Aclarion Announces Nociscan® Cost-Effectiveness Poster Presented at 45th Annual SMDM Meeting

Nociscan cost-effectiveness abstract poster highlights dominance over provocative discography.

The 45 th Annual Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) Meeting is being held October 22-25, 2023.

Founded in 1979, SMDM promotes scientific and methodological rigor in health care decision research and its application to health policy and clinical care.

Highlighting the importance of the cost savings and improved outcomes associated with Nociscan, SMDM represents the third society meeting, showcasing the Economic Value Analysis of Low back pain (EVAL) study in 2023

BROOMFIELD, CO, – Aclarion, Inc. (“Aclarion” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ACON, ACONW), a healthcare technology company that is leveraging biomarkers and proprietary augmented intelligence algorithms to help physicians identify the location of chronic low back pain, announced today their Nociscan cost-effectiveness poster will be showcased at the 45 th Annual Society for Medical Decision Making meeting, October 22-25, 2023.  The cost-effectiveness study comparing Nociscan to provocative discography was performed at the Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovations (CDMI) through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and sponsored by Aclarion.  The abstract highlights that Nociscan statistically dominates provocative discography (PD) because PD is both more costly and less effective.

“An evidence-based process for accurate identification of a source for low back pain is valuable to improve cost-effectiveness of operative and non-operative management strategies,” said Leslie Wilson, PhD, Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at University of California San Francisco. “The economic model includes a decision-tree comparing Nociscan with PD based on a comprehensive set of peer-reviewed data. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) confirms that Nociscan dominates PD, with a Monte Carlo sensitivity analysis illustrating Nociscan dominates from 40-85% over a wide willingness-to-pay range. In total, Nociscan can save the US healthcare system from $283M to $441M annually.”

Chronic low back pain (cLBP) is a global healthcare problem, with approximately 266 million people worldwide suffering from degenerative spine disease and low back pain. Conventional imaging and diagnostics provide valuable structural information but struggle to identify the source of the pathogenic pain. Low surgical success rates (41-57%) 1,2 are common especially for patients suffering from Discogenic Chronic Low Back Pain (DCLP).

“We are pleased with the compounding interest in the Nociscan cost-effectiveness research,” said Ryan Bond, Chief Strategy Officer at Aclarion.  “SMDM serves a leading role at the nexus of policy, health economics, and clinical decision making, three areas of interest to Aclarion and our physician customers. Moreover, SMDM joins other leading societies – ISASS for spine surgery and ASPN for pain and neuroscience – who showcased similar Nociscan cost-effectiveness research at their annual meetings earlier this year. Combined with our published clinical evidence, Aclarion is proud of this important evolving research and the clear results – Nociscan shows clinical benefit vs PD while reducing cost-of-care.”

In June 2023, a Nociscan cost-effectiveness abstract was presented by Dr. Wilson at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) annual meeting. In July 2023, a Nociscan cost-effectiveness poster was presented at the American Society for Pain & Neuroscience (ASPN) annual meeting.


  1. Wei J, Song Y, et al. Comparison of artificial total disc replacement versus fusion for lumbar disc disease: a meta-anaylsis of randomized controlled trials. Int Orthop. 2013; 37(7):1315-1325
  2. Ibrahim T, Tieyjeh IM, et al. Surgical versus nonsurgical treatment of chronic low back pain: a meta-analysis of randomized trials. Int Orthop. 2008; 32(1):107-113

About Aclarion, Inc.

Aclarion is a healthcare technology company that leverages Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (“MRS”), proprietary signal processing techniques, biomarkers, and augmented intelligence algorithms to optimize clinical treatments. The Company is first addressing the chronic low back pain market with Nociscan, the first, evidence-supported, SaaS platform to noninvasively help physicians distinguish between painful and nonpainful discs in the lumbar spine. Through a cloud connection, Nociscan receives magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) data from an MRI machine for each lumbar disc being evaluated. In the cloud, proprietary signal processing techniques extract and quantify chemical biomarkers demonstrated to be associated with disc pain. Biomarker data is entered into proprietary algorithms to indicate if a disc may be a source of pain. When used with other diagnostic tools, Nociscan provides critical insights into the location of a patient’s low back pain, giving physicians clarity to optimize treatment strategies.  For more information, please visit – Opens in new window .

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