The Orthoscan system eliminates the need for the frequent routine X-ray examinations which have been part of the treatment of spinal deformities until now.Children with spinal deformities will be spared repeated risky exposure to radiation, thanks to a new device developed by Orthoscan Technologies, an Israeli company based in Yokneam.

Orthoscan has developed a radiation-free X-ray method for diagnosing and treating spinal deformities.

The new imaging system delivers all of the benefits of X-rays without the radiation. According to OrthoScan CEO David Ben-Ami, this is an important development for children and other patients with scoliosis and related problems who must undergo up to 20 to 30 X-rays over a short period of time as part of their treatment. These multiple doses of radiation can significantly boost cancer risks in patients of all ages.

“Repeated x-ray exposure has been linked to increased risk of breast, bone and thyroid cancer,” said Gideon Sturlesi, Chief Executive Officer of OrthoScan.

Ortelius800 has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has received the European CE certification. Fourteen systems have already been installed in US and European clinics and hospitals. OrthoScan currently employs over 20 employees: predominantly of scientists and engineers.

Ortelius800 uses a unique fingertip sensor that is worn while palpating the vertebrae. A real time display of the recorded data is presented on the Ortelius800 screen. Upon completion of the examination, the system instantaneously creates a graphical reconstruction of the spine, displaying the calculated Cobb angle of deformity, leg length discrepancy and trunk imbalance. The new system eliminates the need for the frequent routine X-ray examinations which have been part of the treatment of such ailments until now.

The device offers multiple capabilities for orthopedists, pediatricians, chiropractors, physical therapists and orthotists. With only minimal training, the new system can be operated by nurses or physician assistants.

The database of Ortelius800 compiles a patient log and provides user-friendly tools for monitoring patient status, including deformity progression graphs. Body balance, which is assessed by recording specific body landmarks, may be used to aid clinical decision-making as well as pre- and post-operative assessment.