Carticept Medical, a developer and marketer of medical devices for the diagnosis and treatment of cartilage injuries and osteoarthritis, has entered into an agreement to become the official ultrasound technology partner of Atlanta Falcons.

Under the partnership, the Falcons organisation has incorporated the ultrasound technology marketed by Carticept for use by their team of physicians and trainers to expedite the evaluation of players with potential injuries.

Carticept Medical markets ultrasound systems manufactured by SonoSite, a provider of portable hand-carried ultrasound systems, enabling clinicians to conduct point of care examination even on a sports field.

In addition to furthering general awareness of the applications of ultrasound in orthopedic practice, the partnership will promote the education of clinicians in the use of ultrasound for both diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Carticept president and chief executive officer Timothy Patrick said that the use of ultrasound is rapidly expanding within the orthopedic community.

“The ability to evaluate a patient at the point of care is very beneficial in medical practice, not only in terms of convenience to the patient and physician but also because that efficiency drives more cost-effective delivery of care,” Patrick said.