Noninvasive measurement and screening techniques for spinal deformities.


Journal Article (Review)

OBJECTIVE: Spinal deformities are caused by a heterogeneous collection of disease processes. The progression of the scoliotic curve can vary depending on the individual patient, as well as the curve etiology. Noninvasive measurement techniques have been developed to obtain a baseline in addition to record curve progression. METHODS: We designed our study based on a comprehensive literature review and clinical experience. A systematic review of Medline for articles related to spinal deformities (scoliosis) and screening techniques was conducted up to and including those journal articles published in March 2007. RESULTS: There are numerous noninvasive modalities available to assess curve progression. CONCLUSION: The use of a detailed physical examination, serial examinations, and radiographic means serve well to document curve presence and monitor progression.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harrop, JS; Birknes, J; Shaffrey, CI

Published Date

  • September 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 63 / 3 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • 46 - 53

PubMed ID

  • 18812932

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18812932

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4040

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1227/01.NEU.0000325678.25152.A7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States