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This preliminary study has shown that bracing may improve the cosmetic appearance of a scoliotic back although the underlying curve remains unchanged. Thirty-two patients treated with the Boston brace for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis were assessed both roentgenographically and by integrated shape imaging system scanning before and after treatment. The mean follow-up time was 16 months. Surface shape improved in 41% of the patients, whereas roentgenographic improvement occurred in only 9%. Roentgenographic measurements should, therefore, be considered in conjunction with corresponding surface shape measurements in the assessment of brace treatment of scoliosis.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Clinical orthopaedics and related research

Publication Date

03/1989

Pages

157 - 163

Addresses

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Headington, Oxford, England.

Keywords

Spine, Humans, Scoliosis, Photogrammetry, Follow-Up Studies, Braces, Adolescent, Female, Male, Evaluation Studies as Topic