Success rate at 2 years for discogenic low back pain surgeries was 85% for patients whose treatment strategy was consistent with Nociscan-identified discs, a 22 percentage point improvement over patients whose treatment strategy was inconsistent with Nociscan-identified discs (85% vs. 63%; p=0.07)
Nociscan is the first augmented intelligence platform to measure pain biomarkers in the lumbar spine
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 the publication of two-year durability data which demonstrates improved surgical outcomes for discogenic low back pain (DLBP) surgeries at chemically painful lumbar discs identified by Nociscan.
The multi-year, single site clinical trial comprised 78 patients who received surgery for DLBP following standard clinical work-up including MRI and provocative discography. Nociscan was performed on all patients but was not available in the surgical decision-making process. The patient outcomes were evaluated using the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) scoring scale (100 points), a common clinical outcomes measure for low back pain, where surgical success was defined using an industry-standard improvement of 15 points or more between surgeries that were concordant versus discordant with Nociscan results. Surgical success rates at 2 years illustrates a 22 percentage point improvement (p = 0.07) between the two groups. The results suggest that Nociscan provides valuable new information that can help physicians successfully treat DLBP.
Matthew Gornet, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and lead author stated, “The two-year surgical outcomes of the clinical trial are significantly clear on the primary (ODI) endpoint. I believe Nociscan is something that will accurately help all physicians treating chronic low back pain, and I believe it can change the standard of care. I feel uncomfortable now moving forward in treatment of low back pain patients without the information Nociscan provides, like a cardiologist who does not have an echocardiogram.” Dr. Gornet is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, accomplished author, and national leader in treating patients with chronic low back pain.
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. “For decades, the source of low back pain has been difficult to precisely identify. Provocative discography is an effective diagnostic tool for discogenic pain, but it is invasive, painful, expensive, and unfavorable with patients. MRI has become a standard diagnostic for back pain, but MRI cannot differentiate between discs that are painful and those that are merely aging. Nociscan objectively measures pain biomarkers in an MRI-like experience, without the negative attributes of discography,” said Ryan Bond, Chief Strategy Officer at Aclarion.
“The durability of the 2-year outcomes is a hallmark achievement. These important results will serve as the cornerstone of Aclarion’s on-going commitment to leading with clinical evidence and changing the standard of care for low back pain. In addition, the Economic Value Analysis of Low back pain (EVAL) abstract, a healthcare economics study completed by CDMI illustrating dominant economic and clinical benefits for Nociscan, has been submitted for presentation at upcoming spine society meetings. Aclarion is moving forward with additional clinical trials, which collectively will expand on the impressive foundational evidence compiled by Dr. Gornet and team,” said Brent Ness, CEO at Aclarion.
“The two year durable results of the Gornet Trial, published in the reputable European Spine Journal, add to the mounting evidence supporting the logical conclusion that knowing the source of pain enables better treatment planning and eventual outcomes,” stated Robert Eastlack, MD, Head of the Division of Spine Surgery at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, CA. “The fact that this is a surgical outcome trial, not just a comparison to the accuracy of other existing diagnostic tools, bolsters my confidence in using Nociscan in my practice.”
Access to publication can be found here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37014434/
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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 www.aclarion.com.
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