Children and scoliosis: To screen or not to screen?

Screening children for scoliosis has risen and fallen in popularity over the years, with appropriate utilization of x-rays at the heart of the debate underlying the inconsistency.

Taking up the matter in U.S. News & World Report, Jacob Schulz, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Montefiore Health System in New York, writes that the best approach for children with mild spinal curve “may only be observation, coming to the doctor every few months for a clinical exam and sometimes an x-ray.”

At Montefiore’s pediatric hospital, he adds, they’re investigating a new body-mapping system that may help evaluate kids’ spines with high accuracy and no need for x-rays at all.

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