Testing & Diagnosis for Spine problems in Children

At Boston Children's Hospital, we know that the first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis.

Most spinal problems are detected by a child’s parents or pediatrician, or by school screenings. Once a problem is detected, doctors will use medical and family histories, physical exams and diagnostic tests to determine the nature and extent of your child’s spinal condition. Testing can include:

•   x-rays
•   magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
•   computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)
•   blood tests
•   ultrasound (sonogram)
•   bone scans
•   bone density scans (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, DEXA, DXA)
•   pulmonary function tests