Using Skin Markers for Spinal Curvature Quantification in Main Thoracic Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: An Explorative Radiographic Study

Schmid, Stefan; Studer, Daniel; Hasler, Carol-Claudius; Romkes, Jacqueline; Taylor, William R.; Brunner, Reinald; Lorenzetti, Silvio (2015). Using Skin Markers for Spinal Curvature Quantification in Main Thoracic Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: An Explorative Radiographic Study PLoS ONE, 10(8), pp. 1-12. PLOS 10.1371/journal.pone.0135689

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Background and Purpose Although the relevance of understanding spinal kinematics during functional activities in patients with complex spinal deformities is undisputed among researchers and clinicians, evidence using skin marker-based motion capture systems is still limited to a handful of studies, mostly conducted on healthy subjects and using non-validated marker configurations. The current study therefore aimed to explore the validity of a previously developed enhanced trunk marker set for the static measurement of spinal curvature angles in patients with main thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. In addition, the impact of inaccurate marker placement on curvature angle calculation was investigated. Methods Ten patients (Cobb angle: 44.4±17.7 degrees) were equipped with radio-opaque markers on selected spinous processes and underwent a standard biplanar radiographic examination. Subsequently, radio-opaque markers were replaced with retro-reflective markers and the patients were measured statically using a Vicon motion capture system. Thoracolumbar / lumbar and thoracic curvature angles in the sagittal and frontal planes were calculated based on the centers of area of the vertebral bodies and radio-opaque markers as well as the three-dimensional position of the retro-reflective markers. To investigate curvature angle estimation accuracy, linear regression analyses among the respective parameters were used. The impact of inaccurate marker placement was explored using linear regression analyses among the radio-opaque marker- and spinous process-derived curvature angles. Results and Discussion The results demonstrate that curvatures angles in the sagittal plane can be measured with reasonable accuracy, whereas in the frontal plane, angles were systematically underestimated, mainly due to the positional and structural deformities of the scoliotic vertebrae. Inaccuracy of marker placement had a greater impact on thoracolumbar / lumbar than thoracic curvature angles. It is suggested that spinal curvature measurements are included in marker-based clinical gait analysis protocols in order to enable a deeper understanding of the biomechanical behavior of the healthy and pathological spine in dynamic situations as well as to comprehensively evaluate treatment effects.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Health Professions
Health Professions > Physiotherapy
Health Professions > Physiotherapy > Spinal Movement Biomechanics

Name:

Schmid, Stefan0000-0001-5138-9800;
Studer, Daniel;
Hasler, Carol-Claudius;
Romkes, Jacqueline;
Taylor, William R.;
Brunner, Reinald and
Lorenzetti, Silvio

ISSN:

1932-6203

Publisher:

PLOS

Language:

English

Submitter:

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Date Deposited:

03 Sep 2019 12:05

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2020 13:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pone.0135689

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.5609

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/5609

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