Scoliosis Screening, Minnesota Department of Health

Scoliosis Screening

MDH Recommendations on Scoliosis School Screening

MDH recommends selective screening in schools according to the following guidelines:

  • Girls are to be screened in the fall of 5th grade AND spring of 6th grade.
  • Screening is no longer recommended for boys.
  • The preferred screening method is the scoliometer, used according to instructions.
  • Children screened with an angle of trunk rotation (ATR) greater than or equal to 6 degrees are to be referred to their primary care provider.
  • No watch list is recommended for children with an ATR less than 6 degrees.

MDH will continue to provide consultation and technical assistance for development of scoliosis materials and keep the MDH website up-to-date on school-based scoliosis screening recommendations.

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and Shriners Hospitals for Children will continue to lead scoliosis screening seminars and education.