Distribution of forces during fulcrum bending radiographs on adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients

Waite, Alyssa, Izatt, Maree T., & Adam, Clayton J. (2010) Distribution of forces during fulcrum bending radiographs on adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients. In Moore, Robert J. (Ed.) Proceedings of ACSR Symposium VIII 2010, Adelaide, Australia.


At the Mater Children’s Hospital, approximately 80% of patients presenting with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis requiring corrective surgery receive a fulcrum bending radiograph. The fulcrum bending radiograph provides a measurement of spine flexibility and a better indication of achievable surgical correction than lateral-bending radiographs (Cheung and Luk, 1997; Hay et al 2008). The magnitude and distribution of the corrective force exerted by the bolster on the patient’s body is unknown. The objective of this pilot study was to measure, for the first time, the forces transmitted to the patient’s ribs through the bolster during the fulcrum bending radiograph.

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ID Code: 34371
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, fulcrum bending radiograph, pressure mapping, Tactilus Pressure System, Spinal flexibility
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Biomechanical Engineering (090302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2010 00:21
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2011 14:59

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