Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities
When evaluating a patient with potential early-onset scoliosis, your doctor will first take a detailed history and perform a thorough physical assessment. After this, the next step is obtaining X-rays of the spine and neck. CT and MRI scans are also sometimes done to get a three-dimensional view of the spine and how it is positioned in the body. In children less than 3 months of age, sometimes an ultrasound can be helpful. Your doctor may also recommend an ultrasound of the kidneys or investigations related to the heart, since the kidneys and heart are formed at the same time as the vertebrae. Something that affects the spine may also affect these other organs.