The 2D shape of the lumbar spine in the sagittal plane can be determined from lordosis angles measured between the corresponding end-plates of the vertebral bodies or by using an active shape model (ASM) of the vertebral body outline. The ASM was previously shown to be a more efficient and reliable method, but its accuracy has not been assessed. The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of an ASM for characterising lumbar spine shape and compare this to conventional measurements. Images of 25 different lumbar spine shapes were generated and measured, using both methods, by three independent observers. The accuracy of the ASM, determined from lordosis angles predicted by the model, was found to be better than conventional measurements.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering|
|Early online date||6 Jan 2011|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
- active shape model
- lumbar spine
- end plate angles