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Type: Journal article
Title: The accuracy and precision of radiostereometric analysis in monitoring tibial plateau fractures
Author: Solomon, L.
Stevenson, A.
Callary, S.
Sullivan, T.
Howie, D.
Chehade, M.
Citation: Acta Orthopaedica, 2010; 81(4):487-494
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1745-3674
1745-3682
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Lucian B Solomon, Aaron W Stevenson, Stuart A Callary, Thomas R Sullivan, Donald W Howie, and Mellick J Chehade
Abstract: Background and purpose: The application of radiostereometric analysis (RSA) to monitor stability of tibial plateau fractures during healing is both limited and yet to be validated. We therefore evaluated the accuracy and precision of RSA in a tibial plateau fracture model. Methods: Combinations of 3, 6, and 9 markers in a lateral condyle fracture were evaluated with reference to 6 proximal tibial arrangements. Translation and rotation accuracy was assessed with displacement-controlled stages, while precision was assessed with dynamic double examinations. A comparison of error according to marker number and arrangement was completed with 2-way ANOVA models. Results: The results were improved using more tantalum markers in each segment. In the fracture fragment, marker scatter in all axes was achieved by a circumferential arrangement (medial, anterior, and lateral) of the tantalum markers above the fixation devices. Markers placed on either side of the tibial tuberosity and in the medial aspect of the fracture split represented the proximal tibial reference segment best. Using 6 markers with this distribution in each segment, the translation accuracy (root mean square error) was less than 37 μm in all axes. The precision (95% confidence interval) was less than ± 16 μm in all axes in vitro. Rotation, tested around the x-axis, had an accuracy of less than 0.123° and a precision of ± 0.024°. Interpretation: RSA is highly accurate and precise in the assessment of lateral tibial plateau fracture fragment movement. The validation of our center's RSA system provides evidence to support future clinical RSA fracture studies.
Keywords: Humans; Tibial Fractures; Photogrammetry; Reproducibility of Results; Phantoms, Imaging; Fracture Healing; Rotation; Practice Guidelines as Topic
RMID: 0020101110
DOI: 10.3109/17453674.2010.487930
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