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The role of moiré photography in evaluating minor scoliotic curves

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Satisfactory correlation has been observed between the radiographic lateral deviation and moiré documented asymmetry of the trunk in scoliotic curves. The advantage of the moiré method is that it is non-invasive and can document what has been observed for later comparison. This screening method decreases the risk of obtaining too many false positive and negative findings. It also increases the possibility of diagnosing scoliosis earlier than with conventional visual methods and, at the same time, decreases the number of radiographs for minor curves in young patients.


Présentation d'un nouvel examen combiné, clinique, photographique et radiologique, pour le dépistage scolaire de la scoliose. L'enfant est examiné penché en avant. Lorsqu'il existe une asymétrie clinique, on prend une photographie «moirée» du dos. La photographie «moirée» est une méthode optique bio-stéréométrique qui décrit plus la composante rotatoire que la déviation latérale de la scoliose.

Cette méthode augmente les possibilités d'un diagnostic précoce par rapport au simple examen clinique, et en même temps, elle rend inutile la radiographie des déformations mineures chez les jeunes enfants.

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Financial support was obtained from the Swedish Medical Research Council project no. B81-17X-04780-06

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Willner, S., Willner, E. The role of moiré photography in evaluating minor scoliotic curves. International Orthopaedics 6, 55–60 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00267816

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Key words

  • Scoliosis
  • Prevalence study
  • School screening
  • Moiré topography