At Children’s Hospital Boston, we know that the first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis.
We'll use medical and family histories, physical exams and diagnostic tests to determine the nature, extent and effects of your child’s scoliosis and any associated conditions. Your Children’s multi-disciplinary care team will evaluate the structure and function of his lungs, chest, kidneys, bladder, feet and hands, hearing and neurologic function.
Diagnostic testing can include:
x-ray: produces images of bones, internal tissues and organs onto film
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): produces details images of organs and structures within the body; especially useful for assessing the spinal cord
CAT scan (CT scan, computerized tomography scan): produces detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat and organs. Images are more detailed than those of x-rays.
ultrasound: produces images of blood vessels, tissues and organs. Doctors can view internal organs as they function, and assess blood flow through vessels.
pulmonary function tests: measures how well the lungs take in and release air, as well as how well they circulate oxygen into the body
- chromosomal analysis
|Our Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC)|
The Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC) was established by the
Orthopedic Center to improve the quality of life for children with musculoskeletal disorders. This collaborative clinical research program is unique in the nation and is playing an instrumental role in establishing, for the first time, evidence-based standards of care for pediatric orthopedic patients throughout the world.