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This preliminary study has shown that bracing may improve the cosmetic appearance of a scoliotic back although the underlying curve remains unchanged. Thirty-two patients treated with the Boston brace for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis were assessed both roentgenographically and by integrated shape imaging system scanning before and after treatment. The mean follow-up time was 16 months. Surface shape improved in 41% of the patients, whereas roentgenographic improvement occurred in only 9%. Roentgenographic measurements should, therefore, be considered in conjunction with corresponding surface shape measurements in the assessment of brace treatment of scoliosis.


Journal article


Clin Orthop Relat Res

Publication Date



157 - 163


Adolescent, Braces, Evaluation Studies as Topic, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Male, Photogrammetry, Radiography, Scoliosis, Spine