A scoliometer is an instrument that measures the asymmetry of the trunk in scoliosis. It is a small, non-invasive device placed above the spine while the subject being measured is in a forward bending position. The display shows the asymmetry of the trunk in degrees.
Depending on the measurement, it is a potential indicator that scoliosis may occur.
Reading the scoliometer is a good baseline measurement and makes it easy to monitor the trunk asymmetry during the follow-up.
The use of the scoliometer by a pediatrician or orthopedic specialist in Spinal disorders are useful for monitoring and evaluation of scoliosis. A positive finding is a reason for ordering an X-ray.
A positive finding is reading 5 degrees or more on scoliometer. This make us to examine the patient with Formetric 4D to further project the spine and to determine the three-dimensional curve.