The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 31, Issue 10, 2320 - 2324

Plain Radiographs are a Useful Substitute for Computed Tomography in Evaluating Acetabular Cup Version

Noback, Peter C. et al.
Hip

Background

The purpose of this study is to compare acetabular component version measurements from cross-table lateral (XTL) radiographs, anteroposterior pelvis (AP-P) and anteroposterior hip (AP-H) radiographs, and axial pelvic computed tomography (CT) scans.

Methods

One hundred fifty hips met our inclusion criteria of having a CT, XTL, and AP-P done postoperatively. Version was measured by 2 authors. Pearson regression analysis assessed correlation between versions of the modalities. Analysis of variance testing compared the averages of the values as a whole and based on demographics. When available, comparisons were also done with AP-H radiographs.

Results

Mean version for XTL and CT scan was 21.7° and 23.8°, respectively, whereas that from AP-P and AP-H radiographs was 12.5° and 17.2°, respectively. XTL and AP-H version measures were closely correlated with CT (P = .81), whereas AP-P measurements were only moderately correlated with CT (P = .75). AP-P and AP-H were significantly (P < .05) different from CT, whereas XTL was not (P = .36).

Conclusion

The XTL radiograph remains a useful, cheaper, and safer substitute for CT scan when assessing supine version in the postoperative setting.


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