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12.05.2017 | Short Communication | Ausgabe 2/2017 Open Access

Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction 2/2017

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

Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction > Ausgabe 2/2017
Jonathan Wright, Shiraz A. Sabah, Shelain Patel, Gavin Spence


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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