Reproducibility of standing posture for X-ray radiography: a feasibility study of the BalancAid with healthy young subjects

Dyah Ekashanti Octorina Dewi, Albert G. Veldhuizen, Johannes G.M. Burgerhof, I Ketut Eddy Purnama, Peter M.A. van Ooijen, Michael H.F. Wilkinson, Tati Latifah Erawati Rajab Mengko, Gijsbertus Jacob Verkerke

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Unreliable spinal X-ray radiography measurement due to standing postural variability can be minimized by using positional supports. In this study, we introduce a balancing device, named BalancAid, to position the patients in a reproducible position during spinal X-ray radiography. This study aimed to investigate the performance of healthy young subjects’ standing posture on the BalancAid compared to standing on the ground mimicking the standard X-rays posture in producing a reproducible posture for the spinal X-ray radiography. A study on the posture reproducibility measurement was performed by taking photographs of 20 healthy young subjects with good balance control standing on the BalancAid and the ground repeatedly within two consecutive days. We analyzed nine posterior–anterior (PA) and three lateral (LA) angles between lines through body marks placed in the positions of T3, T7, T12, L4 of the spine to confirm any translocations and movements between the first and second day measurements. No body marks repositioning was performed to avoid any error. Lin’s CCC test on all angles comparing both standing postures demonstrated that seven out of nine angles in PA view, and two out of three angles in LA view gave better reproducibility for standing on the BalancAid compared to standing on the ground. The PA angles concordance is on average better than that of the LA angles.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)3237-3245
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of biomedical engineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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