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In our opinion, ALL x-rays need to have a determined scale factor. Here's why: We know that the anatomy in every image is GUARANTEED to be wrong in size. Therefore every measurement that you make is GUARANTEED to be wrong and planning software can't remedy the situation without first scaling the image. The explanation is magnification and the topic is always the elephant in the room. X-rays are deceptive. BUT they don't have to be. With an Akucal from J2 Medical, X-rays can be extremely accurate! And that will make you extremely accurate as well because we calculate the actual size of the anatomy in an image by determining the magnification factor. It's the fundamental necessity of radiology.
The Akucal is all about quality and precision! From product quality to quality results, we've engineered every detail. Using an Akucal will undoubtedly give you more accurate measurements from a radiograph.
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“Step right up ladies and gentlemen boys and girls, step right up!!” Now I remember going to the local fair as a kid and there was always the “game” where an individual would ask to guess my height and weight. Guessing of height seems to be the easier of the two because the game attendant knows his own height and can make an educated guess as to mine. Weight, on the other hand, seems somewhat more difficult. Again the attendant knows his own weight but looks can be deceiving and making an educated guess can be more challenging. Of course he would allow for a margin of error because guessing someone’s height and weight down to the inch and pound respectively would be almost impossible on a regular basis to make a profit.
Joint replacement surgery used to be somewhat of a guessing game. But for joint replacement surgery, allowance for margin of error is not an option orthopedic surgeons are afforded. When it is imperative to be precise and accurate, orthopedic surgeons must be able to trust their templating device they are utilizing. They do not have the luxury to be incorrect in their measurements during pre-surgical planning. J2 Medical's Akucal image scaling device provides orthopedic surgeons with the highest level of accuracy throughout the planning process. The suction cup base for horizontal and vertical use combined with the fully positional flexible arm of the Akucal, makes it perfect for positioning the solid, surgical grade single-ball marker at anatomy level along the coronal plane. By doing so, this eliminates errors in positioning calibration that can sometimes lead to incorrect results.
Other devices offer multiple ball markers for single hip x-rays but according to Orthoview.com, world leader in digital templating, “Measuring a radiographic marker which has been placed on the patient in the plane of the bone or joint in question is the most accurate way to scale the image.” And with the marker size indicator feature of the Akucal, the size of the 25MM, 25.4MM, or 30MM marker is visible on every image taken. The Akucal allows for consistent and accurate calculations of radiological magnification and according to Agfa, a global leader in medical imaging device manufacturing, “Images need calibrated with standard reference objects, such as a 30MM sphere, to account for x-rays inherent magnification. This is necessary to accurately size implants and better plans the procedure. More accurate planning allows for significant time savings in complex operations and helps reduce the incidence of medical complications.”
Local fairs were always fun as a kid. The lights, the prizes, the rides, and the games are what attract thousands to local fairs every summer. The thought of $1 potentially winning a stuffed animal is overwhelming for some. But there is risk involved and the slightest margin of error in ring toss or for the weight guesser can mean going home empty-handed. Orthopedic surgeons and the patients themselves do not want to go home empty-handed. The need a scaling device that offers accuracy, durability, versatility and precision. So “Step Right Up” orthopedic surgeons and take home a winner in the Akucal!
The sport of golf is a game of skill, chance, and a little bit of luck. I’m not a professional golfer, nor do I claim to be one, but I’ve been known to hit a nice shot or two in my days at Grand View Golf Course. And I always find it interesting if not comical to see PGA Tour superstar players like Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson hit errant tee shots into the water hazards or hit a chip shot that only goes two feet and think to myself, “I do the same thing and they are supposed to be professionals (Although I do it more often)”! But within the golf industry, companies are always coming up with innovative equipment to improve the way people, both pros and average Joes, play the game.
This innovative equipment comes in the form of bigger drivers, contraptions to correct swing motions, tee variations, gloves to correct a bad hand grip, and even golf balls with “irregular dimple patterns” that claims the ball will fly straight regardless of a person’s swing type. These innovations were all designed with the golfer’s needs in mind. Let’s face it, if you have ever golfed in your life nothing is more frustrating or creates thoughts of quitting the game than bad shot after bad shot. If one or more of these devices will improve your game regardless of skill level, than it would be worth a purchase (I know I am going to get the “fly straight” balls).
Like golf, the “sport” of orthopedic templating can be a “game” of skill, chance, and a little bit of luck if one is NOT utilizing a device that offers the accuracy, durability, and functionality that the Akucal scaling device designed by J2 Medical can provide. While it wasn’t designed with the golfer in mind, it WAS designed with the orthopedic surgeon in mind. And like good golfers, the Akucal only utilizes one ball, or radiographic marker, and is extremely accurate when placed in the plane of the bone or joint being examined. There is a plethora of situations for which the Akucal can be employed including:
Currently Jordan Speith is the number one ranked PGA golfer in the world. Jordan's sponsorship's include: Under Armour, Titleist, Coca-Cola, and Rolex to name a few. These companies sponsor Jordan because they believe in his play and he accepts them as sponsors because he believes in their product. The same can be said for J2 Medical’s Akucal. Hospitals all over the world and leading companies in the orthopedic industry such as: CE, Corin, Fusion One, Infinitt, Medstrat, Orthoview, Vetel Diagnostics, and Viztek all believe in the accuracy and diverse use of the Akucal. Golf innovations may improve your golf game, orthopedic templating innovations like the Akucal will change your scaling “game.”
J2 Medical has been the leading brand in X-ray image scaling since it’s market debut 9 years ago with the Akucal.
The truth is that orthopaedic templating is only as accurate as the tool used to scale the image properly. If you begin the process with a poorly scaled x-ray image, it doesn’t matter what software you have chosen, the pre surgical planning measurements will be off proportionately… With up to 20% magnification if the image is not scaled at all.
The Akucal Evo is a patented x-ray scaling tool that ensures the most accurate orthopedic templating calculations and most functional abilities in the world. It performs reliably in any situation whether it’s a hip study, knee study or any study. The Akucal has the smallest table footprint and has the best suction cup known to man so it works on an upright study just as well.
The Akucal’s reputation speaks for itself and is placed in thousands of cutting edge orthopedic facilities worldwide and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of successful replacements per year. Contact J2 today and try one for free!
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