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SoftSpot™: The first and only mobile app cleared by the FDA for Cranial Measurements

Reassure parents and make objective assessment with an FDA-cleared tool that can easily be done at home or in the office using a smartphone!

Late detection results in intensive & expensive treatments!

SoftSpot addresses the pressing concern of head shape abnormalities in infants, such as plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, and scaphocephaly. By monitoring and guiding early head shape development, SoftSpot empowers parents to take proactive steps in preventing and treating these common yet overlooked conditions.

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No Special Tools

Highly Effective (~ 77%)

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Expensive (~ $3,000)

 

Prescribed > 4-6 Months

 

Cumbersome (must be worn 23 hours per day - up-to 6 months)

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Use ICD-10-CM Q67.3 (Plagiocephaly) + 99213 E/M code* every time you review a concern!

*(add a modifier 25 if it happens during a well visit)

Overview!

SoftSpot is a mobile app developed by PediaMetrix for monitoring infant head shape development at home. Using image processing, it detects head shape anomalies like plagiocephaly. Parents use the app to take pictures of their baby's head, which the app analyzes for deformities. The associated kit includes caps for improving image accuracy. This tool enables early detection and potential early intervention for head shape irregularities.

Use in-office or have parents take photos from home

Catch cranial deformities early and monitor progress

Less cost for the patient and a better outcome

Create up tp $360/patient extra revenue

Reassure parents about their baby's health

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Experts Review

"SoftSpot™ has revolutionized how we address head shape concerns in my practice, enhancing patient care and engagement. It's not just improved patient care; it's actively engaged families in the monitoring process."

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Dr. Susan Sirota, MD, FAAP

CEO of PediaTrust and a pediatric expert with over 30 years of experience 

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FAQs

  • What is SoftSpot, and how can it help me monitor my baby's head shape?
    SoftSpot is an app that uses your phone's camera to take photos and subsequently generate reports that will track your baby's head shape growth and development. The photos are analyzed to detect any potential asymmetries or flat spots, which can be early signs of plagiocephaly. This information can be valuable for discussing any concerns with your pediatrician and proactively supporting your baby's health.
  • Is SoftSpot compatible with my smartphone?
    Absolutely! SoftSpot is versatile and compatible, designed for both Android and iOS platforms, making it accessible on a wide range of smartphones.
  • Is my data safe with SoftSpot?
    Yes, your data's security and confidentiality are paramount to us. SoftSpot employs robust security protocols and is compliant with HIPAA and other data privacy standards to ensure your baby's information is rigorously protected.
  • How accurate are SoftSpot's head shape measurements?
    SoftSpot analyzes photos using advanced algorithms for precise measurements and asymmetry detection. While It is FDA-cleared and supported by scientific publications, it is designed to complement, not replace, regular pediatric assessments.
  • Can SoftSpot help me detect plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)?
    Yes, SoftSpot can help with early detection of plagiocephaly by allowing you to monitor for potential flat spots or asymmetry through monthly photo uploads. Early identification can lead to more timely and effective interventions. Please note that SoftSpot is intended to be used to calculate and display physical measurements of the head for interpretation by a qualified user in conjunction with other clinical methods.
  • Is SoftSpot suitable for all babies? Is there an age limit?
    SoftSpot is FDA-cleared for infants from one month to 2 years old. It is particularly beneficial for infants up to 6-7 months old, a critical period for head shape development, but remains a valuable tool for monitoring head growth at any age within the cleared range.
  • Is SoftSpot easy for non-tech-savvy parents?
    Yes, SoftSpot is a measurement tool that is designed to be user-friendly for everyone, regardless of technical expertise. The interface is simple and intuitive, guiding you through taking pictures and viewing reports. Clear instructions and support are available to help you navigate the app confidently.
  • How often should I use SoftSpot to monitor my baby's head?
    Consistent monitoring is critical, so using SoftSpot once a month is generally recommended. Your pediatrician might advise different frequencies based on your baby's individual needs.
  • How does the consultation with a physical therapist work, and what can I expect from it?
    At SoftSpot, we offer three tailored consultation sessions with our physical therapists to support your baby's head development journey. Our free consultation guides you through the measurement process and helps you utilize the SoftSpot app effectively. The result review session delves into a detailed analysis of your baby's SoftSpot report, offering insights and recommendations. For continuous support, our follow-up sessions provide ongoing guidance, monitoring progress, and updating techniques as needed. Each session is designed to cater to your specific needs, ensuring you have the right support at every stage of your baby’s development. Schedule your consultation today to ensure the best care and guidance for your baby’s head development.

Educational Content and Assessment


SoftSpot's Team Selected Publications:

  1. Kocabalkanli, C., Liu, M., Aalamifar, F., Linguraru, M.G., Seifabadi, R., 2023, April. Cranial Shape and Head Circumference Measurements using Digital Photography. In Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, 2023

  2. Kocabalkanli, C., Rahmani S., Aalamifar, F., Linguraru, M.G., Seifabadi, R., 2023, April. Differentiating Synostotic vs Non-Synostotic Cranial Conditions from Photographs using Deep Learning: a Retrospective Study. In Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, 2023

  3. Kocabalkanli, C., Fenton, R., Gaetani, S., Aalamifar, F., Linguraru, M.G., Seifabadi, R., 2023, February. Comparing Smartphone and Caliper Measurements of Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly in a Prospective Study. In American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sessions Meeting, 2023.

  4. Kocabalkanli, C., Aalamifar, F., Fenton, R., Gaetani, S., Linguraru, M.G., Seifabadi, R., 2022, March. Measuring deformational plagiocephaly and brachycephaly using a smartphone in a prospective study. In American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 79th Annual Meeting, 2022.

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