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Novel X-ray-free diagnosis for scoliosis

Scoliosis can affect adults and children alike. The condition is characterised by a side-to-side curvature of the spine and is quite common in the population.
Novel X-ray-free diagnosis for scoliosis
The condition is often misdiagnosed especially in childhood; however, a new technology from Italy might offer new solutions to physicians. An Italian SME has developed a new system for the screening of scoliosis. The method is non-invasive, inexpensive and it is not based on the use of X-rays.

This approach utilises a series of reflective tags that are positioned on the patient's back. Following a series of photographs, the digital image is analysed using newly developed software. The tailor-made software can detect spinal deformities with a 98% accuracy compared to radiographic methods.

Its low cost and safety render this method suitable for repeated applications for monitoring purposes. It is also suitable to be used for school screenings. All the required components can be easily transported, further facilitating the use of the method. The analysis of the digital images means that the patient is never exposed to X-ray radiation thus lowering the overall health risk.

A prototype has already been developed for demonstration purposes and the originators are now seeking to enter into specific agreements to further the potential of this approach. Partners are sought to carry out further technical tests and marketing efforts and to develop local language support if and when needed.
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