The Joy of Scanning

The argument for introducing digital scanning to your prescription work-flow is compelling. Arrive at positive patient outcomes faster, reduce administrative burden and add greater efficiency to your clinic.

Win an iPad & Structure Sensor combo at Firefly stand

It’s annual conference week and we’re packing out bags to fly out to Glasgow.  Included in our luggage are an iPad Mini and Structure Sensor which we will be giving away on Saturday evening of the conference.

Firefly will give away iPad & Structure Sensor at this weeks conference

Firefly will give away iPad & Structure Sensor at this weeks conference

Visit the Firefly stand to win an iPad & Structure Sensor

Make sure to visit the Firefly Stand [stand number 131-133] in the exhibition space, where you can enter the draw for these amazing pieces of equipment.  The world of Podiatry is no different to any other industry and technology is positively effecting how we as podiatrists interact and treat our patients.

In Firefly’s Podiatry clinics across Ireland, our Podiatrists have embraced technology such as the iPad and Structure Sensor to capture 3D images of patient’s feet.  In essence, this technology is replacing traditional casting techniques such as plater of Paris and foam boxes casting.


These technologies bring a number of distinct advantages when introduced to your clinic. The most obvious advantage when using the iPad/Structure Sensor is the speed at which you can capture patient foot image data.  You don’t have to prepare gloves, plaster and water basin. You don’t have to remove the plaster cast and wait for it to dry. With the iPad, you simply sync the iPad and Structure Sensor point the camera at the patient’s foot and rotate the device around the foot to capture the foot in 3D format.


Plaster of Paris casting technique

Firefly’s Digital Order Forms

At Firefly we also recommend using our digital fillable order forms when submitting 3D scans to our laboratory. Once the 3D scan is captured, our digital order forms can be filled out on an iPad and sent to Firefly by email. This significantly reduces the lead time for your patient.  You are no longer reliant on Royal Mail when submitting the cast or foam impression. Instead Royal Mail is used only to distribute your Firefly custom made orthoses.

If you are attending this year’s COP Conference in Glasgow and wish to see the iPad and Structure Sensor being demonstrated, make sure to attend one of the two workshops Firefly will be hosting during the conference. The first takes place on Thursday 17th, from 6pm to 6.15pm and the second is on Friday 18th from 3.30pm to 3.45pm.

Wiivv, NSOLS and Mobisit

Find out more about what Firefly will be exhibiting at this year’s conference by visiting our conference overview here. Read about Wiivv Wearable 3D printed custom insoles, and Firefly’s new over the counter orthotics, NSOLS. Finally, we’ll be exhibiting a new lower limb joint mobility application, the Mobisit- read all about this and more here.

New Firefly Order Forms

At Firefly Orthoses we have updated our order forms.  Firefly’s product range, specifically our line of Specialised Devices has expanded.  Adding these devices to our offering has resulted in some slight changes to our Firefly prescription order forms.

Why use Firefly’s digital fillable order forms?

With greater numbers of our customers migrating to capturing patient foot data using iPads and tablets our digital order forms are becoming increasingly important. In our clinics we are actively using Sharp Shape’s AOMS TOT technology which incorporatessols-firefly-clinic-ankle-photo an iPad and Structure Sensor scanner.

The iPad app streamlines the process of naming, scanning, file-transferring all in one package, while it is simple enough for a trained office assistant to use and to avoid errors. Email and/or DropBox can be used as the carrier to transfer data, including a 3D OBJ file, a JPEG file and a text file, which contains necessary ordering information. The scanning dimensions are designed for feet in mind, to ensure highest resolution and accuracy with the sensor.

At Firefly we are increasingly receiving digital orders where the file and prescription are  emailed to our Lab.  To increase efficiency of time, you can now download Firefly’s prescription forms to your iPad, fill the form and capture the imaging  using your iPad and submit all the data (image file and digital prescription) in one email.  This significantly reduces lead times, removing the need to rely on the time it takes to post plaster of paris casts or foam boxes.  Adobe Reader is required when filling in our digital prescription forms on an iPad.  The native Apple program ‘Preview’ is not suitable for filling out our forms digitally. More info is available here on using Firefly’s Digital Order Forms.


Firefly Standard Devices Order Form

Firefly Standard Device Order Form

Our Premium Device order form has been replaced by the new Standard Device form. This new form provides for prescriptions that require functional, dress [men’s or women’s], sport and mould devices.

On the new form you’ll find all the Optional Spec, Posting, Additions and Modification options as per usual.


Firefly Specialised Devices Order Formsspecialised-devices-button

Our new Specialised Device order form takes account of our expanded range of devices for Diabetics and Rheumatoid Arthritic patients.

These devices are categorised into three groups: Accommodative, using Rubberflex shell, Hybrid, using Polypropylene [flexible] shell and Functional Devices, using a Polypropylene semi-rigid shell.

Some of these devices are suitable for both Diabetic and Arthritic patients.

The control level for each device type is indicated on the new forms too.


Richie-brace-buttonFirefly Richie Brace Order Form

There are no major changes regarding the Richie Brace order form.  The form presents the various Richie Brace AFOs, including the Dynamic Assist, Richie Soccer, Little Richie for younger patients, Richie Gauntlet and Richie Solid.

The form also provides notes on pathology specific prescriptions along with casting techniques on the rear of the form.

If you have any further information regarding our new digital forms, contact us via phone or email [email protected]