Diagnosis of Plagiocephaly
Get fast, free help with our flat head diagnosis form or set up a free flat head consultation, our clinician will record all relevant history relating to your baby’s birth and any ongoing medical problems. Your baby’s head shape will be visually assessed and then measured using callipers. If you decide to proceed with treatment, our clinician will then take 3D images of your baby’s head using a cranial scanner. Both the Rodin M4D and the Artec MH 3D scanners used in our clinics are completely baby safe.
The LOC clinician will take two measurements: to establish the cephalic index and the level of cranial vault asymmetry. The cephalic index describes the relationship between the cranial width and length. Normally, the cranial width is 78-89% of the length, and anything outside this range can be considered to be abnormal. The cranial vault asymmetry measures the difference between two linear measurements of the skull. Anything greater than 6mm of difference indicates some degree of plagiocephaly.
These cranial measurements provide an objective assessment of the severity of the condition and a benchmark for measuring the improvements achieved by cranial remoulding therapy with the LOCband. At the end of treatment, a ‘discharge’ measurement is taken, which provides parents (and any referring health professional) with a before and after record of the baby’s head measurements.