A Formetric scoliosis scan is used to assess and monitor the curvature of your spine. This is done by isolating numerous anatomical markers of the patient’s back. From a Formetric scan, we’re able to quantitatively measure and record a patient’s body characteristics, posture, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis and many other forms of spinal deformity. The 4D software allows for measures to be taken over a period of time (up to 1 minute) to improve measurement precision. It has been shown to be a useful tool in reviewing the ‘actual state of the patient’ when compared to previous review methods. Furthermore, a Formetric scan does not require any further X-rays and radiation exposure.
The first step for every Scoliosis SOS patient is attending our clinic for an initial consultation
. At the beginning of your consultation, we will go through your medical records, evaluate any symptoms you’re currently experiencing, and ask you about any previous treatments you may have received for your back problems. Next, we will conduct a medical examination and evaluation of your spine and back; this means taking many measurements and performing a formetric scan
of your back.
In a short period of time, the Formetric 4D System can accurately evaluate:
- Weight distribution
- Pelvic position – including torsion, obliquity and anterior/posterior tilt
- Waistline symmetry
- Coronal (head above hips) balance
- Sagittal (side-on) balance, including evaluation of kyphosis and lordosis
- Shoulder levels
- Scapular position
- Neck alignment
Another form of scoliosis scan that we use here at Scoliosis SOS is the Pedoscan. This scan is used for analysis and recording of static and dynamic foot pressures alongside gait analysis. Using precise high-frequency pressure plates, a Pedoscan provides an intricate analysis of the weight distribution and behaviour of the patient’s feet both when standing still and during movement. This scan gives us an insight into how your spinal curve might be affecting your posture and walking habits.
If you wish to book an initial consultation at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, please complete the enquiry form on our Contact Us