ScoliScan Radiation-Free Scanning FAQs – Part 2
What are the benefits of ScoliScan?
- Radiation-free method
- Immediate measurement results
- Can be repeated as often as desired
- Immediate recommendation of therapeutic options
- New measurement method with expanded information
What are the risks?
None. There are no risks whatsoever from the scan. The patient does not come into contact with the scanner, there is no radiation involved, and the light projected on the patient’s back is as harmless as light from a regular camera flash. The scan also takes mere seconds, and therefore is more comfortable than receiving x-rays or other diagnostic exams. The scans can also be performed as many times as desired by the physician since there are zero risks.
Who should be getting a scan?
Any patients with the following conditions can receive a diagnostic or follow-up scan:
- Scoliotic malpositions
- Pelvic positions
- Kyphosis /lordosis
- Differences in leg length
- Foot malpositions
There are no patients that would be excluded from receiving a scan as there are no risks whatsoever to receiving a scan. These are merely the patients that would benefit most from the information that the scan provides.
Will I still need to get x-rays?
Yes. All orthopaedic surgeons require x-rays as a standard of care for patients with a diagnosed spinal deformity. However, if a scan is taken at the same time as the initial x-rays, Dr. Lonner can compare these methods of assessment and potentially have his patients only receive scans on their follow-up visits. Patients with scoliosis already receive very little radiation, and much less radiation than patients receiving other types of x-rays, therefore we still require that patients take an initial x-ray and any other x-rays as determined necessary by Dr. Lonner. The scan cannot completely replace x-rays, however it can add to our clinical assessment tools and could replace some or most of the x-rays required for the patient over the course of their treatment.
How do I make an appointment for my scan or request a scan at my next visit?
Please call our office at 212-986-0140 to make an appointment today and let us know that you are interested in our radiation-free scoliosis scan.