Scoliosis Scan / Screening

Scoliosis Scan / Screening2020-01-17T15:56:30+00:00

Scoliosis Scans

At FCE Scan we can safely and accurately screen for Scoliosis. Our scoliosis service involves;

  • Assessing the spine.
  • Performing our Scoliosis scan that is radiation and magnetism free.
  • Our scans not only assess the spine for lateral curvature but also unlike x-ray uniquely for spinal rotation as well.
  • We can perform follow up examinations to assess for any deterioration in curvature.
  • We also offer exercise programs to help reduce scoliosis and or its effects where possible.
  • No referral is necessary.

“So delighted with this excellent service. A very child friendly experience for our 5 and 8 year old girls. It’s fantastic to have this facility to work in association with our paediatric consultation. Looking forward to coming back again. Thank you.” Mairead

What do we do?

A scoliotic spine generally takes the shape of a C or an S shaped spine curvature. There is also a rotational element to scoliosis, so someone may notice that one shoulder appears to be more forward and lower than the other. The rotational element becomes more obvious on forward bending. FCE Scans system is uniquely able to safely screen for scoliosis and to monitor any changes until such a time as bone growth has ceased. In contrast to x-ray the system is also able to screen for the rotational element occurring in the spine. The initial development of the system was to reduce the amount of radiation that patients were being subjected to via x-ray and to create a safe alternative to x-ray.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is quite simply a side curvature or lateral curvature of the spine. There are two types, idiopathic (no known cause) and Congenital (birth defects in the spine). It is more common in Girls than Boys and can start in pre teen years. There have been studies on pelvis, leg length and neck positions on the formation of this curvature of the spine.

In Ireland there is no longer a nationwide school screening programme for children. As a result the majority of cases are not discovered until they are quite advanced. At FCE Scan we can safely and accurately perform screening. No direct referral is required and our pricing is kept at a reduced rate to cater for all budgets.

The system FCE Scan uses has been in development for more than 25 years. The development began with the objective of reducing the high x-ray load on patients undergoing scoliosis screening. A study found a higher percentage of breast cancer in scoliotic patients, the reason being that the breast tissue was absorbing the radiation. This study led to the development of the system FCE Scan uses. FCE Scans system is radiation free and safe. Therefore it can be performed routinely to reassess for any changes or deterioration in curvature of the spine.

According to Straight Ahead in association with the CMRF, there is debate as to whether early discovery and treatment of a curve improves the long-term outcome. We do know that if curves are discovered late, when they are already severe, the results of treatment can be compromised. Therefore it is important that early referral to a scoliosis specialist is achieved. It is well established that early intervention where and when required improves outcome, function and rapid recovery. Delayed intervention in more severe deformity is associated with higher risk and less satisfactory results and slower return to function.

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