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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Quantification of topographic changes in the surface of back of young patients monitored for idiopathic scoliosis: correlation with radiographic variables
Author(s): Laura Pino-Almero; María F. Mínguez-Rey; Salvador Sentamans-Segarra; María Rosario Salvador-Palmer; Rosa M. Cibrian-Ortiz de Anda; Javier López-de La O
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Paper Abstract

Idiopathic scoliosis requires a close follow-up while the patient is skeletally immature to detect early progression. Patients who are monitored by radiographs are exposed to high doses of ionizing radiation. The purpose of this study is to evaluate if an optic noninvasive method of back surface topography based on structured light would be clinically useful in the follow-up of young patients with idiopathic scoliosis. This could reduce the number of radiographs made on these children. Thirty-one patients with idiopathic scoliosis were submitted twice to radiograph and our topographic method at intervals of 6 months to 1 year. Three topographical variables were applied horizontal plane deformity index (DHOPI), posterior trunk symmetry index (POTSI), and columnar profile (PC). A statistically significant correlation was found between variations of Cobb angle with DHOPI (r=0.720, p<0.01) and POTSI (r=0.753, p<0.01) during the monitoring period. Hence, this topographic method could be useful in clinical practice as an objective adjuvant tool in routine follow-up of scoliosis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2016
PDF: 12 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 21(11) 116001 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.21.11.116001
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 21, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Laura Pino-Almero, Univ. de València (Spain)
María F. Mínguez-Rey, Univ. de València (Spain)
Salvador Sentamans-Segarra, Univ. de València (Spain)
María Rosario Salvador-Palmer, Univ. de València (Spain)
Rosa M. Cibrian-Ortiz de Anda, Univ. de València (Spain)
Javier López-de La O, Univ. de València (Spain)

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