STARscanner, STARband Cranial Helmets Making a Difference in the Lives of Children

Somis twin experiences dramatic success through treatment



27 Feb, 2008, 00:00 ET from Orthomerica

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Twins Elle and Jase
 Anger had a rough start. The duo was delivered prematurely at 32 weeks,
 then spent seven weeks in NICU before going home. Even then, Elle's
 challenges were far from over. Due to a cramped position in the womb, Elle
 developed deformational plagiocephaly, or flattening of the skull.
 
     While this condition can improve without intervention, pediatricians
 often refer patients to a practitioner specializing in cranial remolding
 orthoses, plastic and foam helmets used to gently reshape a baby's head.
 
     Treatment is most effective if begun at four to six months of age, as
 very minimal correction is possible beyond 18 months of age.
 
     "Elle's initial insurance request was denied, delaying her treatment
 for two months," said Sharadi Nobbe, RN, BSN, Cranial/Medical services
 coordinator at Nobbe Orthopedics. "But after four months of treatment, we
 experienced optimal results."
 
     Nobbe evaluated Elle at nine months and fitted her with Orthomerica's
 custom STARband cranial helmet. The helmet interior is modified every two
 to three weeks to accomodate growth.
 
     "I didn't want Elle to wear a helmet, but she didn't mind it at all,
 and the time just flew by," said Jaeme Anger, the twin's mother. "We had a
 good experience and are thrilled with the results."
 
     Nobbe's clinic uses the Orthomerica STARscanner system, a revolutionary
 eye-safe laser system that scans a child's head in under two seconds.
 Providing detailed measurements, it is faster and neater than plaster
 casting formerly used to obtain the same information. Measurements can be
 quickly and easily obtained before, during and after treatment to ensure
 the best possible fit for cranial remolding orthoses.
 
     About Nobbe Orthopedics
 
     Nobbe Orthopedics specializes in the design, fitting and manufacture of
 custom orthotic and prosthetic devices and has two locations in Santa
 Barbara County. For more information, please visit www.nobbeorthopedics.com
 or call 805.687.7508
 
     About STARband
 
     STARband is custom-made based on a baby's unique head measurements
 taken through plaster casting or Orthomerica's STARscanner. The headband is
 worn 23 hours a day, channeling head growth by applying constant, gentle
 pressure on protruding areas while leaving room for growth in depressed
 ones. The interior is modified often to account for changes. Head shape
 problems are not life threatening and are correctable if treated by 18
 months of age. Lack of treatment can lead to developmental delays, visual
 impairment and misaligned ears, eyes and jaw.
 
     About STARscanner
 
     Following diagnosis, treatment begins by taking measurements, formerly
 accomplished through plaster casting of the head -- a 15-30 minute
 traumatic, messy process. Orthomerica's STARscanner uses non-contact laser
 scanning technology to obtain precise measurements in 1.5 seconds and
 capture 3-D measurements accurate within 0.5 mm. Treatment is most
 effective when measurements are accurate and submitted promptly, enabling
 the headband to be made and worn before head shape changes further. For
 more information visit www.orthomerica.com
 
 
 

SOURCE Orthomerica
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Twins Elle and Jase
 Anger had a rough start. The duo was delivered prematurely at 32 weeks,
 then spent seven weeks in NICU before going home. Even then, Elle's
 challenges were far from over. Due to a cramped position in the womb, Elle
 developed deformational plagiocephaly, or flattening of the skull.
 
     While this condition can improve without intervention, pediatricians
 often refer patients to a practitioner specializing in cranial remolding
 orthoses, plastic and foam helmets used to gently reshape a baby's head.
 
     Treatment is most effective if begun at four to six months of age, as
 very minimal correction is possible beyond 18 months of age.
 
     "Elle's initial insurance request was denied, delaying her treatment
 for two months," said Sharadi Nobbe, RN, BSN, Cranial/Medical services
 coordinator at Nobbe Orthopedics. "But after four months of treatment, we
 experienced optimal results."
 
     Nobbe evaluated Elle at nine months and fitted her with Orthomerica's
 custom STARband cranial helmet. The helmet interior is modified every two
 to three weeks to accomodate growth.
 
     "I didn't want Elle to wear a helmet, but she didn't mind it at all,
 and the time just flew by," said Jaeme Anger, the twin's mother. "We had a
 good experience and are thrilled with the results."
 
     Nobbe's clinic uses the Orthomerica STARscanner system, a revolutionary
 eye-safe laser system that scans a child's head in under two seconds.
 Providing detailed measurements, it is faster and neater than plaster
 casting formerly used to obtain the same information. Measurements can be
 quickly and easily obtained before, during and after treatment to ensure
 the best possible fit for cranial remolding orthoses.
 
     About Nobbe Orthopedics
 
     Nobbe Orthopedics specializes in the design, fitting and manufacture of
 custom orthotic and prosthetic devices and has two locations in Santa
 Barbara County. For more information, please visit www.nobbeorthopedics.com
 or call 805.687.7508
 
     About STARband
 
     STARband is custom-made based on a baby's unique head measurements
 taken through plaster casting or Orthomerica's STARscanner. The headband is
 worn 23 hours a day, channeling head growth by applying constant, gentle
 pressure on protruding areas while leaving room for growth in depressed
 ones. The interior is modified often to account for changes. Head shape
 problems are not life threatening and are correctable if treated by 18
 months of age. Lack of treatment can lead to developmental delays, visual
 impairment and misaligned ears, eyes and jaw.
 
     About STARscanner
 
     Following diagnosis, treatment begins by taking measurements, formerly
 accomplished through plaster casting of the head -- a 15-30 minute
 traumatic, messy process. Orthomerica's STARscanner uses non-contact laser
 scanning technology to obtain precise measurements in 1.5 seconds and
 capture 3-D measurements accurate within 0.5 mm. Treatment is most
 effective when measurements are accurate and submitted promptly, enabling
 the headband to be made and worn before head shape changes further. For
 more information visit www.orthomerica.com
 
 
 SOURCE Orthomerica