Measurement of vertebral rotation: a comparison of two methods based on CT scans

Krismer,M.; Chen,A.M.; Steinlechner,M.; Haid,C.; Lener,M.; Wimmer,C.
This study compared Ho's and Aaro's method to measure vertebral axial rotation in order to find the more accurate one. Two hundred fifty-nine CT scans were taken from 11 cadaver vertebrae. The scans were performed with vertebrae in neutral position and angulated up to 20 degrees in the sagittal and frontal plane to simulate kyphosis/lordosis and side bending. Axial rotation was measured according to both methods. The mean difference between true and measured values was 3.7 +/- 6.7 (95% confidence limit) (Ho's method) and 2.3 +/- 3.7 (Aaro's method), respectively. Correlation with true axial rotation was r2 = 0.66 (Ho's method) and r2 = 0.77 (Aaro's method). We recommend using Aaro's method as the more accurate measure of axial rotation in scoliotic vertebrae
J Spinal Disord. 1999 12(2):126-130
Tags: 99244532; Cadaver; human; Kyphosis; Lordosis; methods; Observer Variation; Orthopedics; physiology; physiopathology; radiography; Rotation; Spine; surgery; Tomography,X-Ray Computed
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