Practical Applications for Orthopedics and Neurological Conditions
Special Guest Speaker: George Malcolmson, MD speaking on Vertebral Motion Analysis
Series Dates: Thursday, February 4 - Saturday, March 12 - Thursday, April 14 - Saturday, May 7
CEU 6.5 credits per module
COST • $179/module for DCs,
$149/module for WSCA DC members
$128/module for LMPs
TIME 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center
17620 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188
George Malcolmson, MD
After completing his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University, George Malcolmson joined Dr. Manohar Panjabi in his Biomechanics Lab to study the effects of motion preserving devices on the lumbar spine. In addition to the academic studies, he also worked closely with Dr. Panjabi to develop his posterior dynamic stabilization implant, the Stabilimax NZ. Later he went on to work for Applied Spine Technologies, where he was an integral part of the R&D team that took the Stabilimax NZ to market. He earned his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he focused his electives on spine surgery and research. His pursuit took him to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City for a Spine Research Fellowship with Dr. Daniel Green, and Boston, MA where he worked in the Anticipatory Medical Devices Group at the Hansjorg Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Recently he has worked at Alphatec Spine in Carlsbad, CA, where he led a team to develop their next generation of interbody implants. He now has joined Ortho Kinematics as Chief Scientist and lives in Austin, TX.
Ortho Kinematics – Vertebral Motion Analysis
The Ortho Kinematics Vertebral Motion Analysis (VMA) system is an FDA cleared functional spinal diagnostic modality for the assessment of inter-vertebral motion, instability, and spinal alignment. The VMA incorporates fluoroscopy, patient handling hardware, automated imaging processing software, and cloud based reporting to provide spine care practitioners improved access to diagnostic data. When scientifically comparing the VMA to a standard radiographic Flexion/Extension (FE) series; peer reviewed scientific publications report that the use of the VMA results in higher repeatability, reductions in measurement variability, greater diagnostic sensitivity, while exhibiting improved diagnostic efficiencies. These data provide spine care practitioners with a reliable tool for patient selection while improving the treatment decision algorithm. This discussion will provide a VMA technology overview and the biomechanical comparison of the VMA to the standard FE. Additionally, an introduction into the scientific support around the VMA will be discussed. Lastly, the importance of WHY the VMA technology improves the spinal care treatment pathway and HOW the VMA will improve diagnostic based treatment decisions in one’s practice.
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Diagnostic Imaging