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Digital shape acquisition system acquires 3D foot shapes in seconds

PAL Health Technologies : 16 June, 2008  (New Product)
PAL Health Technologies has launched The Xtremityscan System, a digital shape acquisition system that allows doctors of podiatary medicine and other practitioners to acquire three-dimensional foot shapes in seconds, without the messy, time-consuming plaster casting process formerly used to obtain the same information.
The Xtremityscan's advanced imaging software, the PAL Scanmanager application, features a user-friendly electronic patient database, custom prescription orthotic ordering solutions, easily-managed patient records, and a speedy, simple online ordering process that results in faster orthotic production and delivery times.

'Patient data is quickly and easily captured and stored using this system,' said PAL Health Technologies vice president, Lois Barnum. 'Orthotic selection is also simplified, allowing Xtremityscan users to select from options built into the software included with the system or customise prescriptions as needed.'

The Xtremityscan system is available in two models - a mobile cart-based scanning system that operates wirelessly and can move between treatment rooms, and a portable model that can travel among multiple offices. Specially-designed software captures an image of the plantar surface of the foot. Advanced imaging software then creates a three-dimensional model of the image. Scans take only seconds to complete, then resulting images can be rotated 360 degrees and displayed in wireframe, surface and topographical views.

Custom orthotic prescriptions are easily uploaded to PAL Health Technologies for fabrication, meaning faster orthotics production and delivery. During prescription upload via PAL's secure servers, the system automatically determines if any software updates are available, and will transparently update a user's Xtremityscan system, if needed. Xtremityscan's powerful Scanmanager software also allows users to maintain an ongoing log of patient scans, tracking progress throughout the treatment process.

Far superior to pressure mat systems, Xtremityscan captures more natural foot shape models in a non-weight bearing format, resulting in a truer foot image and a better orthotic fit.

Mary Olszewski, DPM, MA of Olszewski and Associates in Arlington Heights, Illinois was one of the first clinicians in the USA to install Xtremityscan in her clinic.

'I was initially amazed at how fast the orthotics were received, which expedites the treatment of my patients,' she said. 'We have found the Xtremityscan to be superior to old casting methods in quality and convenience. PAL continues to be as dependable and progressive as we have always known them to be.'

Xtremityscan is available for lease nation-wide through PAL Health Technologies, and is currently in use in clinics across the USA.

'For more than 31 years, PAL has manufactured high-quality orthotics and provided premium customer service,' Barnum said. 'Offering Xtremityscan to our customers allows us to provide the latest in treatment technology, while continuing to provide the high level of service that our clients expect.'
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