Saturday, February 13, 2010

Inventor of hip ultrasound visits Bambino Gesu Hospital for two-day study session

VATICAN - Walking difficulties among young children: 

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – On February 12-13, at the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, the Austrian orthopedic Reinhard Graf, inventor of the ultrasonic method for the study of the femoral area in infants, will make his first visit to Rome to conduct a course on theoretical and practical ultrasound diagnosis of dislocation of the hip. The meeting is open to all health workers in the industry and brings together experts in orthopedics, pediatricians, and radiologists to receive detailed information on carrying out the procedure, and then reading and interpreting the ultrasound exam. Congenital hip dislocation prevalent among females, affects 1-1.4 per thousand of children born, and if poorly treated or left untreated, is the leading cause of serious defects and delays in walking among children, with a fairly reduced chance of possible full recovery. Hence, the importance of a correct diagnosis, accurate and early, now possible thanks to technology developed by Reinhard Graf in the 80s and used throughout the world. Ultrasound study of disease has changed over the past 20 years and has helped to dramatically reduce the number of dislocated hips among children, as well. Performed within the child's first two months, the ultrasound therapy is non-aggressive, short-term, and ensures complete recovery. (AP) 

(Agenzia Fides 13/2/2010)