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  • Bone Density Analysis of the Sacroiliac Joint Along Two Alternative Trajectories

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    Daniel J Cook MS; Christopher Payne MD; Matthew S Yeager BS; Gary Schmidt MD; Michael Y. Oh MD; Boyle C. Cheng PhD; Derek Lindsey MS; Scott Yerby

    Study Design:
    Laboratory Investigation

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    Meeting: Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2017 Annual Meeting

    Introduction: The surgical trajectory within the CT scan of human cadaveric specimens of three laterally (L) and two posterior-laterally (PL) placed implants were simulated to compare bone density along them.

    Methods: Nine human cadaveric specimens were CT scanned using a clinical CT scanner (Somatom, Siemens, Munich, Germany). The sacrum and ilia of each specimen were segmented using ScanIP (Synopsys, Mountain View, CA). Cylindrical volumes approximating each trajectory were defined. The voxels in each CT scan lying within these volumes were identified, and the voxels lying within the intersection of these volumes and each sacrum and ilium volume were identified. The Hounsfield Units (HU) of the voxels within each of these intersecting volumes were then used for analysis.

    Results: A 2-Way MANOVA on Mean, Median, Cortical Volume, Bone Density, Cortical Density, Cancellous Density and Bone Fraction was conducted over Body (Sacrum/Ilium) and Orientation (L/PL) with Bonferroni-corrected post hoc analysis. All measures except cancellous density were found to be significantly greater in the Ilium for the L trajectories compared to PL (p<0.001). No significant differences were detected between orientations within the Sacrum. All seven outcome measures were significantly greater in the Ilium compared to the Sacrum when compared irrespective of orientation (p<0.001).

    Conclusions: The results of this study indicate greater density of bone in the Ilium along the L trajectory compared to the PL trajectory. The finding of greater density along this trajectory is driven not only by a greater volume of cortical bone in the lateral region, but also by a greater mean density of the cortical bone found there. These findings indicate a potential for superior fixation within the lateral ilium compared to the posterior. This study also indicates greater measures of bone density in the ilium compared to the sacrum.

    Patient Care: This research indicates that lateral trajectories of fixation of the sacroiliac joint may provide better fixation than those along a posteriorlateral trajectory. This may potentially reduce the risk of failed fusion and reoperation.

    Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: 1. To evaluateDescribe the comparative bone density between the ilium and sacrum along a path corresponding to sacroiliac fusion along a lateral trajectory 2. To evaluateDescribe the comparative bone density between the ilium and sacrum along a path corresponding to sacroiliac fusion along a lateral trajectory 3. To evaluateDescribe the comparative bone density between sacroiliac fusion along a lateral and posterior lateral trajectory.


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