top of page

MedShape, CurveBeam Initiate Joint Prospective Clinical Study

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

MedShape and CurveBeam have announced the initiation of a first it’s kind Joint Prospective Clinical Study: Tibiotalocalcaneal Arthrodesis Utilizing a Sustained Dynamic Compression Intramedullary Nail with Longitudinal Weight-Bearing CT Analysis.

Led by Gregory C. Berlet, MD, and Mark Prissel, DPM, from the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Worthington OH, the study has some BIG potential implications.

What We Know So Far

Forty-five enrolled patients will undergo tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis using Medshape's DynaNail, a technology recently acquired by Colfax under DJO Corporation for its unique proprietary tensioned superelastic nickel-titanium shape memory alloy.

The aim of the prospective study is to assess the nail's sustained compression element with respect to the percent fusion of the ankle and subtalar joint(s) at five temporal points, over 12 months, using CurveBeam's low dose LineUP WBCT System for three-dimensional reconstructions.


Longitudinal temporal tracking of the fusion process using weight-bearing CT with concurrent assessment of DynaNail's internal nickel titanium (NiTiNOL) Compressive Element may allow for a number of preliminary associations – the most obvious being between the elements position and the percent fusion mass.

This association alone could translate into more patient-centric postoperative protocols for surgeons, affording earlier weight-bearing, and ideally, better outcomes.

Intrigued? Its hard not to be, and more details on the study are sure to be released in the coming months. Stay tuned.

Recent Posts

See All

Foot and Ankle Leadership News

Dr. Ned Amendola MD, FAAOS, FRCS(C) from Duke University was named second vice president of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and will ascend to president in 2025-2026. Fellowship tra

Capital Markets, SVB, Foot & Ankle Innovation

Startup capital is the fuel for innovation in foot and ankle surgery. There are several sources for capital with debt financing through banks representing one of them. Competition is good and the more


FIX Masthead 2000x318 v2.jpg
bottom of page