Portable fluoroscopy devices provide point-of-care imaging in emergency and out-patient clinics. In this prospective study, we compared weightbearing images of syndesmosis obtained using a novel lightweight portable battery-powered fluoroscopy device with those obtained with a conventional radiography device. Eleven healthy participants underwent bilateral 3-view weightbearing imaging of both ankles using a radiography (X-ray group) device and a portable fluoroscopy system (LPF group). Anteroposterior, mortise, and lateral views were compared between the 2 techniques. Radiographic measurements were done by 2 observers. These measurements included talar tilt, tibiofibular clear space, tibiofibular overlap, plafond malleolar angle, medial distal tibial angle, medial clear space, lateral distal tibial angle, anterior and posterior tibiofibular distance were measured using the appropriate view. Data were compared between the 2 techniques; the interobserver agreement was calculated within each group. P < .05 was considered statistically significant. Comparing the 2 imaging modalities, there was no significant difference between the measurements in LPF and X-ray groups except plafond malleolar angle. The overall interobserver agreement was excellent between the 2 observers. There was no significant difference between the measures by the 2 observers and between the bilateral ankles. Fluoroscopy was associated with about 50% extra radiation exposure, although the absolute amount of radiation was not clinically significant. These results support the use of weightbearing images using portable fluoroscopy device as an alternative for the conventional radiography systems.
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Published online: May 18, 2022
Financial Disclosure: The study was supported by Turner Imaging Systems.
Conflict of Interest: The study was supported by Turner Imaging Systems.
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