In 20 patients undergoing hybrid total hip arthroplasty, the reproducibility and accuracy of templating using digital radiographs were assessed. Digital images were manipulated using either a ten-pence coin as a marker to scale for magnification, or two digital-line methods using computer software. On-screen images were templated with standard acetate templates and compared with templating performed on hard-copy digital prints.
The digital-line methods were the least reliable and accuracy of sizing compared with the inserted prostheses varied between −1.6% and +10.2%. The hard-copy radiographs showed better reproducibility than the ten-pence coin method, but were less accurate with 3.7% undersizing. The ten-pence coin method was the most accurate, with no significant differences for offset or acetabulum, and undersizing of only 0.9%.
On-screen templating of digital radiographs with standard acetate templates is accurate and reproducible if a radiopaque marker such as a ten-pence coin is included when the original radiograph is taken.