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VOLUME 12 , ISSUE 2 ( August, 2017 ) > List of Articles


The silhouette technique: improving post-operative radiographs for planning of correction with a hexapod external fixator

Shiraz A. Sabah, Shelain Patel, Gavin Spence

Keywords : Radiograph, Deformity correction, Hexapod, Taylor spatial frame, Planning

Citation Information : Sabah SA, Patel S, Spence G. The silhouette technique: improving post-operative radiographs for planning of correction with a hexapod external fixator. 2017; 12 (2):127-131.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-017-0287-5

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Correction of deformity of a bone through use of a hexapod external fixator requires clear definition of the relationship between the bone and the frame. Achieving adequate orthogonal calibrated radiographs for this aim, with minimum X-ray exposure, can prove a challenge in the radiography suite. We describe a simple technique for obtaining adequate imaging, without the use of additional equipment. Introduction of the technique to our department has demonstrated an improvement in the adequacy of planning radiographs and a reduction in the requirement for repeat imaging.

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