Dr. Stefan Parent develops new spinal growth assessment tool — 5 takeaways

Written by Megan Wood | April 19, 2016 | Print  |

Stefan Parent, MD, PhD, of Canada-based CHU Sainte-Justine, and his team developed an assessment tool to analyze adolescent past and residual spinal growth, according to Medical Xpress.

Here are five takeaways:


1. The Scoliosis Research Society awarded Dr. Parent and his team the 2015 Louis A. Goldstein award for best clinical poster.


2. The assessment tool would allow physicians to analyze whether an adolescent's past and residual spinal growth is normal or pathological.


3. The tool will complement the growth charts pediatricians already use. It will also help physicians consider future therapeutic approaches based on future growth patterns.


4. Dr. Parent and his team utilized three-dimensional spine reconstruction and analyzed normal growth based on total height, vertebrae dimension and growth and natural curves.


5. The study is titled "Spinal Growth in Normal Children between 2 and 11 Years Old Using 3D Reconstruction: a Longitudinal Study."


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