3-D Device ‘Scolioscan’ Enables Radiation-Free Diagnosis for Scoliosis

by Vishnuprasad on  June 2, 2015 at 8:04 PM Medical Gadgets   - G J E 4
Scientists from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed a radiation-free technology, named Scolioscan, which helps in the diagnosis and tracking of scoliosis.
3-D Device ‘Scolioscan’ Enables Radiation-Free Diagnosis for Scoliosis
3-D Device ‘Scolioscan’ Enables Radiation-Free Diagnosis for Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine that can cause severe curvature and disability. It can be diagnosed using X-rays.

The diagnosis method is effective for the initial stage of the disease, but repeated X-rays are problematic for tracking progression of scoliosis because of the mutagenic risks associated with cumulative radiation exposure. Since frequent screening is an important in the management of scoliosis and in mitigating its progression, an alternative to X-ray imaging represents a significant breakthrough.

Based on 3-dimensional ultrasound imaging assessments of the spine relative to bone landmarks, Scolioscan can be used to determine the spine's rotation in various planes.

The device can capture coronal images of the spine while the patient is in a standing position. The extent of spinal curvature is measured from these images and tracked over time to determine the stability of the spinal angles and scoliotic progression.

Since the device is free of radiation, frequent screenings can be obtained for early detection and safe tracking.

Source: Medindia

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

More News on: