4th March, 2019

4D body scanner

Are you experiencing niggling pain in your foot, hip, knee or back? Do you want to improve your running technique or simply prevent future injuries?

We can help. At Schoen Clinic London we have invested in a range of diagnostic equipment which can be used to technically measure your physical well-being and help identify any future or current causes of problems or pain, namely abnormalities in movement be they from the spine, hip, knee or ankle joints. One of these is a 4D scanner, making us one of just a few facilities in the UK to be able to offer whole body scanning to precisely measure and optimise your running technique and gait, posture and foot pressure.

For example pain in your foot might be because your hip is moving out of alignment. The 4D technology increases precision significantly, enabling us to gain a clearer image of your spine than ever before and how it works. The scan is radiation-free and therefore completely safe and painless.


Could I benefit from a 4D scan?

In short, yes. Anyone who wants to improve or protect their mobility regardless of the activities you participate in, your ability level or whether you currently have an injury or not could benefit. For example, if you:

  • are experiencing pain in the arch, heel, hip, knee or back
  • suffer from conditions such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, flat feet
  • suffer from a recurring sports injury
  • want to try and prevent future injuries
  • run or enjoy walking
  • are an athlete or sportsperson
  • have had a joint replacement or other orthopaedic surgery
  • want to optimise your mobility or training.


How does it work?

  • High-tech infrared cameras collect data from you statically and as you run or walk on the treadmill.
  • The system measures your whole body in one including spine curvature from all angles, vertebral rotation, pelvic position and foot pressure.
  • Our expert team analyse this data  to identify any irregularities, however small, that could contribute to injury or impact on performance.
  • Our chartered physiotherapists use your results to provide targeted advice on corrective exercise and stretching and can send the results onto your podiatrist to assist with corrective orthotic fitting.


What should I expect?

Your whole appointment will take up to 60 minutes starting with the gait analysis assessment where you will be required to walk or run on a treadmill. 

You will need to remove your clothing (so your back and legs are exposed) meaning you simply wear your underwear and will be provided with a gown that covers your front whilst exposes your back for females. A series of infrared markers will placed at various points on your neck, back and legs.

The scanner will take images as you stand, walk or run at your normal speed for a few seconds at a time.

A Physiotherapist will talk through your report with you explaining any abnormalities contributing to your (risk of) injury and performance. We will advise and make recommendations on footwear, corrective exercise programmes and treatment, as appropriate for you. We can also work in conjunction with your podiatrist to ensure that any orthotics you may require are tailored to your specific walking or running pattern.