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LindaRacine
02-04-2012, 03:56 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDkvJrufmYg

Pooka1
02-05-2012, 02:27 PM
Linda, that looks interesting but it looks like it still requires the patient to correctly identify the most tilted vertebrae. We have evidence that they often miss that by a mile, sometimes picking random vertebrae. So giving them an app to "validate" their measurement won't help them to know their true Cobb angle.

AMom
02-05-2012, 03:24 PM
Linda, that looks interesting but it looks like it still requires the patient to correctly identify the most tilted vertebrae. We have evidence that they often miss that by a mile, sometimes picking random vertebrae. So giving them an app to "validate" their measurement won't help them to know their true Cobb angle.

True, but I've watched a few Abbot & Costello routines performed by professionals AND the kids they were training. This new device is as useful as the computerized version that figures the angles on digital x-rays. If the person choosing the vertebrae doesn't pay attention, the angle of the curve will "change."

Figuring an angle is simple to do by hand, the only skill involved is choosing the correct vertebrae. If you don't know how to do that, you can always ask the ortho to show which ones they chose and to explain why they chose them.

Pooka1
02-05-2012, 05:48 PM
True, but I've watched a few Abbot & Costello routines performed by professionals AND the kids they were training. This new device is as useful as the computerized version that figures the angles on digital x-rays. If the person choosing the vertebrae doesn't pay attention, the angle of the curve will "change."

Figuring an angle is simple to do by hand, the only skill involved is choosing the correct vertebrae. If you don't know how to do that, you can always ask the ortho to show which ones they chose and to explain why they chose them.

I agree.

I would love for folks who chose their own end vertebra to come forward and say how they did it. The lines they have shown are clearly not at the most tilted vertebrae. Maybe if they stated how they chose, we could identify the source of their confusion.