Radiographic cup anteversion measurement corrected from pelvic tilt

Liao Wang, Andrew R. Thoreson, Robert T. Trousdale, Bernard F. Morrey, Kerong Dai, Kai Nan An

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The purpose of this study was to develop a novel technique to improve the accuracy of radiographic cup anteversion measurement by correcting the influence of pelvic tilt. Ninety virtual total hip arthroplasties were simulated from computed tomography data of 6 patients with 15 predetermined cup orientations. For each simulated implantation, anteroposterior (AP) virtual pelvic radiographs were generated for 11 predetermined pelvic tilts. A linear regression model was created to capture the relationship between radiographic cup anteversion angle error measured on AP pelvic radiographs and pelvic tilt. Overall, nine hundred and ninety virtual AP pelvic radiographs were measured, and 90 linear regression models were created. Pearson's correlation analyses confirmed a strong correlation between the errors of conventional radiographic cup anteversion angle measured on AP pelvic radiographs and the magnitude of pelvic tilt (P < 0.001). The mean of 90 slopes and y-intercepts of the regression lines were −0.8 and −2.5° which were applied as the general correction parameters for the proposed tool to correct conventional cup anteversion angle from the influence of pelvic tilt. The current method proposes to measure the pelvic tilt on a lateral radiograph, and to use it as a correction for the radiographic cup anteversion measurement on an AP pelvic radiograph. Thus, both AP and lateral pelvic radiographs are required for the measurement of pelvic posture-integrated cup anteversion. Compared with conventional radiographic cup anteversion, the errors of pelvic posture-integrated radiographic cup anteversion were reduced from 10.03 (SD = 5.13) degrees to 2.53 (SD = 1.33) degrees. Pelvic posture-integrated cup anteversion measurement improves the accuracy of radiographic cup anteversion measurement, which shows the potential of further clarifying the etiology of postoperative instability based on planar radiographs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Engineering and Physics
StatePublished - Nov 2017


  • Digitally reconstructed radiograph
  • Pelvic tilt
  • Radiographic cup anteversion
  • Total hip arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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