Preoperative planning of orthopedic procedures using digitalized software systems

Ely L. Steinberg*, Eitan Segev, Michael Drexler, Tomer Ben-Tov, Snir Nimrod

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The progression from standard celluloid films to digitalized technology led to the development of new software programs to fulfill the needs of preoperative planning. We describe here preoperative digitalized programs and the variety of conditions for which those programs can be used to facilitate preparation for surgery. A PubMed search using the keywords “digitalized software programs,” “preoperative planning” and “total joint arthroplasty” was performed for all studies regarding preoperative planning of orthopedic procedures that were published from 1989 to 2014 in English. Digitalized software programs are enabled to import and export all picture archiving communication system (PACS) files (i.e., X-rays, computerized tomograms, magnetic resonance images) from either the local working station or from any remote PACS. Two-dimension (2D) and 3D CT scans were found to be reliable tools with a high preoperative predicting accuracy for implants. The short learning curve, user-friendly features, accurate prediction of implant size, decreased implant stocks and low-cost maintenance makes digitalized software programs an attractive tool in preoperative planning of total joint replacement, fracture fixation, limb deformity repair and pediatric skeletal disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume18
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Digitalized radiography
  • Picture archiving communication system (PACS)
  • Preoperative planning
  • Software programs
  • Templates

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