Test-retest standard error of measurements for full-torso surface topography parameters in healthy teenagers
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Published: 14 December 2009
To assess the test-retest standard error of measurement (SEM) of full-torso surface topography (ST) parameters in adolescents without spinal deformities.
ST is used to quantify the external deformity of the torso due to scoliosis. A normative ST database is being developed to help interpret the ST parameters used to describe scoliosis. Test-retest SEM has not been estimated for most parameters in this population.
Test-retest SEM of 15 of 26 ST parameters in healthy adolescents were found adequate for developing a normative database. Six of the 7 newly developed parameters had adequate SEM.
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