Spinal Scan Information
Using DIERS Formetric measuring technology
We at Feet and Spine are dedicated to bringing you the most up to date and scientific analyses of your body’s musculoskeletal function.
To help us do this we use the DIERS Formetric 4D analysis system which produces in-depth static and dynamic optical measurements of your back and spine. The procedure is quick, radiation-free and works without contact. By using this, we can generate a dynamic picture of your body as it is static and as it functions to help us diagnose all forms of spinal anomalies which may contribute to back and joint pain, symptoms of arthritis, instability and many more we can also use this data if you suffer from scoliosis or osteoporosis and find solutions to help you.
The new 4D technology has increased precision of measurement significantly, so we can now, more than ever before gain a clearer image of your spine and how it works.
The formetric system has been in development for more than 25 years at some of Europe’s leading universities and is one of the most precise light scanner systems. Its development began first with the aim of reducing the need for x-rays in patients being monitored for scoliosis and can now be considered a replacement for x-rays for diagnosing some functional limitations of the spine.
Please have a look at the Diers website for more information.
How it works:
Make an appointment for a Spine Scan (Rasterstereogram). Please note this is not a MRI or a CT scan. The components of the Rasterstereogram are a treadmill, a computer and a camera. .
Step 1. You must remove clothing from your torso (so your back is exposed) and from your legs. Examination gowns which cover your front will be provided.
Step2. Infra-red stickers will be placed onto your neck and the base of your spine.
Step 3. Step onto the treadmill and begin walking at your normal walking speed while the scanner takes moving images of your spine, including posture and gait. It will only take 10 seconds.
A line grid is projected onto the back of the patient which is recorded by a camera unit. A computer software analyzes the line curvature and generates from it a three-dimensional model of the surface, comparable to a plaster cast.
DIERS formetric also delivers a 3D reconstruction of the spine. By the automatic detection of anatomical landmarks and a scientific Correlation Model, describing the relationship between surface curvature and the position of vertebrae underneath, it’s possible to reconstruct spine curvature and pelvic position.
The DIERS formetric provides comprehensive information about the whole body in only one measuring process, including spine curvature from all angles, vertebral rotation, and pelvic position. Even muscular imbalances can be detected based on the curvature image of the back surface.