SPINE digital analysis

Formetric 3D/4D measurement technology system.

The 3D/4D measurement system called Formetric is a specialized device used for fast and non-invasive measurement, ideal for both static and dynamic assessment of the spinal column and back surface. The Formetric allows measurement of the spinal surface and shapes, including functional parameters, both in 3D and 4D, enabling the visualization of spinal reconstruction.

Objective clinical parameters, descriptions of scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, vertebral rotation, and other significant metrics are calculated with a high level of accuracy. These measurements can be utilized in diagnosis, screenings for the younger population, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, or other clinical applications.

The latest 4Dstrong technology provides operators the ability to analyze and document back surface movements and spinal mobility by capturing short videos or sequences of scans.

The Formetric system analyzes the surface in a sophisticated and automatic way, without any markers or manual intervention on the vertebrae.

Anatomic limitations and data on vertebral position and rotation are automatically detected, utilizing high-definition surface scanning data and scientific anatomical and pathological models for reconstruction.

The result is a visualization of the complete shape model along with all the actual measurement data related to the examined spinal column and pelvis.

The variation between different static X-ray exams or 3D measurements is significant.

With the new 4D technology, it is possible to conduct multiple sequential exams, avoiding spontaneous postural oscillations of the patient, simply by performing a series of automatic scans that the software will process, averaging the acquisitions and enhancing the quality of clinical results.

The ongoing body movements (volumetric measurements) can be recorded and analyzed using 4D technology.

Typical applications include lateral bending tests, examinations on a stepper, or on a treadmill.

Additional clinical applications will be possible in the near future.

Scoliosis continues to be an increasingly common deformity in the young population, and statistically, about 80% of cases are idiopathic, meaning they occur without a specific known etiopathogenic cause.

Up to now, diagnostic options for postural abnormalities affecting the spine were primarily dependent on full-spine radiography taken ‘under load’. The potential pathological effects of X-rays have, however, always delayed the onset of diagnostic investigations to the oldest possible age (12-14 years).

An innovative device, the Formetric II, based on three-dimensional scanning of the spinal column and back achieved through the projection of a halogen light beam, now allows for precise examination and subsequent close monitoring of all potential spinal deformities, without any risk to the young patient.