The effect of time on the results of children's spine examinations

M. Takács, E. Rudner, R. Kiss

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Abstract

With the ultrasound based motion analyzing system it is possible to measure the shape of the spine not only of adults but of children too. Ultrasound based spine measurements play an important role in diagnosing spine deformities in children (bad posture, flat back, scoliosis), as well as after diagnosis, during conservative follow-up. Previous research has already justified the accuracy and reliability of the ultrasound-based analysis method. However, the question of whether the short length of time between the two tests had an effect on the results was not examined and answered by previous research. The aim of our study was to clarify whether the shape of the spine changes significantly during the 15 minute-long examination of healthy children and children with various spine deformities. We measured children aged 8 to 11, of whom 115 were healthy (52 boys, 63 girls, average age: 8.7±1,2 years, average weight: 35.8±9,7 kg, average height: 138.8±9,05 cm), 56 had bad posture (21 boys, 35 girls, average age: 8.4±1,26 years, average weight: 30.6±7,67 kg, average height: 137.0±9,18 cm), 6 had flat backs (3 boys, 3 girls, average age: 8.3±1,21 years, average weight: 31.2±6,43 kg, average height: 138.2±7,88 cm) and 20 had scoliosis (10 boys, 10 girls, average age: 9.3±1,13 years, average weight: 32.9±4,95 kg, average height: 134.4±6,76 cm). At first we described the shape of the spine in a straight posture using the Zebris ultrasound motion analysis system, then we repeated the procedure after 15 minutes. When we compared the results it turned out that the differences were significantly smaller than the standard deviations (0.1-2.7 at kyphosis, 0.3-7.4 at lordosis, 0.1-1.1 at sagittal inclination, and finally 0.1-1.0 at frontal inclination). The correlation was strong at kyphosis and lordosis (0.77-0.98), however, it was low at frontal and sagittal inclination (0.18-0.54). So the time lapse (15 minutes) between the measurements did not affect the results at lordosis and khyphosis. At inclination, however, it is essential to pay extra attention to the postures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health
Pages427-435
Number of pages9
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event6th Int. Conf. on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, and 9th Int. Conf. on Modelling in Medicine and Biology - Environmental Health Risk 2011, EHR 2011 - Riga, Latvia
Duration: Jul 25 2011Jul 27 2011

Other

Other6th Int. Conf. on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, and 9th Int. Conf. on Modelling in Medicine and Biology - Environmental Health Risk 2011, EHR 2011
CountryLatvia
CityRiga
Period7/25/117/27/11

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Spine
Ultrasonics
Posture
Lordosis
Weights and Measures
Kyphosis
Inclination
Scoliosis
Ultrasound
Research
Children
Motion Analysis
Standard deviation
Straight

Keywords

  • Bad posture
  • Posture
  • Schoolchildren
  • Spine
  • Spine curvature
  • Ultrasound-based system
  • Zebris

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modelling and Simulation

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Takács, M., Rudner, E., & Kiss, R. (2011). The effect of time on the results of children's spine examinations. In WIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health (Vol. 15, pp. 427-435) https://doi.org/10.2495/EHR110371

The effect of time on the results of children's spine examinations. / Takács, M.; Rudner, E.; Kiss, R.

WIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health. Vol. 15 2011. p. 427-435.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Takács, M, Rudner, E & Kiss, R 2011, The effect of time on the results of children's spine examinations. in WIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health. vol. 15, pp. 427-435, 6th Int. Conf. on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, and 9th Int. Conf. on Modelling in Medicine and Biology - Environmental Health Risk 2011, EHR 2011, Riga, Latvia, 7/25/11. https://doi.org/10.2495/EHR110371
Takács M, Rudner E, Kiss R. The effect of time on the results of children's spine examinations. In WIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health. Vol. 15. 2011. p. 427-435 https://doi.org/10.2495/EHR110371
Takács, M. ; Rudner, E. ; Kiss, R. / The effect of time on the results of children's spine examinations. WIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health. Vol. 15 2011. pp. 427-435
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