Harry J. Lawall & Son, Inc., headquartered in Philadelphia, has recently acquired a new STARscanner™ laser data acquisition system that greatly improves the orthotic treatment of cranial asymmetry among infants.
After a clincial report titled “The Prevention and Management of Positional Skull Deformities in Infant
s” was released last July by the American Academy of Pediatrics, awareness of cranial
asymmetry has greatly increased among parents and health
care providers. The report outlines clinical management of positional plagiocephaly including the cranial remolding orthoses like those fitted at Lawall.
The STARscanner™ utilizes Type I lasers (eye-safe lasers) to scan the exact three-dimensional shape an
d size of the infant’s head. This highly accurate data is then used to fabricate a custom cranial remolding orthoses. Prior to this type of laser scanning technology being available, a casting process was required that was messy, took a relatively long time, and in some cases was traumatic for the infant and the parents. However, using the STARscanner™ Lawall orthotists are able to complete the entire scanning process in less than two seconds!
“This technology makes all of the difference when we are fitting an infant for a cranial orthosis,” said Jack Lawall, one of the certified orthotists on staff at Lawall. “I remember how traumatic it was to cast the infants, the child would scream and the parents would cry. With this technology, it’s quick and easy.”
In addition, Lawall is now able to compare and track the patient’s progress throughout the treatment process. The STARscanner’s™ comparison utility software can record and provide detailed summary reports for use by the referring physician, the insurance company involved, and the infant’s parents to illustrate positive clinical outcomes.
“Since we’ve been using the new equipment we have the cut the delivery time in half,” said Lawall. “I am especially impressed by the detailed measurements and the graphical reports it can generate to track outcomes.”
After the manufacturing process is completed, the entire treatment process generally takes three to four months, but varies depending on the infant’s age and severity of cranial asymmetry.