inclinometer (Scoliometer) measures distortions
of the torso. The patient is asked to bend over,
with arms dangling and palms pressed together, until
a curve can be observed in the thoracic area (the
upper back). The Scoliometer is placed on the back
and used to measure the apex (the highest point)
of the curve. The patient is then asked to continue
bending until the curve in the lower back can be
seen; the apex of this curve is then measured.
measurements are repeated twice, with the patient
returning to a standing position between repetitions.
The results of the Scoliometer can indicate problems,
and some experts believe it is a useful device for
widespread screening. Scoliometers, however, measure
rib cage distortions in more than half of children
who turn out to have very minor or no sideways curves.
Scoliometers are not accurate enough to guide treatment,
and, if results show a deformity, x-rays need to
This screening device measures angle of rotation.
It provides objective guidelines for referral and
reduces x-ray exposure. A storage pouch and complete
instructions are provided.