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.