, Volume 22, Issue 10, pp 2333-2334
Date: 24 Jul 2013

“Letter to the Editor” concerning the article: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis treated with posteromedial translation: radiologic evaluation with a 3D low-dose system. Ilharreborde B, Sebag G, Skalli W, Mazda K (2013) Eur Spine J. Apr 12. 10.1007/s00586-013-2910-6

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We compliment Ilharreborde and colleagues [1] on the publication of their article “Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis treated with posteromedial translation: radiologic evaluation with a 3D low-dose system” (Eur Spine J, 2013 Apr). We enjoyed reading the paper, and the EOS® images particularly captured our attention. In cases of severe scoliosis, it is difficult to prevent capturing the facial skeleton. This part of the body might not be the focus of an orthopaedist or orthopaedic surgeon, but the quality of the lateral and anteroposterior acquisition is sufficiently precise for an objective evaluation of the facial skeleton. To predict the facial growth pattern of a child or young adult and asymmetries or displaced/missing teeth, not only lateral but in some cases also anteroposterior radiographs need to be taken. Even small dosages of radiation to the patient will accumulate through a lifetime and should be avoided if possible. The recent and controversial paper published by Claus et al