Gary Ulrich1* and David Rich2
1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Kentucky College of Medicine,
Lexington, KY, USA
2Eclipse Orthopaedics LLC, Warsaw, IN, USA
*Corresponding Author: Gary Ulrich, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA.
Received: July 18, 2023; Published: July 30, 2023
The radiographic targeting attachment (RTA) being developed by Eclipse Orthopaedics offers a new way to perform the distal locking portion of intramedullary nailing procedures by combining the modalities of fluoroscopy and drilling into a single device. With the RTA device, an orthopedic surgeon possesses a drill that can take its own fluoroscopic images; thus, providing a way to improve radiation exposure, operative time, and ease of use. In preliminary cadaveric studies, the RTA device lowered the radiation exposure by 50%, reduced the operative time for distal locking by 30%, and was subjectively easier to use via orthopedic surgeon feedback. The RTA device has demonstrated initial success in pre-clinical studies and Eclipse Orthopaedics is currently seeking larger preclinical studies to demonstrate the RTA device’s efficacy for eventual clinical use .
Keywords: Radiographic Targeting Attachment; Distal Locking; Radiation Exposure; Intramedullary Nailing
Citation: Gary Ulrich and David Rich. “The Radiographic Targeting Attachment-A New Freehand Targeting Device for Distal Locking of Intramedullary Nails".Acta Scientific Orthopaedics 6.8 (2023): 123-125.
Copyright: © 2023 Gary Ulrich and David Rich. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.