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
Your spine surgeon may suggest a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study in a case of infantile idiopathic scoliosis that is not getting better, to determine if there are any abnormalities of the spinal cord or spinal column that are causing to the deformity. The decision to get an MRI in an infant is not a simple one. Generally sedation, or even anesthesia, with their associated risks, is necessary to relax the child so that good images can be taken. Because of these complicating factors, sometimes an MRI is put off until the child is older.