Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-024300 Date: 2017 to 2019
PI: João L. Vilaça
Deformational plagiocephaly (DP) is characterized by an asymmetrical distortion of the infant’s skull, typically caused by postnatal positioning or prenatal restrictions. The current options to treat this condition are head repositioning at rest, or application of physical and orthotic therapies. The latter is the one that showed superior improvement of DP, but still presents complications, like soft tissue injury over pressure points, hair loss, infant’s potential discomfort and poor fitting. The aim of this project is to develop a new framework to produce personalized cranial orthosis for DP correction. Based on the 3D model of the infant’s head, this framework will automatically design the best fitting cranial orthosis. Additionally, the cranial orthosis will have an embedded system for continuous monitoring of the DP treatment. Overall, such solution has the potential to avoid the complications of current therapies and improve the final aesthetic result.