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Medtronic provides free scoliosis screening kits

8th October 2008

Medtronic has announced a partnership with the Scoliosis Research Society to provide free screening kits to school nurses.

Under the programme, 13,000 of the kits will be distributed in a spine check initiative to encourage screenings in school students.

Medtronic said it is supporting this scheme to improve the overall spinal health of students.

It added its commitment to research and education in spinal deformities means it hopes to generate awareness of the condition and empower schools to perform screenings.

The firm is also offering related content to surgeons and other healthcare workers to boost community education of the condition.

Lawrence Lenke, Jerome J Gilden Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and professor of neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine, said: “The purpose of school screening is to detect scoliosis at an early stage when the curve is mild and may even go unnoticed.”

He added as children grow up, parents will have fewer opportunities to check their child’s back and notice any chance in the curvature of their spine.

Last month, Medtronic announced the launch of its second-generation Discyphor Direct catheter system for the diagnosis of discogenic low back pain.

The device offers doctors additional information to identify which disc is the cause of pain in patients.

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