Volume 4 Supplement 1

5th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities

Open Access

Evaluating the influence of patient positioning on the accuracy of Ortelius 800 measurements for scoliosis

  • Patrick Knott1,
  • Steven Mardjetko2,
  • Megan Dunn3,
  • Daniel Johnson1,
  • Stephen Cruze1 and
  • Juliette Moore1
Scoliosis20094(Suppl 1):O18

https://doi.org/10.1186/1748-7161-4-S1-O18

Published: 15 January 2009

Background

There are several methods available using surface topography to estimate the spinal curves in adolescent scoliosis patients. One new method, using the Ortelius 800 device, has been shown to be unreliable [1]. This study will analyze whether the reliability of measurements can be improved with simple positioning techniques.

Procedure

A volunteer patient with scoliosis had standing radiographs taken to document the actual curve dimensions. The Ortelius was used to take repeated measurements of the spine with the patient standing in the usual position. The patient was then positioned using a wide-based stance, with hands forward on the wall to brace themselves in a stable position. In addition, the spinous processes were marked to allow the examiner to more reliably find them each time. Measurements were repeated using these new methods.

Analysis

For each set of measurements, the Ortelius Cobb angles were compared to the x-ray Cobb angles. The amount of variance from x-ray was calculated for each series. The standard technique of measurement produced the most variability. Each of the two new procedures improved the measurements. However, when these procedures were used together, the smallest amount of variability was produced, making the Ortelius measurements and the x-ray measurements different by an average of only 1.5 degrees.

Conclusion

Although the reliability of the Ortelius 800 device for measurement of scoliosis was not reliable in earlier research, these two methods to improve the stability and evaluation techniques of the patient during measurement have resulted in a marked improvement in the reliability.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
(2)
Department of Orthopaedics, Rush University
(3)
Illinois Bone and Joint Institute

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Copyright

© Knott et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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