Can the use of femoral notch view alone decrease measurement error of distal interlocking screws after retrograde femoral nailing
Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation
OBJECTIVES: Determine if using different fluoroscopic views of the knee (Notch or Tangential) improves accuracy of screw lengths assessment compared to the standard posteroanterior (PA).
PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Orthopaedic surgeons at three ACGME-accredited residency programs were asked via survey to assess screw lengths on PA, femoral notch, and tangential radiographic views.
RESULTS: Responders correctly identified screw length using PA, femoral notch, and medial tangential views at rates of 46.75%, 52.27%, and 44.37% respectively. Respondents detected overall screw length discrepancies most accurately using the femoral notch view (Odds Ratio 1.26; 95% confidence interval: 1.07-1.47; P < 0.005). There was no statistical difference between the residents and faculty cohort in ability to detect screw length discrepancy.
CONCLUSION: Differentiating distal interlocking screw lengths on traditional imaging (AP/Notch/Tangential) is poor. The femoral notch view significantly improves accuracy in radiographic determination of screw length. The femoral notch view should be used in conjunction with the traditional PA view to maximize sensitivity and specificity for detecting prominent screws.
Distal interlocking screws, Femoral notch view, Symptomatic
DOI of Published Version
Injury. 2019 Apr;50(4):962-965. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2019.03.012. Epub 2019 Mar 15. Link to article on publisher's site
Liu B, Zuelzer DA, Allen J, Comadoll S, Hsu JR, Swart EF, Matuszewski PE. (2019). Can the use of femoral notch view alone decrease measurement error of distal interlocking screws after retrograde femoral nailing. Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation Publications. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.injury.2019.03.012. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/ortho_pp/199