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June 2011
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3D Scoliosis Committee Newsletter Update, June 2011

Over the past year, the 3D Scoliosis Committee has kept busy by meeting in person, as well as by teleconferences, to pursue its two main mandates of developing a 3D classification of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and of performing 3D analysis of scoliosis treatment. A summary of the committee’s work over the past 2 years has been recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics and provides, for members interested, a more detailed description of the work performed within the committee (Labelle H, Aubin CE, Jackson R, Lenke L, Newton P, Parent S, Seeing the spine in 3-D: how will it change what we do? J Pediatr Orthop 2011; 31:S37–S45).

One of the main challenges encountered in 3D analysis of scoliotis deformities is to present the additional and complex information brought by adding the 3rd dimension into an understandable manner. The committee is currently working on a graphic display of the axial or ‘’top view’’ of scoliosis which allows a better understanding of how the various curves seen in the frontal plane are oriented in space and how correction in 3D can be achieved after surgery, such as in the example shown below. For members interested in learning more on this topic, a Symposium on 3D analysis of scoliosis will be organized by the 3D Scoliosis Committee and held on Friday September 16 from 12:25 to 14:10 at our next annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

We wish to acknowledge all members of the committee for their work over this past year, with special thanks to the core members: Drs. Lawrence Lenke, Peter Newton, Roger Jackson, Stefan Parent, Ian Stokes and Virginie Lafage.

Co-Chairs: Hubert Labelle, MD and Carl-Éric Aubin, MD Members: Lawrence G. Lenke, MD, Roger P. Jackson, MD, Peter O. Newton, MD, Stefan Parent, MD, Pierre Roussouly, MD, Virginie C. Lafage, PhD.