Child with magnetic spinal rods holds toy at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Jan 08, 2015 / Scoliosis & Spine

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Leads the Way With Magnetic Spinal Rod System

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children physicians recently performed the hospital’s first noninvasive adjustment of an implanted spinal rod system using groundbreaking magnetic technology. This system is designed to minimize the progression of specific cases of early-onset scoliosis. This revolutionary device is called MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) System®, distributed by Ellipse Technologies, Inc.

The FDA cleared the system for commercial use earlier this year. It is composed of an implantable rod and an External Remote Controller (ERC). After the MAGEC rod has been implanted, a physician simply places a “MAGEC wand,” or locator, over the patient’s spine. The wand locates the magnet on the implanted rod and allows the physician to make a noninvasive adjustment. An X-ray or ultrasound of the spine is then used to confirm the procedure’s success.

Thus, adjustments that once required a patient to undergo anesthesia, surgery and recovery are now performed in the clinic in a matter of minutes.

The frequency of such sessions is customized to meet the needs of each patient until the desired result is achieved. Scottish Rite Hospital is excited to be at the forefront of institutions in the U.S. providing patients with this revolutionary, nonsurgical adjustment technology.

**This article was featured in the 2014 Rite Up Volume 3 Magazine. Read more from the magazine online

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