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Title: Direct spinal curvature digitization in scoliosis screening a comparative study with moire contourgraphy
Authors: Wong, H.-K. 
Balasubramaniam, P.
Rajan, U.
Chng, S.-Y.
Keywords: Moire contourgraphy
Scoliometer
Scoliosis
Screening
Spinal digitization
Issue Date: 1997
Source: Wong, H.-K.,Balasubramaniam, P.,Rajan, U.,Chng, S.-Y. (1997). Direct spinal curvature digitization in scoliosis screening a comparative study with moire contourgraphy. Journal of Spinal Disorders 10 (3) : 185-192. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The forward bending test, widely used in scoliosis screening, is associated with high false-positive rates. We postulate that direct surface measurement of the spinal curvature by digitization of the spinous processes used in combination with the forward bending test could increase the predictive value of detecting scoliosis without sacrificing sensitivity. Sixty consecutive patients referred from a school screening program were included in this study. All had moire contourgraphy, spinous process digitization, and erect frontal radiographs of the spine. The number of false positives from the forward bending test was 35. Moire contourgraphy did not reduce the number of false positives significantly. A posterior spinal deformity of 10°or more predicted scoliosis in all patients, with 15 false- positive readings. Direct measurement of the spinal curvature by spinous process digitization can be an effective second-stage screening tool for scoliosis in centers where all the screened positives are referred to a single center.
Source Title: Journal of Spinal Disorders
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/108015
ISSN: 08950385
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