What is FCE Scan?

FCE Scan® is an Irish company using state of the art and cutting edge injury detection technology. FCE Scan, scans, examines and assesses the body in a clinical setting for its position, weightbearing and movement. We then provide care and therapy plans, built on the results of our analysis to improve back pain and injuries. FCE Scan uses a technology that has over 390 studies and publications behind it. Our system is a registered medical device having reached MDD (European) and FDA (U.S) standards. The technology is used worldwide in Orthopedic hospitals, Private Clinics and also in Elite Sports facilities.

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On arriving in our clinical assessment centre the client fills out a short questionnaire. To perform the scans a patient will have to reveal their spine. We supply gowns for female patients and you are more than welcome to have a chaperone present with you for the appointment. The gowns retain so that the client feels comfortable and relaxed. We also advise bringing a pair of shorts with you for accurate analysis of the pelvis, hips, legs and feet.

The scan itself is performed in a darkened room. The Formetric Specilaist will be two metres directly behind the client at the testing station. The client will see a light grid appear from behind them and also an infra red light. The static scan will take about 15 seconds. The motion scan differs only by the fact that the patient will be walking on a specialised treadmill for 30 seconds. Appointments (type dependent) take up to 1 hour 15 minutes. Each appointment includes all relevant scans, interpretation, explanation, printed report and a care plan.

Scan results are available immediately. The client will receive a printed report, they will fully understand what there injury is and what is causing it. Furthermore, as part of the Scan and Plan initiative, the client will also have a specific and tailored care plan to very quickly get them on the road to recovery.

Please read our Covid-19 checklist;
1. If you have symptoms of Cough, Fever or Breathing difficulty please reschedule your appointment and do not attend the centre.
2. If you have had close contact with a suspected case and/or recently travelled abroad without self isolating for two weeks please reschedule and do not attend the centre.
3. On arrival at the centre your temperature may be checked by a member of staff.
4. You shall be required to wear a mask and gloves or sanitise your hands during the appointment. Masks once fitted should not be moved by your hands.
5. Social distancing is being implemented as much as practically possible during your appointment, please respect this and take note of where the social distancing spaces are.
6. Only one adult is allowed in to the scanning room (unless you request a chaperone be present).
7. We encourage card payments.

Our Covid-19 operating procedures are in place for the health of you our clients and that of our staff. The wearing of masks along with the procedures as outlined above are compulsory. If you are not willing to wear these or follow the direction of our staff we will not continue with the appointment. Should you have an allergy to Latex please let us know in advance of your appointment.

We have access to a worldwide diagnostics team. This team includes Orthopaedists, Osteopathic Physicians, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Sports Scientists, Occupational therapists, Bio-mechanists and Podiatrists to name but a few. Any of these professionals may be performing the scans on a given day and they are all highly trained in the function of our system.
Our current team is as follows;

Eoin Flynn. D.O. B.Sc. (Hons) Osteo.
Conor Flynn. D.O. B.Sc. (Hons) Osteo.
Mr. George Ampat. Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon.
Shane Hassett. B.Sc. M.Sc. Sports Science.
Darragh Butler. B.Sc. M.Sc.
Olwen Kennedy. B.Sc. M.Sc. Occupational Therapy.
Michelle Jackson. B.Sc. Sport and M.Sc Sport Psychology.
Shirley Fennell. B.Sc. Health and Performance.

A full list of our individualised services and their prices are available under our pricing tab.

FCE Scan provides state of the art methods of Back, Spine, Pelvis, Leg and Foot analysis. We also provide Sports Performance analysis and Scoliosis screening. No referral is necessary. The highly qualified members of our Formetric team perform and interpret all scans.

Our clinical assessment centre is dedicated to finding the cause of your injury or Back pain. We provide a full, detailed and easily understandable report to each client. On leaving our centre each client knows what is wrong with them, why it has happened and how to resolve it. This approach to injury is our Scan and Plan initiative (have the scan, then plan the correct treatment).

Once our scans have been performed we advise you on a course of action. Our scans provide evidence based assessment which in turn lead to evidence based therapy. This leads to much better outcomes.

We provide a care plan that involves advice, exercises and stretches on how to correct the issues we find. This care plan is included with all our services, we call it Scan and Plan.

We also have a directory of professionals we can refer you to when we feel therapy is needed, or where you yourself would prefer it. Furthermore, when currently seeing a professional, we encourage you to discuss our scan results with them. They should be familiar with the results, if not we can provide a refresher course free of charge.

Our Scan and Plan initiative was born around our vision of physical healthcare. The first point of any pain or injury assessment should be the Scan, this way the client and therapist know exactly what is wrong, why it is wrong and so can implement the tailored treatment Plan to correct it. In the majority of cases we also offer the therapy plan as part of the consultation. This saves the client both time and money. The printed report creates an invaluable level of objective data and testing for the clients therapist. Thus allowing the therapist to administer the correct treatment. It is also aimed at reducing the load on outpatient waiting lists.
FCE Scan is a motion analysis scan. It is radiation and magnetism free. We scan the spine, pelvis, legs and feet both statically and in motion to find the root cause of an injury. Our scans use Photogrammetry and Triangulation to assess patterns of movement and strain occurring in the spine, pelvis, legs and feet. MRI scans on the other hand look internally, generally across one specific area of the body at a time by using magnetism. They are generally performed lying down and statically. Both scans are completely different giving a lot of information. MRI may detail disc bulges or disc degenerative disease whereas our scans would seek the strain on the spine that may be predisposing the MRI findings in the first instance.
Certainly. The level of detail we provide on any injury is unmatched. We provide objective results for a professional, thus removing any inaccurate subjective assessment. This allows for greater evidence based assessment and treatment. Therapists want to get clients better, with our scans they can precisely tailor a treatment plan. Therefore, treatment and recovery after one of our scans should be extremely successful and much quicker. We also provide our own care plan to clients.
FCE Scan® examines, scans and assesses the body for its position, weight bearing and movement. The unique feature is that our analysis can be performed whilst the patient is in motion.

FCE Scan® uses a technology that has over 390 studies and publications behind it (this list can be supplied upon request). The studies have been performed by Researchers, esteemed Institutes and Universities including world renowned Orthopaedic surgeon Laurence Lenke M.D of Columbia University Medical Centre, Dr. Patrick Knott, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, The University of Hamburg, University of Freiburg, KU Leuven Belgium (funded by the European Union) etc, etc.

Our system is a registered medical device having reached MDD (European) and FDA (U.S) standards. The technology is used worldwide in Orthopaedic hospitals, Private Clinics and also in Elite Sports facilities.

We scan the spine, pelvis, legs and feet both statically and in motion to find the root cause of an injury. It is radiation and magnetism free.

We hold a directory of therapists we refer clients to, if you would like to be included on this please forward your details to us.

We are only too delighted to discuss our services with all medical professionals – just call Dublin on 01 5641790 , Limerick on 061 545256 or email [email protected] .

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