Computer Aided Orthopaedic Surgery: Incremental shift or paradigm change?


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Abstract

HighlightsComputer Aided Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) is now 25 years old. Unlike neurosurgery, it has not become the standard of care in Orthopaedic Surgery.This paper outlines the history of CAOS, reviews its main technologies, describes how they are evaluated, and discusses the challenges and opportunities.While CAOS acceptance may be more moderate than that of other fields in surgery, it still is a useful tool for orthopaedic surgeons.There has never been a better time for the development of CAOS and for related medical image analysis research.Computer Aided Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) is now about 25 years old. Unlike Neurosurgery, Computer Aided Surgery has not become the standard of care in Orthopaedic Surgery. In this paper, we provide the technical and clinical context raised by this observation in an attempt to elucidate the reasons for this state of affairs. We start with a brief outline of the history of CAOS, review the main CAOS technologies, and describe how they are evaluated. We then identify some of the current publications in the field and present the opposing views on their clinical impact and their acceptance by the orthopaedic community worldwide. We focus on total knee replacement surgery as a case study and present current clinical results and contrasting opinions on CAOS technologies. We then discuss the challenges and opportunities for research in medical image analysis in CAOS and in musculoskeletal radiology. We conclude with a suggestion that while CAOS acceptance may be more moderate than that of other fields in surgery, it still has a place in the arsenal of useful tools available to orthopaedic surgeons.Graphical abstract

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