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    Measurement of Vertebral Rotation

    Hi All,

    I've been trying to figure out how to calculate vertebral rotation by simply looking at an x-ray. You might wonder why I wouldn't just simply ask my doctor ? I have, but he never gives me a straight answer When my daughter's curve was 60 degrees, her vertebral rotation was 25 ??? Today her curve is much lower ( 10 degrees ) and I'm trying to calculate her rotation. According to the article they do it by measuring pedicles. Here is a website I came across. I don't see how they could have measured 25 to begin with when the measuring system seems to go from 0 to 4.



    http://www.rad.washington.edu/mskbook/scoliosis.html



    I appreciate any insights on this.



    Celia
    Last edited by Celia; 03-23-2005 at 02:12 PM.

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    celia,

    i went to your link and read through the article. i was curious whether or not you could e-mail the webmaster - michael l. richardson, m.d. and ask him to measure deirdre's rotation . . . just a thought.

    deshea

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    Celia...

    There are at least two methods for measuring rotation. One is in degrees, which is what I believe your daughter's doctor was quoting to you.

    --Linda

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    Thanks !

    Deshea,

    I guess I could do that. I got the articles you sent me and I'll be looking up the other one at the library. It's probably not that complicated since the pedicles are in full view - I just want to be able to calculate it myself without having to go to medical school


    Linda,

    That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for letting me know.

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