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Understanding how your patient has grown in the past and how
your patient will be growing in the future provides the clinician
with the means to more rationally diagnose and treatment plan.
There is no good reason to initiate a form of mechanics that is not
timed properly to take advantage of the patient's developmental
profile. For example, what is the value of initiating head-gear
treatment on someone who will not be expressing enough mandibular
When you send your patient's hand-wrist x-ray and optionally
the cephalometric x-ray, GrowthTek will return to you a
customized report that demonstrates the developmental profile
that is unique to your patient. With this information, you will
be able to diagnose and treatment plan in a more rational manner.
Treatment will be more optimally timed, thereby providing the
patient with a better treatment result in what is usually a shorter
time period. Timing treatment in this manner almost always
decreases the cost of providing your services.
GrowthTek evaluates your patient's hand-wrist x-ray in order
to identify the appropriate skeletal maturity indicator ( SMI )
that represents the developmental stage of maturation. This
information is subsequently compared relative to the chronologic
age of your patient to establish the maturational level of your
patient ( advanced vs. average vs. delayed ). The combination
of these two basic factors establishes the maturational age of
your patient. This data is then related to your patient's gender
and racial characteristics. With this information, the unique
maturational profile of your patient can be established and
subsequently related to estimations of future timing of growth,
incremental growth patterns and estimations of future growth
If you wish to also have knowledge of estimated specific amounts
of incremental downward and forward growth for the maxilla
and the mandible, please also send GrowthTek the patient's
cephalometric x-ray. This is optional but GrowthTek will compute
this information at no additional cost.
Note: Please refer to the other questions in this 'Clinical Applications'
section of this web site for specific clinical information regarding
maturational timing of treatment. Also refer to the 'Background
Information' section of this web site for additional information.
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