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Cloud-based preoperative planning for total hip arthroplasty: a study of accuracy, efficiency, and compliance.

Research paper by Joseph D JD Maratt, Ramesh C RC Srinivasan, William J WJ Dahl, Peter L PL Schilling, Andrew G AG Urquhart

Indexed on: 08 Aug '12Published on: 08 Aug '12Published in: Orthopedics



Abstract

As digital radiography becomes more prevalent, several systems for digital preoperative planning have become available. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and efficiency of an inexpensive, cloud-based digital templating system, which is comparable with acetate templating. However, cloud-based templating is substantially faster and more convenient than acetate templating or locally installed software. Although this is a practical solution for this particular medical application, regulatory changes are necessary before the tremendous advantages of cloud-based storage and computing can be realized in medical research and clinical practice.