A new tool for measuring cup orientation in total hip arthroplasties from plain radiographs

Chen Kun Liaw, Sheng Mou Hou, Rong Sen Yang, Tai Yin Wu, Chiou Shann Fuh

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Orientation of the hip cup is important in total hip arthroplasties. Orientation includes abduction (inclination) and anteversion. Anteversion can be considered as true (anatomic) and planar (radiographic) anteversion. Some measurement methods either are too complicated or are less precise. We developed a new protractor to measure cup orientation using postoperative anteroposterior radiographs centered at the hip. The new protractor measures true and planar anteversion and abduction easily and precisely. We verified its accuracy using a software simulator and simulated 45 radio- graphs of total hip arthroplasties with 15 different anteversions ranging from 15°-29° and 45 actual radiographs of total hip arthroplasties. We then measured the planar ante- version with our method and the method of Lewinnek et al. Maximal errors were 3° and 2.61°, respectively, and mean errors were 0.96° and 1.2°, respectively. The standard deviations were 0.74° with our method and 0.57° with the method of Lewinnek et al. For the real radiographs, the mean of absolute difference between the two methods was 1.34°, and the standard deviation was 1.13°. We found no difference between the two methods and no difference in our findings compared with those of Pradhan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-139
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Issue number451
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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