Scoliosis radiography

Dr Craig Hacking and Alan Ho et al.

Scoliosis radiography is useful in identifying the degree of the scoliosis curvature (major/minor or primary/compensatory curves), as well as observe its progression to determine the best method of treatment 1.  

Indications

Scoliosis radiographs are performed specifically when the disease is suspected, or when its severity/progression are being measured 1.

Projections

Protocols for scoliosis radiography may vary depending on each radiology department.

Standard projection
  • PA/AP view
    • visualization of all thoracic and lumbar vertebrae of interest
    • may be taken erect and supine for comparison 2
  • erect lateral view
    • visualization of all thoracic and lumbar vertebrae of interest
    • used to identify spondylolisthesis, the degree of kyphosis/lordosis 2
Additional projections

Radiographic views
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Article information

rID: 58525
System: Spine
Section: Radiography
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  • Figure 1: AP spine
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  • Figure 2: lateral spine
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  • Figure 3: lateral bending
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