n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Evaluating fracture healing using digital x-ray image analysis : fracture healing

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



A well-defined and consistently quantifiable method to monitor fracture healing is not currently available in the standard clinical setting. Evaluation of the stage and rate of healing is important for predicting ability to bear weight fully as well as for identifying fractures that may be affected by delayed or non-union. It is also important to have a reliable and sensitive way to evaluate fracture healing objectively in the research setting, in order to design useful studies for quantitative evaluation of the efficacy of different treatment methods. Digital X-ray combined with image analysis could provide a simple and cost-effective solution to this problem.

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