Stereophotogrammetry of the Lumbar Spine: A Technique for the Detection of Pseudarthrosis

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Abstract

A computer-assisted photogrammetric method for the detection of pseudarthrosis following spinal fusion is described. This radiologic method is quantitative and noninvasive and requires a minimum of clinician time. Results of tests with a phantom specimen are presented. Preliminary indications are that the method may prove to be a useful adjunct to the clinician in monitoring the postoperative course of patients requiring fusion procedures.

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