What are the Advantages of Using a 3D Fluoroscopy C-Arm in Foot and Ankle Surgery?

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The 3D fluoroscopy C-arm, commonly referred to as “intraoperative CT” within the industry, allows for the acquisition of axial, coronal, sagittal, or arbitrary oblique reconstructed images during surgery. This capability enables sequential observation of morphological changes at various fracture sites.

Why Use 3D Fluoroscopy C-arm in Foot and Ankle Surgery?

Many surgeries in foot and ankle orthopedics involve intra-articular fractures. For such fractures, surgeons need to perform anatomical reduction, ensuring that all joint surfaces of the ankle are smooth. Achieving this requires three-dimensional imaging assessment, as precise judgment is challenging with conventional two-dimensional images such as standard anteroposterior and lateral views, which do not adequately depict joint planes. Preoperatively, patients may undergo CT scans with three-dimensional reconstruction, enabling surgeons to clearly visualize joint surfaces. During surgery, conventional X-ray imaging often fails to meet surgical requirements. Therefore, surgeons prefer equipment capable of providing three-dimensional imaging, such as the 3D fluoroscopy C-arm.

Advantages of 3D Fluoroscopy C-arm in Foot and Ankle Surgery

  1. Ensures Smoother Joint Surfaces during Surgery
  2. Ensures Accurate Placement of Screws at Fracture Sites

Ensuring accurate placement of screws at fracture sites, rather than inadvertently penetrating joint surfaces, is critical. Without the assistance of three-dimensional imaging during surgery, there is a risk of such complications or the need for intraoperative adjustments, potentially prolonging surgical duration.

However, the presence of a 3D fluoroscopy C-arm during surgery can mitigate these risks, ensuring precise surgical treatment and significantly enhancing surgical effectiveness while reducing unnecessary patient complications.

The Perlove Medical 3D fluoroscopy C-arm is a domestic brand that was among the first in China to receive registration for its three-dimensional imaging capabilities. It features a compact, flexible design and provides both 2D and 3D intraoperative imaging with a wider imaging field and clearer image quality, thereby enhancing the precision and safety of clinical surgeries.

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