Scoliosis Diagnosis

If you or your child has scoliosis, you need the care and expertise of a specialized group of physicians who work together as a team to provide advanced care, including the option of a minimally invasive scoliosis surgery.  You’ll find comfort in comprehensive scoliosis information that is personalized so you can make the best decisions possible.

Scoliosis Diagnosis at Fletcher Allen

At Fletcher Allen, we have the latest tools available to diagnosis scoliosis and other spinal disorders. Our diagnostic team includes radiologists who are specially trained in bone imaging.

The process of diagnosis may involve the following: 

Medical history – Your physician will take a thorough medical history. 

Physical examination – Your physician will perform a comprehensive examination to look for signs of scoliosis.

X-rays – An initial X-ray may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. X-rays can also determine the size of the spinal curvature. Following that, periodic X-rays will be taken to monitor the curve.

Genetic test – A new genetic test, developed by a Fletcher Allen orthopedist in conjunction with researchers at Axial Biotech, Inc., is available at Fletcher Allen. This test – a significant advancement in scoliosis diagnosis – aims to predict to what degree the disease will progress. It is available for 9- to 13-year-old girls with scoliosis.

  • Benefits include:
  • Conducted through a simple spit test
  • Eliminates the need for repeated x-rays for the majority of girls who are unlikely to develop a severe curve, which means less radiation exposure over their lifetimes
  • Allows early intervention for those at the highest risk

Learn about Scoliosis Treatment.

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