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STARscanner, STARband Cranial Helmets Making a Difference in the Lives of Children
Date:5/21/2009

Morris Plains infant benefits from cutting-edge treatment

MORRISTOWN, N.J., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- When Grace Helmer of Morris Plains was four months old, her parents discovered her head was becoming very flat on one side. When the problem hadn't corrected by Grace's six-month checkup, her pediatrician referred Grace to a neurosurgeon who diagnosed her with plagiocephaly.

Plagiocephaly can develop as a result of babies resting for prolonged periods in one position in an infant carrier or crib. It can also be acquired as a result of crowding intra utero or in twins or multiple births.

Stuart Weiner, CPO, a specialist at Cranial Remolding Center evaluated Grace and fit her with Orthomerica's STARband cranial helmet, a custom fabricated helmet made from plastic and foam from Grace's unique head shape measurements. The helmet is worn 23 hours per day for several months, channeling head growth by applying gentle pressure on protruding areas while leaving room for growth in depressed areas.

"I can't imagine the consequences of not seeking treatment," said Grace's mother, Nicki Helmer. "It corrects the shape of your child's head and helps prevent them from having vision and jaw problems. It was well worth it, and her head shape is beautiful now!"

Cranial Remolding Center uses the STARscanner, a revolutionary Class 1 eye-safe laser system that allows a child's head to be scanned in less than two seconds. Providing detailed measurements, the scanner system is faster and cleaner than plaster casting formerly used to obtain the same information. STARscanner measurements can be easily obtained before, during and after treatment to ensure the best helmet fit and optimal outcomes.

"This conservative form of treatment often eliminates the necessity of more extreme intervention," Weiner said. "The use of this scanner provides an exact helmet fit and the data reveals to physicians and reimbursement sources just how well cranial remodeling is progressing."

About Cranial Remolding Center

The Cranial Remolding Center offers patients unprecedented support and expertise with a staff of skilled technicians and orthotists. With patient care facilities in New York and New Jersey, Cranial Remolding Center treats each patient as a unique individual whose potential for function and mobility can be improved through skilled care, advanced technology, and innovative solutions. Visit www.artificialimbs.com or call 1-800-316-8330 for more information.

About STARband(TM)

The STARband is a custom-fabricated cranial remolding orthosis manufactured by Orthomerica Products, Inc. It can be fabricated from a 3-D head shape data, such as a scan from a STARscanner(TM) System or by taking a plaster impression. The headband is worn 23 hours a day, channeling head growth by applying constant, gentle contact on protruding areas while leaving room for growth in depressed ones. The interior is modified as needed to allow for more growth potential. Head shape problems are not life threatening and are correctable if treated by 18 months of age. The STARband is the most prescribed cranial remolding orthosis in the world, with over 50,000 babies benefiting from STARband treatment since 2001.

About STARscanner(TM)

Following diagnosis, treatment formerly began by a plaster casting of the head - a 15-30 minute procedure and sometimes a messy and traumatic, process. Orthomerica's STARscanner uses safe, non-contact laser scanning technology to obtain precise measurements in less than two seconds and captures 3-D head shape data, accurately within 0.5 mm. Treatment is most effective when measurements are accurate and submitted promptly, enabling the helmet to be manufactured and fit in a timely period before the head shape changes further. For more information visit www.orthomerica.com


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