Your child’s healthcare provider can diagnose scoliosis with a complete health history of your child and a physical exam. Your child may also need these tests:
X-rays. This test makes images of
internal tissues, bones, and organs. It's the main tool for diagnosing scoliosis. It
measures the degree of spinal curvature.
MRI. This test uses a combination of large magnets and a computer to make detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
CT scan. This test uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body.
Finding scoliosis early is important for treatment. If left untreated, scoliosis can cause problems with heart and lung function. Healthcare providers, and even some school programs, routinely look for signs of scoliosis in children.