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Spine Radiographs for Neuromuscular Scoliosis: The Role of a Seating Device for Dependent Sitters

Segal, Lee S. MD; Shrader, M. Wade MD; Schwentker, Edwards P. MD

doi: 10.1097/BTO.0b013e318243e5d1

Obtaining quality spine radiographs for patients with severe neuromuscular spinal deformities can be challenging. This report provides the rationale for a seating system that improves the quality of spinal radiographs and makes available our blueprint for constructing such a system. A simple design was created, blueprints were drawn, and the chair fabricated by a local machine shop. The chair described in this report cost $920 for materials and took 40 hours of labor to construct. The seating system described provides excellent support and allows for taking high-quality spine radiographs of patients with neuromuscular scoliosis.

Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to M. Wade Shrader, MD, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.