What does the inside of your hip look like? Your knee? Shoulder?
You may not need or want to know. But for doctors attempting to treat patients with joint problems, the knowledge is essential. Recent advances in imaging technology are providing doctors enhanced views of damaged joints and, in the process, transforming how they approach joint replacement surgery and follow-up care.
“Imaging is part of the surgical procedure, it’s part of diagnosis, it’s part of surgical planning, and it’s part of surgical execution,” says Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD, chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute. “Pretty cool stuff.”
Take a look inside how doctors are using this vast treasure trove of visual information to choose the correct type of implant, custom fit the impant for a patient and then precisely monitor the surgically repaired joint post-operation.