THE STARSCANNER USES IMAGE SCANNING TECHNOLOGY RATHER THAN USING THE TRADITIONAL METHOD OF TAKING A CAST MEASUREMENT. THE STARSCANNER 3D DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM ENABLES THE TECHNICIAN TO SPECIFICALLY MEASURE A BABY’S HEAD IN ONLY 2 SECONDS. THE SMARTSOC IS ALSO A DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM THAT USES A SMARTPHONE WITH IMAGE CAPTURING TECHNOLOGY TO SCAN A BABY’S HEAD WITHIN 2 OR 3 MINUTES. THIS SYSTEM IS DESIGNED SOLELY FOR ORTHOMERICA.
The STARscanner is particularly preferred in research both for its accurate scan quality and its accurate and detailed comparison reporting capability. The effectiveness of the STARband helmet and treatment are monitored by the STARscanner.
The STARscanner 3D data acquisition system acquires detailed head shape information in 3D with a precision of 0.5%. The SmartSoc system captures data with a precision of 0.1%. According to these measurements, STARband Cranial Remolding Orthoses are custom-made for infants by Orthomerica. Like the STARband helmets, both data acquisition systems are approved by the FDA. Moreover, both scan systems present comprehensive images in many angles with their custom-designed software. Through these systems, it is possible to monitor the development of helmet treatment from the beginning to the end.
The STARscanner data comparison utiliy is a reporting and evaluation program that provides a detailed comparison of the measurements taken by the 3D data acquisition system.
It is a superior system used by craniofacial specialists in surgeries and various research. The SmartSoc is also a data benchmark report like the STARscanner. With the scanner, your baby's head measurements are taken at regular intervals. The initial deformation can be compared with current improvement at any time during the treatment.
Most importantly, the measurements taken by the system and the comparative report are shared with you and your doctor.
In this way, you can have access to meaningful information about your baby’s condition. The CRANIAL technician uses data in the comparison report to inform you about the type of deformity, its severity, the degree of progress toward correction, and the goals of treatment.
The STARscanner and the SmartSoc 3D scanning systems are essential tools to guarantee the effectiveness of the STARband helmet treatment program. Trusted the world over, these scanning systems obtain high quality detailed images which are used to measure the effectiveness of the helmet therapy both during and after treatment.
In addition to the STARscanner’s superior scanning quality, detailed 3D measurements, and ability to obtain images in seconds comfortably and safely, there is another advantage. The STARscanner is also used to collect and evaluate patient data. Moreover, the STARscanner provides an objective and accurate evaluation of the severity of the deformity. At the same time, the STARscanner allows the cranial specialist, parents, and the referring physician to compare changes both numerically and visually. This way the progress of correction is monitored and compared periodically. Indeed, the effectiveness of the STARband helmet treatment is shown to all parties as proof without any doubt.
One of the reasons that both the STARscanner and the SmartSoc are FDA-approved is they do not emit any harmful rays. Both obtain 3D images of the surface of the head without penetrating the skin. These systems are even used to diagnose and monitor patients with suspected craniosynostosis. Through frequent scans, the growth of the skull can be compared proportionally and symmetrically. In addition, cranial anatomical measurements can be taken, such as volume and length. Facial asymmetry can be measured as well, such as the eyes and ears. In this way, the patient can be evaluated according to the growth and development of the suture areas without any need for tomography or MRI. More information is obtained about the patient’s cranial anatomy using the STARscanner and the SmartSoc systems, both frequently and comparatively, without exposing the baby to radiation with a sole image taken before surgery with CT (tomography) and/or MRI. When an infant requires surgery for craniosynostosis, an image needs to be taken with CT (tomography) and/or MRI before the surgery. After the surgery, images taken with the STARscanner and the SmartSoc 3D imaging systems help surgeons to monitor the symmetry and over all progress of the infant’s skull.
J Craniofac Surg 2021;32: 2763–2767
Consistency of Cranial Shape Measures Obtained From Laser Surface and Computed Tomography Imaging
Leslie A. Shock, MD, Sean Greer, MS,y Lucy D. Sheahan, BS, Arshad R. Muzaffar, MD,and Kristina Aldridge, PhD
Objective: Children with cranial shape abnormalities are often subjected to radiation from computed tomography (CT) for evaluation and clinical decision making. The STARscanner Laser Data Acquisition System (Orthomerica, Orlando, FL) may be a noninvasive alternate. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the STARscanner provides valid and accurate cranial measurements compared to CT.
Conclusions: Cranial shape measurements obtained from STARscanner images are highly consistent with those obtained from CT scans. The STARscanner has added benefits of speed of acquisition, minimal cost, and lack of radiation.