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GAZZETTA MEDICA ITALIANA ARCHIVIO PER LE SCIENZE MEDICHE
A Journal on Internal Medicine and Pharmacology
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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2005 December;164(6):473-6
“Moire topography”, a method for the diagnosis and the documentation of scoliosis
Koukos A., Triantaphyllidis I., Arealis G.
Department of Orthopaedics, E. Dimitriou Hospital of Florina, Greece, Hellenic Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece
Aim. The purpose of our study is to describe and to evaluate our method for the screening of scoliosis using Moiré topography.
Methods. In 2003 at the public schools of the region of Florina, Greece, 1 100 children, aged 8 to 14 years, were screened for scoliosis. Subse-quently 226 children who had evident scoliosis were evaluated using a low dose radiograph and Moiré topography. Finally the results of the radiographic observations were compared with the findings of the Moiré topography. We used a Moiré device of our own construction, made from simple materials, and the Moiré fringes were recorded with the help of a digital camera and a laptop.
Results. A statistically significant correlation was found between the moiré asymmetry (rotational component of scoliosis) and the radiographic findings (lateral deviation according to Cobb).
Conclusion. The Moiré topography is an inexpensive, simple and safe method for the screening of structural scoliosis and the evaluation of the therapeutic interventions, detecting even small deformities.