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Validation of a scoliometer smartphone app to assess scoliosis.
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PMID:  23147635     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: : Surgeons and software developers recognize that apps can improve patient care by replicating the function of existing medical devices. However, the incorporation of new tools requires that the clinical data being recorded is accurate and valid. This study attempts to validate a new iPhone app to measure scoliotic rotation. The objective of this study was to validate the scoliogauge iPhone application by comparing the results to simultaneous readings from a standard Scoliometer.
METHODS: : Four orthopaedic medical providers (attending surgeon, fellow, resident, and nurse practitioner) each read a standard scoliometer at 60 randomly selected angular measurements between -30 and 30 degrees, whereas a blinded observer simultaneously recorded the angular measurement derived from the scoligauge app. The correlation between the 2 measurements were calculated using a Pearson correlation coefficient with a P-value set to <0.05 for significance.
RESULTS: : The Pearson correlation values ranged from 0.9994 to 0.9996 for all providers and all P-values <0.001. There was no increase in time associated with using the app compared with the standard device.
CONCLUSIONS: : The scoligauge app is a convenient novel tool that replicates the function of a standard clinical scoliometer but with a potentially decreased financial cost and greater convenience for providers.
CLINICAL RELEVANCE: : Validation of this new device demonstrates the potential to increase the distribution of cost-effective scoliosis screening tools to a broad population of medical providers.
Orrin I Franko; Christopher Bray; Peter O Newton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric orthopedics     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1539-2570     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Orthop     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109053     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Orthop     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e72-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
*Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California †Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, CA.
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