Journal article

Non-invasive quantification of lower limb mechanical alignment in flexion

David Russell, Angela Deakin, Quentin A Fogg, Frederic Picard



OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive navigation techniques have recently been developed to determine mechanical femorotibial alignment (MFTA) in extension. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the precision and accuracy of an image-free navigation system with new software designed to provide multiple kinematic measurements of the knee. The secondary aim was to test two types of strap material used to attach optical trackers to the lower limb. METHODS: Seventy-two registrations were carried out on 6 intact embalmed cadaveric specimens (mean age: 77.8 ± 12 years). A validated fabric strap, bone screws and novel rubber strap were used to secure the passive tracker baseplate for four full experiment..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors received material and software support from B. Braun Aesculap, Tuttlingen, Germany, but no financial support was given. Mr. Picard has licences and patents with B. Braun. The Department of Orthopaedics at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital receives funding for research from B. Braun Aesculap and other orthopaedic manufacturers; however, no direct funding was received for this particular study.