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News Friday, March 24, 2017

Addison benefits from head shape clinic

When Addison (Addi) Joyce was born, she had several medical issues that needed immediate attention, including torticollis – a condition that pulls a child’s neck to one side, causing a flat head shape.

Addison's head scan“We weren’t sure where to turn for care,” said her mother Rebekah, “but we heard that Shriners Hospitals has an entire plastics team that handles craniofacial and head issues.”

The Joyces scheduled an appointment for the Chicago Shriners Hospital head shape clinic. Plastic surgeon Clark Schierle, M.D., Ph.D., recommended a custom molded headband or helmet.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children team uses advanced equipment to diagnose and treat head shape irregularities. The STARscanner™ uses laser technology to scan a baby’s head in less than two seconds, much faster than the traditional plaster cast method, and captures accurate 3-D head shape data.

A STARband® cranial remolding orthosis (a band or helmet) is created with the STARscanner data. The STARband is custom-made with full correction, which means fewer follow-up visits are needed. One helmet will usually last throughout the entire treatment.

Addison wore her helmet for five months and is now just over a year old. “After just a few months we saw great improvement in Addi’s head shape,” said Rebekah. “A scan report we were shown from STARscanner shows the improvement in the flat shape on one side of the back of her head. We were so pleased.”

Learn more about plastic surgery and other specialty care available at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago.