ICJR Interviews: Reducing Radiation Exposure in FAI and DDH Patients

    Typically, orthopaedic surgeons order 3D CT scans when planning joint preservation surgery for patients with femoroacetabular impingement or developmental dysplasia of the hip.

    Although these scans provide crucial information about the anatomy, patients are understandably leery of the associated radiation exposure.

    In response to these concerns, surgeons at NYU Langone Medical Center have found the 3D CT scans may not even be necessary: Their research has shown that 3D MRI can provide the same level of detail of the soft tissue and osseous morphology of the hip as the 3D CT scans, allowing them to eliminate the radiation exposure.

    This was a small study – only 14 patients – but it offers important insights into a viable alternative to 3D CT scans that is safer for patients and does not sacrifice the clinical information surgeons need.

    Click the image above to hear Jonathan Vigdorchik, MD, discuss the study, “3D-MRI versus 3D-CT in the Evaluation of Osseous Anatomy in Femoroacetabular Impingement and Hip Dysplasia” (Poster 091), which was presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Orlando.

    Producer: Susan Doan-Johnson; Director: Michael Bugera; Post Production: Charles J. Maynard