An interpolation technique to enable accurate three-dimensional joint kinematic analyses using asynchronous biplane fluoroscopy

Mohsen Akbari-Shandiz, Joseph D. Mozingo, David R. Holmes, Kristin D. Zhao

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Biplane 2D-3D model-based registration and radiostereometric analysis (RSA) approaches have been commonly used for measuring three-dimensional, in vivo joint kinematics. However, in clinical biplane systems, the x-ray images are acquired asynchronously, which introduces registration errors. The present study introduces an interpolation technique to reduce image registration error by generating synchronous fluoroscopy image estimates. A phantom study and cadaveric shoulder study were used to evaluate the level of improvement in image registration that could be obtained as a result of using our interpolation technique. Our phantom study results show that the interpolated bead tracking technique was in better agreement with the true bead positions than when asynchronous images were used alone. The overall RMS error of glenohumeral kinematics for interpolated biplane registration was reduced by 1.27 mm, 0.40 mm, and 0.47 mm in anterior-posterior, superior-inferior, and medial-lateral translation, respectively; and 0.47° 0.67° and 0.19° in ab-adduction, internal-external rotation and flexion-extension, respectively, compared to asynchronous registration. The interpolated biplane registration results were consistent with previously reported studies using custom synchronous biplane fluoroscopy technology. This approach will be particularly useful for improving the kinematic accuracy of high velocity activities when using clinical biplane fluoroscopes or two independent c-arms, which are available at a number of institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Engineering and Physics
StatePublished - Oct 2018


  • 2D-3D model-based registration
  • Asynchronous image acquisition
  • Bead tracking
  • Clinical biplane fluoroscopic systems
  • Interpolation
  • Kinematics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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