This technology, sold by VibeDx, employs a small probe to apply gentle vibrations to the skin of the lower back. The transmitted energy is then measured at various points along the spinal column by sensors. That information allows the type, severity and location of a spinal problem to be determined.
For their study, the researchers examined twins with similar spines (verified by MRI), comparing them to others whose backs differed due to injury or disease in one of the twins. The findings showed that sensor readings in the first group were similar, while the readings diverged in the twins with different spines.
The technique could serve as a new tool for understanding the source of lumbar spine problems. According to Dr. Greg Kawchuk, Chief Scientific Officer at VibeDx, 80% of the world’s population experiences back pain.
Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.