healed on x-rays but was not fully healed on CT and required additional protection.

Toe alignment and fusion surgery, 3D scan

Post surgery showing alignment and fusion position.

Our Curvebeam 3D CT has dramatically changed our thought process and the way we practice. It has allowed us to image the foot prior to surgery for proper surgical planning and also check the foot post surgery for adequate healing.

The 3D CT system is a giant leap in the field of foot and ankle surgery which leads to significantly better outcomes for our patients.

For more information please call (877) 989-9110 or visit us at www.footankleinstitute.com.

 

Dr. Bob Baravarian

Dr. Bob Baravarian

Dr. Bob Baravarian is a Board Certified Podiatric Foot and Ankle Specialist. He is currently a member of UCLA Medical Group, Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Santa Monica/UCLA medical center and Orthopedic Hospital and an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He also serves as co-director of University Foot and Ankle Institute. He is Editor Emeritus of the international medical journal, Foot and Ankle Specialist.

Dr. Baravarian been involved in athletics his entire life and played competitive tennis in high school and college. He has an interest in sports medicine, arthritis therapy and trauma/reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. He servers as a consultant to the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tour, multiple running organizations and several shoe manufacturers. He is also fluent in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Farsi and Hebrew),

Podiatrist Dr. Bob Baravarian is available for consultation at the Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks and UCLA Westwood offices.
Dr. Bob Baravarian

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

3 × 5 =

  • Yelp
    I went to see Dr. Bob for the problem I had with my foot.  I was very impressed with him and his staff.  Dr. Bob is both very professional and very knowledgeable.  Thank you Dr. Bob.
    Patty P.
  • Yelp
    Have already sent six folks to you. Love you guys!
    Lorna B.
  • I can't thank you enough for all of those times you saw me at no charge. Many doctors would've turned their back on me the second my insurance ran out, but you didn't and you saw me at no charge.
    Andrew
  • Angies List
    Exceptional care. Was concerned that I was going to need surgery, but opted for Platelet Rich Plasma injections that now, two months out, have reduced the inflammation significantly. I actually played basketball last ...
    Anonymous
  • CustomerSure
    My feet don't hurt anymore!
    Kirk W.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. B and his staff were so kind. I'm extremely sensitive to pain and they were all very comforting and supportive. I would not hesitate to return and refer any of my family members and friends. Thank you for you comm...
    Christina A.
  • Yelp
    I've been seeing Dr Baravarian for about a year for a chronic foot injury and I'm very happy with him and the Sherman Oaks office.  The staff at UFAI is knowledgeable and friendly. It's consistently easy to get an ea...
    Tracy L.
  • When I compare the surgery result and treatment at the Foot and Ankle Institute with the treatment at other offices, I am amazed. I was so happy with my surgery result and that I had Dr. Baravarian fix the foot that w...
    M. G.
  • ZocDoc
    Very informative and helpful. Glad I went, as I now know how to help myself.
    Anonymous
  • Google+
    This is my second experience, first plantar fasciitis, now my Achilles, lucky me. :( I would not go anywhere else and my feet are glad. Both times I have totally avoided surgery and for the Achilles, I was REALLY con...
    Steven L.
Same day appointments now available!
or call us:
  • University Foot & Ankle, a Preferred Provider to:
  • UCLA Health System - UCLA Medical Group
  • MPTF - Member Industry Health Network
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals
  • And consulting physicians for:
  • C&S - Cedars-Sinai
  • Saint John's Health Center