Testing & Diagnosis for Lordosis in Children

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How does a doctor know my child has lordosis?

The physician makes the diagnosis of lordosis with a complete medical history of the child, physical examination, and diagnostic tests. Your child's physician obtains a complete prenatal and birth history of the child and asks if other family members are known to have lordosis.

What testing will be done to help diagnose lordosis?

•   Bone scan - a nuclear imaging method to evaluate any degenerative and/or
    arthritic changes in the joints; to detect bone diseases and tumors; to
    determine the cause of bone pain or inflammation

•   blood tests

•   X-ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal
    tissues, bones, and organs onto film

•   Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radio
    frequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.

•   radionuclide scans - nuclear scans of various organs to determine blood flow to the organs.

•   Computerized Tomography Scan (also called a CT or CAT scan) – A diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a
    combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called "slices"), both
    horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones,
    muscles, fat and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general X-rays.
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