What Is Scoliosis?
- Scoliosis is an abnormality to the spine.
- Scoliosis will cause the spine to appear as ‘S’ shape or ‘C’ shape.
- Scoliosis will cause the spine to bend either to the right or left.
- Scoliosis is common amongst pre-teen and teenage girls. Studies show that the incidence of scoliosis in women is 8 times higher than in men. 
Picture 1: Showing individual with normal spine and scoliosis.
How Can I Get This Examination Done And Where?
- The doctor you are seeing will decide if you need the examination.
- If necessary, the doctor will make a request using Request Form For Radiological Examination.
- This examination is available in selected Ministry of Health hospitals.
Reason For X-ray Examination
- Patients with Congenital Scoliosis or ‘early-onset scoliosis’ will need X-ray examinations from infant to childhood.
- From the X-rays, the doctor will be able to identify any missing or fused vertebrae, or a combination of both problems. 
- From the X-ray, the doctor will be able to determine the treatment that should be given to you.
How Is The Examination Performed?
Before the examination
- The radiographer will explain about the examination and the instructions that need to be followed.
- You are advised not to bring any valuables or jewelry.
- Children need to be accompanied by an adult family member.
- Please inform the radiographer if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
- You will need to change into a hospital gown that will be provided.
During the examination
- The examination will be performed according to the request and examination protocol.
- The examination will be performed in standing position. For patients who are unable to stand, the examination can be performed with the patient sitting down.
- For children, the examination will be performed in lying position with the aid of immobilizing devices.
- Radiation protection will be provided throughout the examination.
- You are requested to follow all instruction given by the radiographer to ensure that the examination is successful.
After the examination
- You can changed into your own clothes after the examination is completed.
- You can then leave the the department.
- Images acquired during the examination will be viewed by the radiologist who will then report the examination.
- The department will ensure your privacy throughout the examination.
Picture 2: Image of scoliotic patient
- Lois L. (2004) Radiological Technology: Scoliosis and Spinal Imaging. Vol 79/ No 4.
|Last Reviewed||:||5 January 2017|
|Translator||:||Daud bin Ismail|
|Accreditor||:||Irene Tong Lee Kew|