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J Orthop Sci. 2001;6(6):475-80.

Anteroposterior weight-bearing radiography of the knee with both knees in semiflexion, using new equipment.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kyushu University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan.


In order to obtain high reproducibility and sensitivity in the evaluation of joint space in osteoarthritic knees, we used new equipment, and established an anteroposterior weight-bearing radiograph with both knees in semiflexion taking into account our investigation of the posterior slope angle. We compared our method with the Rosenberg method, and the coefficient of variation of our method showed higher reproducibility than that of the Rosenberg method. The most essential issue is whether the bilateral leg loading radiograph can show the same sensitivity as the homolateral leg loading radiograph. We compared standing radiographs of the knee in 26 degrees flexion with those of 26 degrees flexion in both knees. We assessed the widths of the narrowest points of the joint spaces in the medial and lateral compartments, the condylar plateau angle, and the femorotibial angle, in 47 knees in 24 patients. The data were analyzed statistically by single regression and each correlation was of statistical significance. Our method has better reproducibility and is more comfortable for the subject than conventional methods.

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