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Maguire P.,New York Veterinary Specialty Center | Siclari M.,Islip Animal Hospital | Lesser A.,New York Veterinary Specialty Center
Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology | Year: 2014

Objectives: To describe the radiographic length distortion associated with femoral tilt during cranio-caudal positioning. To describe a modified bisecting angle technique to alleviate image foreshortening. Methods: Five pairs of femurs were imaged. The femurs were tilted from 0 to 50 degrees and the X-ray anode was tilted from 0 to 40 degrees. Femoral length was measured on the resulting images. A geometric model depicting sagittal femoral positioning was described with two trigonometric formulas. Trigonometric formula 1 (TF1) was designed to predict apparent femoral length. Data generated by TF1 were compared to the cadaveric study results. Trigonometric formula 2 (TF2), based on the same model, was used to predict the ideal anode angle (iAA) to alleviate foreshortening. Unrelated to the model, a simplified linear formula (SF) was created to approximate the TF2. Data generated with the SF and the TF2 were compared. Results: When the femoral specimens were tilted to 20 degrees or greater, significant foreshortening was appreciated (p <0.001). Increasing the anode angle increased apparent length, eliminating foreshortening. Data generated by the TF1 agreed closely with the results of the cadaveric study (R2 = 0.999). The SF and the TF2 demonstrated close agreement and were able to predict an iAA consistent with the results of the cadaveric study. Clinical significance: A femoral tilt of 20 degrees or greater results in significant image foreshortening and may warrant alternate radiographic techniques. If the femur is tilted, adjusting the anode angle can alleviate femoral foreshortening. © Schattauer 2014.

Kranz S.T.,New York Veterinary Specialty Center | Lesser A.S.,New York Veterinary Specialty Center
Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology | Year: 2011

Objective: To assess movement of ulnar segments radiographically, following proximal and midshaft ulnar osteotomy or ostectomy after arthroscopic treatment for dogs diagnosed with medial coronoid disease. Methods: Fragmentation and cartilage wear were treated arthroscopically and the presence of incongruity confirmed. Osteotomies were performed at the mid-point or proximal third of the length of the ulna. The distance of separation between the ulnar segments and the adjacent radius were measured and followed by serial radiographs postoperatively until healing had occurred. Results: Proximal oblique osteotomies located at one-third the length of the ulna were associated with the most movement of the ulnar segments, most notably of the proximal segment. Osteotomies or ostectomies performed in the middle demonstrated less segmental movement and on average, slightly longer time to heal. Movement of the ulnar segments in both groups occurred immediately, and then peaked at two to four weeks postoperatively, tending to plateau thereafter. Clinical significance: Radioulnar incongruity is considered a facet of the aetiopathogenesis of canine medial coronoid disease. This creates abnormal loads and focal wear along the medial coronoid process. Performing an oblique osteotomy at a location measured at the proximal third of the length of the ulna allows increased movement of the proximal segment, which may result in unloading of the medial compartment. Performing an osteotomy or ostectomy distally dampens segmental movement due to constraint of the interosseous ligament. These findings suggest that a proximal oblique osteotomy at this location creates immediate favourable movement with low morbidity. © Schattauer 2011.

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