Is the iPhone an accurate and useful tool for the monitoring of spinal deformity?

Izatt, Maree T., Adam, Clayton J., Labrom, Robert D., & Askin, Geoffrey N. (2011) Is the iPhone an accurate and useful tool for the monitoring of spinal deformity? In Moore, Robert J. (Ed.) Adelaide Centre for Spine Research - Spinal Research Symposium IX, 9-11 August 2011, Adelaide, SA. (Unpublished)

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The progression of spinal deformity is traditionally monitored by spinal surgeons using the Cobb method on hardcopy radiographs with a protractor and pencil. The rotation of the spine and ribcage (rib hump) in scoliosis is measured with a simple hand-held inclinometer (Scoliometer). The iPhone and other smart phones have the capability to accurately sense inclination, and can therefore be used to measure Cobb angles and rib hump angulation. The purpose of this study was to quantify the performance of the iPhone compared to a standard protractor for measuring Cobb angles and the Scoliometer for measuring rib humps. The study concluded that the iPhone is a clinically equivalent measuring tool to the traditional protractor and Scoliometer

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ID Code: 46521
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: iPhone, Smartphone, spinal deformity, Cobb angle, Rib hump, scoliosis, scoliometer, protractor, measurement variability
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300)
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 2011 The Authors
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2011 23:13
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2011 16:43

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