Eiffage Energía’s R&D&i department is developing a project for patients suffering from spinal deformities

Eiffage Energía’s R&D+i department is working on a project to develop and validate an ergonomic support system for radiological examinations of the entire spine.

This project is co-financed by the European Union through the Valencian Community Operational Programme 2014-2020 of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the “Consolidation of the business value chain” programme of the Valencian Innovation Agency (VIA).

The correct use of X-ray imaging techniques is essential for the follow-up and management of patients suffering from major spinal deformities. Patients usually suffer from significant mobility problems, which prevent them from standing upright.

The aim is to achieve a high-quality X-ray image

In addition, a significant population group of this type of patients are children with cerebral palsy, with speech and cognitive limitations that increase the complexity of doctor-patient interactions. Furthermore, these types of patients often present spasticity, a side effect of paralysis, causing uncontrollable limb movements.

A radiological study performed in an incorrect position, together with insufficient immobilisation of the patient, may lead to an incorrect diagnosis. This leads to significant harm in healthcare; unnecessary additional irradiation if the image has to be obtained again; as well as higher healthcare costs.

Due to this problem, Eiffage Energía’s project focuses on patients with the conditions described above. The aims are to achieve a high-quality X-ray image; to make it easier for medical staff to perform the radiological test; to guarantee patient safety throughout the test; and to achieve acceptance of use of the support among patients and family members accompanying them.