Pedi-Scoliometer is an inclinometer that measures the asymmetries between the sides of the trunk by measuring axial trunk rotation (ATR) in degrees.

Pedihealth Oy has been manufacturing Pedi-Scoliometer since the 1980s. The product is manufactured in Finland.

Pedi-Scoliometer is a CE marked medical device which is intended for professional use by healthcare professionals to screening for and monitoring scoliosis.

Pedi-Scoliometer: CE | Pedihealth Oy
Pedi-Scoliometer: CE | Pedihealth Oy

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a three-dimensional abnormality that occurs when the spine becomes rotated and curved sideways. It typically becomes noticeable between the ages of 9 and 16. The earlier scoliosis is diagnosed the better.

Most often this condition has unknown cause, in which case it is called idiopathic scoliosis. It does tend to run in families. The specific genes involved have not all been identified yet, and there could be factors beyond genetics as well. Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some curves worsen as the child grows.

Scoliosis screening

Screening programs are designed to detect scoliosis while the child is still young enough to significantly benefit from treatment.

A scoliosis screening is a short, noninvasive test performed by a trained professional for example pediatrician or a school nurse. Scoliosis screening determines if there appears a curve in child´s spine, that would need to be examined by a pediatric orthopedic specialist. The earlier scoliosis is diagnosed, the better. Diagnosis is confirmed with X-rays.

If the screening shows the possibility of scoliosis, the patient is referred to a doctor for a diagnosis. Based on the doctor’s exam, they may take an X-ray. If an X-ray is performed, they will calculate the Cobb Angle — a measurement to see the size of the spinal curve.

The decision to which treatment course is chosen, is largely based on the Cobb Angle. If it is 15 degrees or less, it’s likely that regular check-ups are all what’s needed. These check-ups are to monitor the curve(s) for progression. If the Cobb Angle is between 25 and 50 degrees, a back brace may be necessary to stop the curve from progressing. If it is over 50 degrees, the doctor may recommend surgery to straighten the spine.

Pedi-Scoliometer measure

How to measure with Pedi-Scoliometer

The measurements with the Pedi-Scoliometer should be performed in forward bending position (Adam’s test) and made along the spinous processes at least at three vertebral levels: thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbar regions. The highest of the measured readings is the most significant one. The patient should be referred for further evaluation or full spine X-ray, if the Scoliometer reading is 7 degrees or more.

The Cobb Angle value (=degree of scoliosis) can be predicted according to Scoliometer value: Predicted Cobb Angle = 4,35 x Scoliometer value – 12,6. Thus, seven degrees of the Scoliometer value predicts roughly 18 degrees Cobb Angle.

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