Valencia (EFE). The spine of the hospital Polytechnic and University Vera from Valencia developed an “innovative method” for monitoring deformity in children and diagnosing adolescent idiopathic scoliosis without using X-rays.
The system uses conventional ultrasound and a “smartphone” with an application and, using transverse processes as a reference, you can find out the magnitude of the deformation “with minimal cost and without special devices,“ software ”or ionizing radiation”, has reported Generalitat in a statement.
According to experts, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a deformity of the spine, which progresses with time and, when it reaches a certain size, requires surgical treatment.
If you do not intervene, there may be changes in development, heart function, lung function, etc., Therefore, "it is necessary to perform x-rays every six months."
When working with children, it has been shown that such a frequency of using radiography increases the risk of developing breast cancer in adulthood, in addition to other health problems.
Currently, diagnostics and monitoring are performed using 30×90 radiographs in a standing position, and there are other complex devices that use ultrasound, "but their high price makes them useless in actual practice."
The system developed in La-Fe is “the first one that can control deformation using only ordinary ultrasound and a telephone, which makes all monitoring without ionizing radiation available to specialists.”
The method is used experimentally, and for this it is still necessary to increase the number of centers in order to safely verify its use, "but in studies conducted so far, the method is reproducible and very effective," according to sources
It is specifically designed for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and has been shown to be effective in patients aged 8 to 20 years who have been diagnosed with this type of scoliosis and who do not meet the surgical criteria, which is repeated in most of these cases.
Over 500,000 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
Comunitat Valenciana has more than 500,000 adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis between the ages of 9 and 20, resulting in a prevalence of about 5%.
Using this data, researchers estimate that more than 2,000 pediatric patients per year could benefit from the subsequent use of this technique.
The method developed by the doctor Joan ferras got the first prize Whitecloud Award Main scientific papers,
It deals with the awards provided in the basic research section. Scientific Society of Scoliosis in the field of research on diagnostics, molecular methods and new technologies.
For the first time, the Spanish group receives this award from Scientific Society of ScoliosisThis is one of the most prestigious spinal pathology societies in the world during the IMAST International Congress, held in Los Angeles, where La Fe's offer competed with hospitals in more than 15 countries.