Article co-authored by WBCT ISG Board Member and Secretary Dr Arne Burssens, titled 'Reliability and correlation analysis of computed methods to convert conventional 2D radiological hindfoot measurements to a 3D setting using weightbearing CT', was published in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. Read more below.
The exact radiographic assessment of the hindfoot alignment remains challenging. This is reflected in the different measurement methods available. Weightbearing CT (WBCT) has been demonstrated to be more accurate in hindfoot measurements. However, current measurements are still performed in 2D. This study wants to assess the use of computed methods to convert the former uniplanar hindfoot measurements obtained after WBCT towards a 3D setting.
Forty-eight patients, mean age of 39.6 ± 13.2 years, with absence of hindfoot pathology were included. A WBCT was obtained, and images were subsequently segmented and analyzed using computer-aided design operations. In addition to the hindfoot angle (HA), other ankle and hindfoot parameters such as the anatomical tibia axis, talocalcaneal axis (TCA), talocrural angle, tibial inclination (TI), talar tilt, and subtalar vertical angle were determined in 2D and 3D.
The mean HA2D was 0.79∘ of valgus ± 3.2 and the HA3D was 8.08∘ of valgus ± 6.5. These angles differed significantly from each other with a P<0.001 . The correlation between both showed to be good by a Pearson correlation coefficient (r) of 0.72 ( P<0.001 ). The ICC3D showed to be excellent when compared to the ICC2D , which was good. Similar findings were obtained in other angles. The highest correlation was seen between the TI2D and TI3D (r = 0.83, P<0.001 ) and an almost perfect agreement in the TCA3D ( ICC3D=0.99 ).
This study shows a good and reliable correlation between the HA2D and HA3D . However, the HA3D overcomes the shortcomings of inaccuracy and provides valuable spatial data that could be incorporated during computer-assisted surgery to assess the multiplanar correction of a hindfoot deformity.
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