Scoliosis is a condition that may appear in more than one member of a family in the same or different generations. It does not develop as a result of anything that a child or her parents did or failed to do. Poor posture or carrying a heavy book bag does not case scoliosis. Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that usually appears during adolescence, although it may appear in younger children as well.
Also, scoliosis may be caused by NERVE AND MUSCLE DISORDERS, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and polio. Other known causes of scoliosis include: CONGENITAL which is caused by abnormalities in the formation of the vertebrae present at birth, CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDERS such as Down’s Syndrome. Early diagnosis of the cause of scoliosis can aid in the proper treatment.
During adolescence scoliosis usually produces no pain and may be difficult to detect. Mild scoliosis may be present for several years before it is seen. One of the easiest ways to detect it is by using the forward beding examination. Most importantly, the physician should check the child’s spine regularly until growth is complete since scoliosis may appear at any time during adolescence. The curvature may progress considerably during the last major growth spurt.
Mild scoliosis occurs nearly as often in boys as in girls. More serious curves are five to eight times greater in girls than in boys.
Studies conducted throughout the world show there is a very even occurrence of scoliosis. There is virtually no variation of racial or ethnic incidence.
There are two ways to treat scoliosis:
If the curvature is below 45 degrees, a surgical operation is not necessary to treat scoliosis.
If the curvature is above 45 degrees, a surgical operation is currently the only way to treat scoliosis.
- Faster than plaster casting
- More precise and accurate
- No plaster mold impression/comfort for the patient
- The measurement is exactly reproduced
- The professional works on the actual 3D image of the patient (not model)
3D Measurement Device
The 3D scanning device is quick and accurate. Optical casting is non-invasive, eliminates plaster casts, and the need for prolonged direct contact with the patient. Called ComfORTAC, it acquires 360 degrees measurements of a patients body and legs using structured light projection. The result scan is used by our CAD software to design orthopedic devices. Exact physical reference points are recorded directly from their position on the patient. These measurements are exactly reproduced, and stored to the computer.
- The 3D measuring device takes two pictures from the patient: frontal and profile. The software automatically finds the silhouette and calculate the 3D model.
- By acting directly on the patient’s contour, the 3D model is automatically modified. The resulting model fits the patient’s contour perfectly
CAD Software System
This system provides an integrated suite of tools for acquiring shape data, designing and modifying shapes, and carving positive models.
- Accurate and efficient – CAD software models data from the 3D scan and enables the operator to make appropriate corrections.
- Working with an actual 3D image of the patient, measurements are reproduced exactly to create a viewable virtual cast.
- The electronic data is automatically stored. 3D monitoring and adjustments are made if needed as the treatment progresses.
The CANFIT-PLUS CARVER
The CANFIT-PLUS CARVER is designed to carve industry standard polyurethane foam blanks, handling shapes and sizes ranging from small upper extremities to very large spinal shapes.
- The 3D model from the CAD system is sent to another machine, the CANFIT-PLUS milling machine, a computer numerically controlled (CNC) carver which produces a polyurethane positive model of the socket or brace.
- The unique software enables environmentally safe and economical reuse of polyurethane blocks.
- The carver features advanced design, large capacity and extreme accuracy.