ARRS 2022 Abstracts

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E1799. Imaging Fracture Fixation: Something Old and Something New
Authors
  1. Kimia Kani; University of Maryland School of Medicine
  2. Jack Porrino; Yale School of Medicine
  3. Felix Chew; University of Washington School of Medicine
Background
Follow-up imaging of fracture fixation forms a major part of the musculoskeletal radiologist’s workload. The aims of this presentation are to review the imaging features and complications of fracture fixation hardware with an emphasis on contemporary orthopedic practice.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
The goals of this exhibit are to appropriately categorize fracture fixation hardware; recognize the normal imaging appearance of fracture treatment devices; explain and discuss the indications and mechanisms of action of fracture fixation devices; and identify complications.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
The exhibit will cover categorization and appropriate descriptive nomenclature for pins, wires, screws, plates, rods, nails, and external fixators; indications and mechanisms of action of different hardware categories; common hardware designs tailored for specific anatomic sites (e.g., distal radius, pelvic, and proximal hip fractures); and intra-operative and post-surgical imaging appearances of uncomplicated and complicated hardware.

Conclusion
Following the completion of this educational activity participants should be able to (1) recognize the normal appearance of fracture treatment devices; (2) explain and discuss their indications and mechanisms of action; and (3) identify complications.