MRI Diagnostic Monitoring in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Full Title of Study

The Feasibility of Radiation-free Diagnostic Monitoring in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Using a Novel, Upright Positional MRI Protocol

Purpose of Study

Patients and families are often concerned about the level of x-ray radiation exposure required in the monitoring/observation treatment of adolescent patients with scoliosis. The purpose of this study is to determine the reliability of upright, open-air, radiation-free magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as an imaging alternative to conventional x-ray.

Basic Inclusion Criteria (requirements for being included in study)

  • Age 10-21 years
  • Being observed for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis or completely weaned from brace

Basic Exclusion Criteria (reasons for being excluded from study)

  • Any metal in body—for example, spinal instrumentation, braces in the mouth
  • Currently in brace treatment for scoliosis

Study Visit Requirements

Participants will have a set of lateral and anterior/posterior x-rays taken as part of standard evaluation. Participants will then undergo an MRI at the FONAR (upright MRI) center in Long Island within a week of when the x-rays were taken. Participants will be reimbursed $100.00 once the MRIs have been received from the FONAR center.

Principal Investigator

Baron Lonner, MD

Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about clinical trials

For more information about enrolling in this study, please contact Alexandra Lee, alex.lee@nyumc.org or 212-598-6114