Dr Minghao Li

    Queensland X-Ray Clinical Research Masters Student

    MBBS, B.Sc (Biology)

    CHQ Research Day SeqMRI Poster
    Sequential 3D Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Progressive Idiopathic Scoliosis

    Dr Minghao Li commenced his research Masters project early 2020 as part of a 2 year Clinical/Masters position with the Biomechanics & Spine Research Group, in association with the Queensland University of Technology and The Queensland Children’s Hospital.  Ming’s project will analyse the morphology of the vertebral body endplate in the growing adolescent using a cohort of adolescents with and without idiopathic scoliosis. Each participant group has had 3 to 5 sequential MRI scans (approx 6-12 months apart) between the ages of 10 to 16 years to capture the growth of their spines during adolescence. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a three-dimensional spinal deformity affecting 0.47-5.2% of the population and is up to seven times more common in females than males. It is assumed AIS development is of multi-factorial origin, however despite being identified decades ago, the appearance and progression of this complex deformity is still not well  understood. The final results of his project will assist in further improving our understanding of spinal deformity progression in AIS patients, and in-turn optimise treatment options as well as being able to advise the most beneficial timing of these treatments.