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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
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