X-ray of scoliosis
Choice of modality
X-ray of scoliosis is generally the choice for both initial evaluation and follow-up.
- Categorization into dextroscoliosis (convex towards the patient's right) or levoscoliosis (towards left). Typically, there is a main curvature, with secondary counter-curvatures above and below it, which should be measured as well in more severe scoliosis, or if it is not clear what is the main curvature.
- Cobb angle measurement of the anticipated greatest angle seen. angle formed between a line drawn parallel to the superior endplate of one vertebra above the fracture and a line drawn parallel to the inferior endplate of the vertebra one level below the fracture.
- Severity grading of the Cobb angle:
|Scoliosis severity||Cobb angle|
|Mild||10 - 30°|
|Moderate||30 - 45°|
Optionally: Coronal balance, which is the horizontal distance between the middle of the vertebral body of C7 and the midline of the sacrum. It is significant if measuring over 2 cm.
- Dextro- or levoscoliosis
- Cobb angle in numbers, and between which levels, if the referral has any focus on the scoliosis, otherwise a severity grading is enough.
If measured: Significant coronal imbalance
- See also: General notes on reporting
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