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Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 2000 Jul-Aug;138(4):353-9.

[Scanning stereographic surface measurement in idiopathic scoliosis after VDS (ventral derotation spondylodesis)].

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  • 1Klinik und Poliklinik für Allgemeine Orthopädie, Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster.



So far only radiometric and clinical methods have been available for the evaluation of results after anterior scoliosis surgery. Rasterstereography has proved to be a reliable method for three-dimensional surface measurement of conservatively treated idiopathic scoliosis patients. Therefore, patients treated operatively with anterior instrumentation were examined using rasterstereography to determine the three-dimensional correction of the spinal deformity. The aim was to measure back shape deformity, in particular derotation, and thus cosmetic improvements.


31 patients with idiopathic thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbar scoliosis (Cobb angle 57.2 degrees) were examined with raster stereography preoperatively, postoperatively and after follow-up (25.2 months) in a standardized standing posture. Standing radiographs were compared with raster stereography.


The mean Cobb angle was reduced from 57.2 degrees to 17.2 degrees, the rasterstereographic maximal surface rotation from 16.5 degrees to 10.8 degrees, and the vertebral rotation according to Perdriolle from 29.2 degrees to 16.7 degrees. During follow-up the Cobb angle increased to 20.8 degrees, and surface rotation to 11.3 degrees. Vertebral rotation remained constant. Lordosis and kyphosis angles changed only slightly.


Rasterstereography is a suitable tool for analyzing the three-dimensional correction of spinal deformities after anterior scoliosis surgery. In particular, the cosmetic improvement is clearly demonstrated. The measurement of surface rotation allows objective quantification of the obtained derotation.

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