Ortho Kinematics out of Austin, Texas won European CE Mark approval to introduce its Vertebral Motion Analysis “VMA” system. The system is used along with a standard C-arm fluoroscope to image the spine and to evaluate any potential spinal instability.The patient is put through a standard spine bend as the machine makes sure the motion is focused on the spine and not the hips. Additionally, the company is reporting that the system seems to help some patients overcome fear of pain of conducting a full bend. This can lead to considerably improved assessment of the spine to detect any slipped disks.
The data from the C-arm are sent over to the online cloud where it is analyzed and relevant aspects are measured. Moreover, a video is created that can be replayed to see how the spine actually moves. The test takes about twenty minutes to perform and the results are produced the same day and can be viewed on a computer or a mobile device.
From Ortho Kinematics:
Today’s current test for assessing spinal radiographic instability is ordered over 5 million times per year in the US, largely by spine surgeons, because it provides diagnostic data that is necessary for many patients being considered for potential spine surgery. The VMA has been shown in peer-reviewed studies to increase the sensitivity in detecting radiographic instability with no decrease in specificity relative to today’s current standard test. It has also been shown to be more accurate, repeatable, and result in a lower dose of radiation.
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