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Optasia and D3A Medical Systems integrate digital imaging device to examine osteoarthritis

Optasia Medical : 21 November, 2007  (New Product)
Optasia Medical and D3A Medical Systems SAS have integrated Optasia Medical's KneeAnalyzer analysis software into D3A's BMA High-Resolution Digital X-Ray imaging system.
D3A's Skeletal Ultra Analysis technology enables rapid high resolution imaging of the knee for diagnosis and management of patients with osteoarthritis (OA) with a very low dose office-based system. The BMA design provides user-friendly patient positioning to enable rapid imaging for Joint Space Width (JSW) measurement utilising a Posterior-anterior (PA) X-ray image of the knee with a proprietary positioning device for highly reproducible image acquisition.

The BMA image has a resolution of 8lp/mm, which is two to three times better resolution than a standard X-ray image. The integrated high-resolution monitor allows the operator or physician to view the image immediately after acquisition for a real-time diagnosis.

The KneeAnalyzer software is completely integrated into the BMA system, allowing instantaneous analysis of the resulting image. KneeAnalyzer utilises Optasia's proprietary model-based vision technology to assess Minimum Joint Space Width (mJSW), Joint Space Profile, and Fractal Signature Analysis of the sub-chondral bone. Also supported is the integrated comparison between baseline and follow-up visits.

Time from acquisition of image to complete KneeAnalyzer analysis report is less than two minutes, empowering the physician to review objective, quantitative analysis data during the office visit.

Reduced operator dependency provided by KneeAnalyzer, is combined with high-resolution images delivered by BMA to provide an enhanced precision in the assessment of osteoarthritis disease. Expected benefits include improved monitoring of the disease evolution and faster evaluation of therapeutic actions.

The release of the BMA High-Resolution Digital X-ray unit with Optasia Medical's KneeAnalyzer software is a result of an on-going collaboration between D3A and Optasia Medical. The next release of the BMA system will include Optasia's HandAnalyzer software for the management of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis .
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