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Dynamic spinal visualization is a general term addressing several imaging technologies including digital motion x-ray, dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and videofluoroscopy. These allow the simultaneous visualization of movement of internal body structures, such as the spine (vertebrae), with corresponding external body movement. Results of this technique can be displayed on a video monitor as a procedure is being conducted; results can also be recorded to allow computer analysis or evaluation at a later time.
Vertebral motion analysis systems provide assisted bending with fluoroscopic imaging and computerized analysis. The device uses facial recognition software to track vertebral bodies across the images. In 2012, the KineGraph VMA™ (Vertebral Motion Analyzer) was cleared for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration through the 510(k) process. The system includes a Motion Normalizer™ for patient positioning, standard fluoroscopic imaging, and automated image recognition software.
I. Dynamic spinal visualization by any method is considered EXPERIMENTAL/INVESTIGATIVE for all indications due to the lack of clinical evidence demonstrating an impact on improved health outcomes.
II. Vertebral motion analysis by any method is considered EXPERIMENTAL/INVESTIGATIVE for all indications due to the lack of clinical evidence demonstrating an impact on improved health outcomes.
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